AUTHOR: Sara Davison
PUBLISHER: Ashberry Lane
When your beliefs are at war, does love stand a chance?
Bookstore owner Meryn O'Reilly and Army Captain Jesse Christensen are on opposite sides of a battle. After a series of terrorist attacks in 2053, martial law has been declared in Canada and the military has taken over. When a radical Christian group claims responsibility, Jesse and his platoon are sent to Meryn's city to keep an eye on the Christians and ensure they are not stepping outside the confines of the law.
Fiery and quick-tempered, Meryn chafes under the curfew and other restrictions to her freedom. Jesse is equally amused, intrigued, and terrified by her spirit. She could find herself in prison if she shows defiance to the wrong soldier, namely Lieutenant Gallagher.
Jesse watches out for Meryn when possible, although she wants nothing to do with him. His worst fears are realized when she commits a crime he cannot protect her from. Now they both face an uncertain future and the very real threat of losing everything, including their lives. With time running out, Jesse works feverishly to convince the authorities to show leniency to Meryn. And to convince her that love can overcome any barrier that lies between them.
The first book of the Seven trilogy will have you biting your nails to the quick as Jesse and Meryn’s romance takes them to a place they never thought possible. Love and beliefs in 2053 battle it out as Canada, and the world, becomes an increasingly dangerous place for those who call themselves Christians.
I’d seen Sara Davison’s The End Begins on various internet sites, and while intrigued, I didn’t grab a copy right away. Why? Because I was afraid. I usually avoid stories about end times, because fear wraps around my faith and squeezes tightly. But recently I was gifted a copy of this book, and it turned out to be more than worth the risk. Yes, it is tense. Yes, it did make me realize these terrible events could happen—and soon.
Actually, the only complaint I have with The End Begins is the year of the story, because I believe such federal opposition to Christianity is imminent. But the message of faith in the face of trials carried me through this story, and one line continues to resonate: “This is God, pulling out all the stops.” That reminder of Who is in control, no matter the circumstances, shines not only in this story, but in my heart. I feel compelled to share one other line, so beautifully written, as the hero realizes that forgiveness is “the light that counteracts the darkness of all this pain.” Such a wonderful hope!
Ms. Davison’s characters are realistic, and Meryn’s spunk and rock-solid faith contrasted perfectly with Jesse’s doubts and duties. Their dialogue, in particular, sparkles, and the supporting cast covers the spectrum of good and evil.
The End Begins challenged my fearfulness and encouraged my faith. It earns five stars, and I highly recommend it.