Monday, June 11, 2018

What an Inspirational Story!! Don't forget to enter the author's giveaway!

                               "Tremors of Doubt"

                                 By Lael Harrelson

  About the Book: 
Genre: Contemporary Amish Alternative
Release Date: March 19, 2018
Would the will of God ever lead a young woman against the counsel of family and church? For a young Mennonite woman who wants to make a difference in the world, growing up on the mission field in Haiti should be the perfect fit. But not for Callie Zimmerman. Raised by her aunt and uncle after the death of her parents, Callie works beside her aunt cooking, cleaning and sewing each day as the men head off to serve the community. She longs to do more to alleviate the poverty and sickness that surrounds her, but tradition and her uncle forbid it. On the eve of her twenty-third birthday, struggling with hopelessness as another year passes, Callie pleads with God to open a door for her. The prayer has barely left her mouth when she finds a stack of letters with secrets about her parent’s deaths and their excommunication from the Mennonite church. Devastated, Callie cries herself to sleep, only to be awakened a few hours later by her uncle with the startling news the Noah Koehn has asked permission to court her. Is one of these the answer to her prayer? Would exploring her parents past mean losing a future with Noah? Is it worth the risk?
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About the Author:   

Raised by a fun loving, atheist single mom who struggled with depression and mental illness I spent my childhood backpacking around Europe, visiting yoga communes, eating vegan, living on a houseboat, then an old pony express outpost in the backwoods of Montana. My teen years took a drastic turn when my mom got saved, got married, and joined an ultra-conservative Mennonite church. Faith, step parents and unquestioning obedience is a dangerous combination when mixed with mental illness, legalism, and heavy handed physical correction.
I became a confused believer with a heart for Jesus but drowning under a sea of rules, regulations, and legalism. I became a missionary teacher and then a nurse and escaped to the mission field, the one avenue open to single women. I taught VBS on Indian reservations, led school for missionary children in Haiti and Africa. All around me was heartache and disease and glaring need. I longed to make a difference but was limited to working on the mission compound – teaching, cooking, cleaning. Work outside the walls of the compound was reserved for the men.
On a furlough, I met my future husband – a new believer who wasn’t looking for a door mat in a wife but a partner. As he grew in his faith, I reexamined mine and what Biblical womanhood looked like. Timidly at first, but then eagerly, as I discovered a new relationship with Jesus Christ based on grace and not performance. I left the Mennonite church and married the love of my life twenty years ago. We have five beautiful teenagers, two by birth and three through adoption from Haiti. My husband is adopted and God used my time in Haiti to prepare me to understand my children’s culture and language and ease their transitions home.
Two people in my family have mild Asperger’s and one has Reactive Attachment disorder, PTSD, and ODD. Our house is not a quiet, well greased machine but a chaotic, happy, crazy, nerve racking, love filled oasis where we all try to help each other grow and thrive. I am so thankful for my life – the good and the bad. I feel blessed to have experienced so many unique situations and to love and be loved by so many wonderful and eccentric people. It is from these experiences I draw the fiction stories I write. I like to think of them as fiction with grit – fast paced and entertaining stories that make you want to read till the very last page while at the same time tackling real life issues – legalism, abuse, divorce, adoption, Asperger syndrome, mental illness, etc.

 My Thoughts:

What a beautiful tale of a young woman who has been true to her family and their faith!! I immediately became intrigued by  Callie's strength and desire to do what is best for others but also wrestle with the desires of her soul. It was a tough battle and drew me right into the midst of her rocky road of life. The desire to give this girl a hug and encouragement was overwhelming at times. I lived the story right alongside Callie. Unexpected trials causing great grief and confusion captured my attention and I was unable to put this book down!!  The world passed me by as I became totally caught up in the story of a girl who wanted to only please others but at the same time needed to find out what God had planned for her. Others don't always realize what our individual needs are and often unfairly  judge us.

A very clear message shone loud and clear throughout this novel. God is with us in all times, good and bad. He , and only He, can plan for our future. Our happiness is dependent on our faith in His power and willingness to live accordingly.

I highly recommend this inspirational story. It is one that will make you think! Is life supposed to be filled with joy and fun?? Who should we listen to when making decisions.  Callie certainly exemplified a sensitive Christian girl dealing with many challenges who was willing to change in order to please the Lord. 
The thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.

Guest Post from Lael Harrelson

To the casual observer, Haiti is a magical island of swaying palms, laughing children, and azure blue oceans, but for one who takes the time to look deeper, a darker truth emerges. Starvation. Desperation. Darkness. Hopelessness.
Callie’s church is a shining beacon of family values, sincere faith, and simple living but, again, for one who takes the time to dive deeper, there is a hidden trail of broken spirits, crushed dreams, and oppressed women and girls.
Drawing inspiration from my experiences as a Haitian missionary and former Mennonite, I hope you will find Tremors of Doubt not only entertaining but life changing as you follow Callie’s journey through self-doubt, crushed dreams, love triangles, life changing secrets, and fragile hope as she navigates being the daughter of Haitian missionaries on an exotic Caribbean Island where danger is lurking just below the surface.

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To celebrate her tour, Lael is giving away a grand prize of an autographed copy of Tremors of Doubt, an adorable set of Amish dolls, a set of handwritten recipe cards with mouthwatering Amish recipes, a handmade Haitian bracelet made by Haitian students, a pound of nationally acclaimed Haitian coffee, a bar of rich Haitian chocolate, and a $25 Amazon gift card!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!


  1. Such an interesting sounding book! I read a lot of Amish fiction and after a while they all start to sound the same. This one however sounds new and fresh and interesting.

    1. Hi, Jessie. Tremors of Doubt is definitely different! Let me know what you think :)

  2. This sounds lime a great Amish story..I would love to read and discover what happens..thanks for a chance

    1. Hi, Rory! I hope you enjoy the story. Tell me what your thoughts are on it!

  3. Lovely review, Karla. I loved reading this story by Lael Harrelson.

  4. This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win it.

    1. Betti, Thank you! Come over and see me on and let's get to know each other!

  5. I love reading Amish book, and this sounds like one I don't want to miss!

    1. Thanks for the encouraging words, Tiffany! I hope you enjoy it!

  6. Callie sounds like an interesting young woman, and you could maybe use your experiences to form her character :)

  7. Excellent review! I thought that this book was a wonderful story of God's love.


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