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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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By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 09-04-16
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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By Amazon CustomerBeliever on 09-09-16
A wonderful story of how God works in and around our lives. Although gabrella was very angry with God He did not give up on her. I like that so many lives were brought to Christ because of a terrible tradegy. this book allows the listener to learn that God loves us in spite of ourselves. I was given this book in exchange for an unbiased review via audiobook boom. The narrator was soothing so this is not a book to listen to when you are almost asleep. Be wide awake and open for God's voice.
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