Author: Christine Dillon
Genre: Inspirational Fiction
Physiotherapist Esther has survived cancer, but wounds within her family remain unhealed. Is her revived faith the reason for the rift or could a simmering secret be the root cause?
Cosmetics consultant Rachel buried her past - and her father’s God - but the past refuses to stay buried. Will she continue to run or is confronting her pain the way to freedom?
Two women. Two different lives.
One collision course with truth.
Can God’s grace shine even in the darkest of shadows?
Reviewer: Laura J. Davis
If you haven't read anything by Indie author Christine Dillon, then you are missing out. In her first book, Grace in Strange Disguise, we meet Esther, a believer who is diagnosed with cancer. The author brilliantly tackled the question, what happens if you believe in God for healing, but you aren't healed? In this second book, Grace in the Shadows, we meet up with Esther once again to follow her journey as she discovers long-buried family secrets that quite literally tore her family apart.
Christine Dillon has done it again! This is a series you want to invest yourself in. Once again the author touches on the false doctrine many churches spout - that if you are sick, then you must have unconfessed sin in your life. In other words, it's all your fault! This was a central theme in the first book, and while it is still part of Esther's (and Rachel's) story, in this book the author takes us a little further and digs beneath the veneer that many Christians dress up in each Sunday. The false clothing that says, "I must be the perfect Christian."
Rachel has suffered horribly for the mistakes of her past. Cast out by her "Christian" father she turns her back on God vowing never to step into a church again. Now her past is literally coming back to haunt her in nightmares that she can't escape. Desperate for relief and answers she heads back home and discovers that God has always been waiting for her.
This book had so many surprises in it that I am hoping and praying there is a third! I love how this author is unafraid to share the Gospel in her books. She does it in a unique way, called Storytelling, that you will long to try out for yourself! I love that aspect of her books. So many Christian books fail in the department of talking about God and salvation. They seem to just skim over it, but not Dillon. While taking her characters through their own spiritual awakening, she is also giving the reader the chance to experience the same thing. And she still manages to do it without being preachy!
The end of the book made me cry and left me hoping that Esther's Dad would come to his senses. Maybe that happens in a third book? Here's hoping!