Even Before Publishing, 01 April 2012
This is the follow on book to Rose Dee’s debut novel, Back to Resolution. Beyond Resolution is the story of Samara, a character who is mentioned in Back to Resolution, but whom we never actually met. Beyond Resolution has a strong romantic element, however it does not conform to the definition of an actual romance novel. The hero is not introduced for quite some time, and he does not appear in the same scene with the heroine until almost half way.
There’s a great deal of “telling” in this novel – particularly when it came to introducing characters. For me, this made the first half of the book slow going. Aside from the predicaments Samara finds herself in Sydney at the start of the novel, most of the action happens in the later half. There’s some drama when Samara is confronted with the remnants of her former life, and some unsavoury characters pay a visit. There was a surprising plot twist at the end when the identity of the attacker is revealed.
I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first book. I don’t think Samara and Jed spent enough time on the page together for me to get as emotionally invested in their relationship as I would like. There was quite a bit of predictability and a few scenarios that were just a wee bit too convenient for authenticity. I also felt that some of the minor characters from Back to Resolution were forced into cameo appearances in this book.
Samara’s spiritual journey is subtle and natural, so it didn’t feel forced. There’s a great message throughout the book in terms of releasing our fears to God, and forgiveness and restitution.
Helen is a strange combination of fiction editor and web strategist. That’s because she loves fiction and the internet – and analytics! A former business analyst and IT support manager, Helen now spends her time parenting her three children as well as running her editing and web agency businesses. As a book reviewer and fiction editor, her one true love and specialty is Christian romance fiction.