What would you do to avenge the murder of a daughter?
Carole Brown’s latest book, The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, asks this very question.
Caralynne Hayman is angry and bitter over the abuse and death of her eleven-year-old daughter at the hands of a radical religious cult—The Children of Righteous Cain. So when her husband, a founding member of the cult, suffers a massive heart attack, Caralynne allows her husband to die.
Caralynne’s secret seems safe until Dayne MacFarland returns, determined to learn the truth about the cult. His investigation and his rekindled love for Caralynne lead the pair toward a confrontation with the group’s elders.
Can Dayne’s love for Caralynne bridge the gulf of anger and bitterness that divides the community? Or will Caralynne’s deadly secrets prove too high a price for her redemption?
Carole Brown is an ACFW Genesis semi-finalist. She’s also served as a newspaper reporter, an editor of journals and newsletters, and an author of research manuscripts. Widely traveled, she continues to enjoy traveling with her husband and family. When not penning her own novels, she mentors beginning writers and serves as coordinator of the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Ohio chapter.
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Now, Carole, please tell us three random things we might not know about you.
— I’m addicted to pictures; that’s why I have to limit myself on Pinterest. J
— I was within feet of meeting President Reagan years ago.
— I have two adopted grandsons, one adopted niece, and one adopted nephew (plus several friends who’ve adopted). We believe in sharing love to children!
Please tell us a bit more about the plot of your novel.
Caralynne Hayman is angry and bitter over the abuse and death of her eleven-year-old daughter from the hands of her religious group, The Children of Righteous Cain. When her husband suffers a sudden heart attack, she does nothing to help him. In her eyes someone needs to pay, and if that means all of the men in the group, then so be it.
Dayne MacFarland is sent away to college by the senior elder of the group to learn ministry. When he returns after finding salvation, determined to bring the truth to the people he’s known all his life, he rediscovers Cara and realizes the love he once felt for her is still deeply embedded within his heart.
Dayne faces men unwilling to turn their backs on the cult training he despises. Cara faces men who follow their leader in abuse toward their wives and the young girls of the group. Cara is considered rebellious and inappropriate to befriend. Dayne is the apple of Elder Simmons’ eye—until he takes a stand against their teachings.
Can Cara overcome the feelings that have governed her most of her life? Can she learn to trust Dayne, and most of all a God whom she sees as uncaring—if he’s really there at all? Only Dayne’s prayers and love can reach Cara and show her the way to redemption, and Cara must recognize and accept God’s love and forgiveness before she goes too far.
What is it about your lead character(s) that will make your readers care about her/him?
Caralynne is a very caring person, a loving mother who adores her daughters and also a bitter and angry woman trapped in an abusive cult. Most people in an abusive situation can not get out without a tremendous lot of sympathy, encouragement, and support. They are bound by the abusive leader (husband, head figure, minister, whoever) who uses threats of disloyalty, low self-esteem issues, and fear on their member(s)/partner(s). I would hope anyone who reads my novel will take away a greater determination to be active in helping those who are suffering from those situations.
What is the last novel you read that you would recommend and why?
Soldier’s Heart by Tamera Kraft. It’s a wonderful and interesting take on the Civil War era, and Kraft does a great job of bringing her strong and real characters alive.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Hmmm. Seriously, not sure I have one. I share “almost” everything with the love of my life–my husband Dan. We’ve gone through so much and done so much together. J
What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
Lol. We’ve experienced many things in our life, traveled so much, and enjoyed lots of wonderful places and met many new friends, but I’m a fairly safe person. Love creating crazy things in books and scary events for characters, but unless it’s for research and very necessary I leave the crazy stunts up to my husband, sons and now my grandsons!
What are you working on now?
Several things, but one is the sequel to The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman. Here’s a brief possible blurb:
It begins with a baby kidnapping. Elder Simmons, the antagonist, will not let go. He is determined to wreck vengence upon the MacFarlands, even if he has to do it from prison.
Cara and Dayne, now happily married, go through trials that will shatter their self-complacency and test their love. Dayne will be lied about and like Joseph in the Bible must hold steady for God’s timing. Cara has suffered hurts and abuse from her former marriage. With Dayne she thought everything would be smooth sailing. But when the lies surface, can she trust him, does she love him enough to stay strong for his sake? Will her mustard seed faith grow or be uprooted?
And on a lighter note: I’m also trying to complete a fun, light suspense set in the late 1800s and entitled Caleb’s Destiny. Destiny Rose is the most fun, crazy, drive-you-mad character I’ve created yet who’s determined to have her own way. Headed west for her own private reasons, she’s set plunk-dab in the middle of a gold fight, a lost man search, and the arms of one of the biggest and most aggravating men she’s ever met. Will her traitorous heart be loyal to the vague memory of the man she’s betrothed to back in Boston, or will Michael McGallagher win her heart?
Where else can readers find you online?
Readers can connect with me here:
Personal blog: http://sunnebnkwrtr.blogspot.com/
I also am part of several other blogs:
Stitches in Time: http://stitchesthrutime.blogspot.com/
Barn Door Book Loft: http://www.barndoorbookloft.net/
Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?
Could you forgive the murder of a child? It’s easy to say: I would do this or that when faced with a serious or dangerous situation. But would we really? Would you be able to forgive? I contend that without God it’s almost impossible. You?
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