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Book Reviews ~ Beginning Anew

PaulaBeginning Anew by Author Paula Rose Michelson

“Beginning Anew” is the third book I have read and reviewed in the captivating “Casa de Naomi (House of Blessing)” series and it certainly won’t be the last if there are more novels to come by talented Author Paula Rose Michelson. It felt like I was visiting some very old and dear friends as I was quickly drawn into their intriguing lives yet again.

Chaz and Naomi have reaffirmed their marriage vows and are about to resume where they left off after their very unfortunate and painful separation. Chaz is still consumed with guilt for the unkind way he treated Naomi when he discovered her religious background. Full of remorse and with a somewhat clearer understanding of not only her heritage but his as well, they both set their minds to starting over and beginning anew in their yet to be consummated marriage. As to be expected, they are truly blessed with the love they have for each other and now they must learn to cherish, respect, and be totally honest with one another as they grow in that love.

Chaz has a surprise for Naomi…a beautiful hand carved sign hung above the entrance to the recently remodelled casa. Naomi prefers that it be placed above the former grandmother’s home behind the main house. When Tio Luis comes over to make the change, he begins to share the origin of the casa when, in the early 1900’s Vieda came to live in Spanish Harlem with her papa. Naomi thinks he has misspelled Tia Vida’s name…however, she is soon to discover otherwise.

After their emotional upheaval, Chaz and Naomi are determined to share…“the unique gift of being able to come together, fully known, and still be loved.” Yet, there are many new secrets to be uncovered. When Justine gives Vieda’s journal to Naomi to assist her in helping Chaz better understand his heritage, Naomi gets a much better understanding of Vieda. The more she reads, the more she is captivated and intrigued by her personal story. Strange things start to happen to her…it is as if Vieda is now communicating directly to her. Naomi senses her presence and can mysteriously play on the piano like she has never played before. It is as if Vieda is now reliving her life through the eyes of Naomi. Although this concept is beyond Naomi’s comprehension, she knows she must follow through with reading Vieda’s journal in order to have closure not only for Vieda but for her and Chaz as well.

“Beginning Anew” is yet another incredible romantic novel in this fictional series penned by gifted Author Paula Rose Michelson. I could not put this book down as I was so captivated by the storyline with its rare combination of fact…..the history of the persecution of the hidden Jews and fiction….the enticing love story between Chaz and Naomi whereby they have the opportunity to discover “echad” in the deep abiding love uniquely found in a God-centered marriage. This author truly demonstrates her faith in her own words as she states…“God is faithful! Whatever he has called you to do, when you step out in faith, as I did, God will meet you and together you will become more than a conqueror!” Her books testify this belief and her personal relationship with Messiah Yeshua. A rare gem indeed!

Inspirational Author & Book Reviewer ~ Dolores Ayotte


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