The Fragrance of Surrender : Souls of the Sea

  • by April Geremia
  • Narrated by Anna Crowe
  • Series: Souls of the Sea
  • 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What would cause a woman to stand on the edge of a cliff deciding whether to slip over it or live another day?
How bad would it have to be?
And what if she couldn't turn to God because she believes he's the root of all her problems?
Set among the fragrant sweet smell of ripening orange tree blossoms, this emotional story is about a woman who battles God for the right to determine how things should be. Gabriella's life has been filled with tragedy, including the mystery of why her own parents disappeared one night, leaving her alone at a tender young age. Soon after her husband dies, she and her son move to her childhood home - a house on a cliff by the sea in a village that time has left behind. It's there that she and some local villagers begin the process of bringing her parent's old orange grove back to life.
As Gabriella begins to put together the pieces of why her parents abandoned her, she soon learns they were victims of powerful forces that threatened to tear apart the quiet little village by the sea. And that knowledge, along with all the other losses she's experienced, causes Gabriella to view God with great suspicion and fear. So when her young son experiences a dramatic conversion and begins to serve him, an all-out battle ensues.
During this time, Gabriella often feels called to the edge of the cliff, torn between letting herself slip over it and ending the pain, or fighting for a happiness she's not even sure exists. Will Gabriella continue to do battle with God? Or will she come to have faith in the God she blames for all the tragedies she's suffered?
And what role will her young son play in her decision?
This multi-layered novel considers questions like: What happens when God doesn't act like we think he should? And can someone who has experienced so much pain and disappointment ever really let go of the hurt?


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Fragrance of Surrender 💗

This is the kind of book that speaks to your heart and comforts your soul. There aren't many novels these days that have an engaging story with characters who are Christian that actually live their faith. I enjoyed the journey of the characters in life experiences. I especially liked how the story showed how most people deal with grief......they either run to God or away from Him. This novel has some mystery, a bit of suspense and even young love. It has a message that everyone should hear but unfortunately some will reject.

I thought the narration was good. I did, however, increase the speed to 1.25 and that worked great for me.

I would like to thank the author, narrator, or publisher for providing me this audiobook at no cost in exchange for my unbiased review courtesy of Audio book boom
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Good book but not quite believable

Would you listen to The Fragrance of Surrender again? Why?

No. There are only a few books I would consider reading or listening to more than once.

The narrator's voice was pleasant to listen to, but a little slow in my opinion. Sometimes the narrator was "spot on" with the hispanic accent and other times, not so much.

I liked the story and plot. I felt that it was not quite believable that a boy at age 10 could do and say what he did. He acted more like a 12-13 year old, in my opinion.

I'm afraid that the non-Christian may not finish the book, as the presentation of the gospel came so early and often in the plot; If the non-believer gets turned off by that; he/she might stop reading.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that the gospel was clearly explained, with repentance, salvation and forgiveness for anyone willing to follow Jesus.

I liked that the young boy Samuel's faith was key to many others coming to know Christ. That even a child can be used by God to bring others to Christ.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the Pastor risks his life to save Sammy in the storm, because I was afraid Sammy was dead.

Who was the most memorable character of The Fragrance of Surrender and why?

Samuel - he was amazing (maybe unbelievable so) in his articulation of the gospel even due to the fact that he had not been raised in a Christian home or church.

Any additional comments?

Keep up the good work!

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-15-2016
  • Publisher: Psalms 96:3 Press