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Two continents. Two cultures. Two souls seek hope and a future.On the shores of Lake Michigan, Rebecca Meyer seeks escape. Guilt-ridden over her little sister’s death, she sets her heart on India, a symbol of peace.Across the ocean in South India, Sagai Raj leaves his tranquil hill station home and impoverished family to answer a higher calling. Pushing through diverse culTwo continents. Two cultures. Two souls seek hope and a future.On the shores of Lake Michigan, Rebecca Meyer seeks escape. Guilt-ridden over her little sister’s death, she sets her heart on India, a symbol of peace.Across the ocean in South India, Sagai Raj leaves his tranquil hill station home and impoverished family to answer a higher calling. Pushing through diverse cultural and religious milieus, he labors toward his goals, while wrong turns and bad choices block Rebecca from hers.Traveling similar paths and bridged across oceans through a priest, the two desire peace and their divine destiny. But vows and blind obedience at all costs must be weighed…And buried memories, unearthed.Crooked Lines, a beautifully crafted debut novel, threads the lives of two determined souls from different continents and cultures. Compelling characters struggle with spirituality through despair and deceptions in search of truth....

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Crooked Lines Reviews

  • Rick Bylina
    2019-04-24 18:21

    Read an ARC of this book. It is a fascinating blend of two cultures and two life paths in a well-written, inspirational story that puts God in the middle of their hearts’ desires and making Him the ultimate match-maker. Whether you are in it for the positive Christian message, love story, or just tempted by the sights and sounds of distant lands (okay, Wisconsin is as distant for some as India is for others), you're sure to enjoy this read.

  • Holly Michael
    2019-05-13 18:26

    Crooked Lines, a beautifully crafted debut novel, threads the lives of two determined souls from different continents and cultures. Compelling characters struggle with spirituality through despair and deceptions in search of truth.

  • Alicia Ruggieri
    2019-05-11 23:03

    When I started reading Crooked Lines, I figured that I’d pick it up, read a few chapters, and set it down again. That did not happen. This book grabbed me by the shirt collar. I gobbled it up in just a couple of reading sessions. I found myself scraping for more time to finish this intriguing, interwoven story of Rebecca – a girl from Wisconsin – and Sagai – a Catholic priest-in-training from India.With a splendidly easy writing style, the author weaves a tale of how God can and does use the horrible things in our lives to bring about His good plan. I loved anticipating and seeing the joyful merge of the dual plot, especially after experiencing all the heartache and pain that fills the two main characters’ lives.I also really liked the way that, though it contained an undercurrent of romantic possibility, this novel wasn’t primarily a “romance;” rather, it focused on Rebecca and Sagai’s lives as a whole – particularly how events were shaped by and shaped the spiritual part of them. I enjoyed this change of pace in inspirational fiction; so often – too often – the romance is the central feature. In the case of Crooked Lines, God’s work in Rebecca and Sagai’s lives found the central position.The parts about India were superbly researched – that was apparent. I (enjoyably!) learned SO MUCH about the Catholic priesthood there. I loved how the author included the research as part of the story itself (Sagai is a priest-in-training, as I mentioned above). After finishing the novel, I felt as if I had gone to India! Holly Michael deeply draws the reader into the world of her characters – Her skill in this is unsurpassed.My only reservation with this novel comes from the incorporation of an idea/theme into the storyline about which I hold a strongly differing belief. However, the main theme and message of the book was excellent and well-told. I highly recommend it for mature readers who relish deeply-researched stories about other cultures and who love to trace the patterns of God’s grace in individuals’ lives.* I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review, and all thoughts which I have shared above are mine.

  • Christine Lindsay
    2019-05-10 22:25

    I suppose it's no surprise to some that I would absolutely LOVE Crooked Lines. It's set in modern-day India. But that's not the only reason. Sure the setting takes me back to the land I fell in love with over the years when I dreamed of exotic India from afar (like the main character in the book) and from my one and only visit. But my reasons for highly recommending this book have more to do with the beautiful entwining of two characters and two cultures over decades. I was mesmerized reading the life of a young Indian man, Sagai Raj, as he prepares for the priesthood, and the despair he feels over the years, trapped under the harsh situation regime of politically driven superiors. Sagai's love for Christ and to serve people with that loving heart is nearly snuffed out of him and he wonders what God could have for him, if not the priesthood. On the other side of the world in the US, Rebecca Meyer, suffers her own suffocating despair--unanswered questions to how her little sister died, the cruelty of an abusive husband, a dysfunctional family that takes decades to come to healing, and all along her desire to go to India and how God captures her heart. The author's fast-paced but musical prose drew me along into these lives that I became so quickly invested in. I can't wait to read the sequel to this novel. This was the kind of love story I want to read. Realistic, gritty in places, yet full of poetic truth. This is one of the best books I've read in the last 12 months.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-20 23:29

    At first I wasn’t sure what to think about this book – the beginning was intriguing but since Holly is a debut author I honestly was worried that her writing wouldn’t be up to what I was used too. I was wrong. Holly’s debut book starts out with an intriguing sentence, “It didn’t occur to me at the edge of the pond that I’d broken the sixth commandment, actually committed murder.” Now that is a way to start a book and pull the reader in – at least this reader. When Holly put out the call for reviewers and after I read the description I knew I wanted to give her book a try and I’m so glad I did, the book pulled me in and I read it quite fast – it’s not a long book but it’s not a short book either. The story of Rebecca Meyer was one fraught with sadness, loneliness and ultimately a path directed by the Lord and the story of Sagai Raj is one of a boy who is in a loving family but which much is expected until he feels called to the ministry in the Anglican church.Rebecca is drawn to India – she feels it represents a peace she can’t find at home and so her life revolves around her wanting to make it to India at some point and she begins corresponding with a priest who also know Sagai. I don’t want to give spoilers but Rebecca’s character is one that is full of real life struggles and Holly does a great job in making the reader feel that and sympathize with Rebecca’s plight as she goes from a woe is me girl to a woman who is able to stand on her own feet and seeks to follow the Lord. Sagai is also full of questions as he sees more of the priest hood and what it’s going to entail and even those priests who are less than Christian in their acts. Both characters are well developed and the plot weaves together intricately and ends in a wonderful way – that I suspected would happen at some point but I wasn’t sure when. I’m looking forward to reading more of Holly Michael’s works – I definitely enjoyed this one.**I was provided an e-copy from the author in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.

  • Caryl McAdoo
    2019-05-14 00:18

    A beautiful tapestry of God's weaving, Holly Michael's debut novel CROOKED LINES will stay with you long after the last page. The threads gently intertwine as two souls on opposite sides of the world reach for faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love! And I believe you will love this book as I did.The setting is split between India where Sagai becomes a man while in the church studying toward the goal of becoming a priest. He loves God with his whole heart and longs only to serve Him and His people, but everything is not what he expected. Then we also follow the American Rebecca who lives in Wisconsin to start but also in California and Tennessee during her search for God's will. She, too, loves Him but because of a horrible tragedy that haunts her, she makes a few bad life choices. As a reader, I came to love them both.The similarities in their lives - skipping stones, both the seventh child in their families, losing family members - lend to rooting for them. And they're even praying for one another through a mutual friend, an Indian priest who visits America occasionally. He counsels and encourages both Sagai and Rebecca through their difficult decisions. At the end, I had gooseflesh and teary eyes. I love books that give me gooseflesh and teary eyes :)

  • Katie Cross
    2019-05-06 17:04

    Oh my goodness, where to start?First of all, I thought this was a romance. It is SO not a romance, which actually helps me love it better, to be honest. It's more a journey with a couple of very lovable people throughout their lives. I don't have much experience with the Catholic church, so perhaps what I loved best was taking the journey with Sagai through his faith, and all the experiences he has. I was angry for him, heartbroken for him, rejoiced with him, and in the end, just wanted the best for him. The culture that Michael's brought into the story through India was fascinating.I often got frustrated with the other main character, Rebecca. But in retrospect, I think I got frustrated because her constant turning away from good decisions, and making bad ones, is really just a reflection of our own lives. Rebecca constantly wanting better, but not really choosing it, was a really interesting opposite to Sagai, who constantly chose better, but got worse. I looked forward to sitting out on my porch swing and reading this book at night. I'm not Catholic, but I loved and appreciate the Christian elements and struggles in this story.I'll be watching for more of Michael's work.

  • Penny Marks
    2019-04-22 23:16

    Wow, what a powerful read. Two worlds drawn together by God's plan. This book was well written and completely drew me into the story. Each of these characters have gone through great trials in life. On one side of the world you have Sagai Raj in India getting ready to enter the priesthood and in the US you have Rebecca Meyer being drawn to India. Sagai has been feeling pressure from superiors in power. All he wants is to help people and show God's love. What does God have planned for him? Rebecca on the other hand has been dealing with many things in her life too. She is dealing with the unexplained death of her little sister, an abussive husband and a devistated family dynamic. Meanwhile she is trying to figure out her path in life and what God has planned for her. This author had me hooked from the first chapter! The characters, the plot, and most importantly the Spiritual journey is beautiful. Can't wait for book two.I recieved this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.

  • Darlene Foster
    2019-05-06 21:13

    An inspirational story of two very different individuals, living halfway around the world from each other, dealing with the trials of life. One lives in North America and one in India. This well written and believable story, makes you feel the pain of these two contemporary young people as they struggle. It is a story about destiny that proves God does work in mysterious ways. I loved the descriptions of India and the different regions of that diverse country. The characters are well developed, with very real flaws. Interesting minor characters are sprinkled throughout sometimes helping, sometimes hindering, the main characters along their journey. It is evident the author has put her heart into this story. I hope we will see more books by Ms. Michael.

  • Aisling
    2019-05-21 17:28

    I really wish I could separate this book and give the Indian story a 5 while giving the American girl part a 1. Although Rebecca Meyer's story starts out strong she becomes weak, loathsome and almost unbearable to read by the middle to end of the book. If it were not for Sagai's story I would not have finished this book. The author regularly travels to South India and that really shows; the color and texture of India are amazing. But plotwise it was not a strong book. The ending seemed very abrupt to me and honestly Rebecca's story should have begun there. If there is a book two I might read it if it took place in India and Rebecca began to mature.

  • Ann
    2019-04-26 20:25

    I really enjoyed this book. The author does a wonderful job of describing two different cultures and telling the stories of two different characters at the same time. I was pulled into the story line and the characters from the first pages. It is a beautiful story of how God can make straight the crooked paths we sometimes walk. I really enjoyed this debut novel and will look forward to future books from this author. I was gifted with a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

  • Paula Ackley
    2019-04-22 00:02

    What a great book! As you follow the lives of two people living half a world apart from each other you can't help cheering for them and crying with them. As their life's path takes twists and turns you hope that they get to fulfill their dreams. With determination and faith they continue along life's journey knowing that God does have a plan and that His plan for you doesn't necessarily coincide with yours. This book touched my heart. I hope to read more from Ms. Michael.

  • Ashlee Willis
    2019-05-19 18:02

    A unique book that follows the separate stories of two people who are intertwined, yet half a world apart. The author has a fresh, admirable way with words and storytelling. The story itself is one that has a great message at heart. Recommend!I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :)

  • Edith Parzefall
    2019-05-02 00:04

    Crooked Lines builds bridges across cultures. Tragedy, spirituality and survival of the human heart in the face of cruel adversity lie at the center of this fascinating and ultimately uplifting novel. Crooked Lines held me spell-bound.

  • Francene Stanley
    2019-04-23 19:09

    From opposite sides of the world, two teens skitter stones over the top of water. When they take their place in the adult world, the author reveals with an amazing understanding how, although the depths of their lives swirl with different challenges, kindred spirits float over the sea of life.

  • Julia Wilson
    2019-05-08 16:26

    Crooked Lines by Holly Michael...what an amazing debut book. I just could not put it down, and felt bereft as I came to the end and had to leave the familiar characters behind.The novel has the parallel stories of Rebecca in America and Sagai in India. it begins in 1985 and follows the action over the next twenty years. Both are the seventh child in their families, and neither quite fit in. As the story opens, so both have seen a dead body floating face down in water. for Rebecca, it is her seven year old sister Kara, and Rebecca feels that her parents blame her for the loss. For Sagai, it was an unknown man.Each chapter is split into two, with firstly, life being seen from Rebecca's viewpoint and written in the first person. Then the narration is in the third person from Sagai's point of view.Rebecca has always wanted to go to India, and is delighted to hear the guest speaker, Father Michael from India speak at her church. She shares her dream with him, and thus begins a correspondence that spans the years. Father Michael had met the young Sagai in India and recommended him for the priesthood. Father Michael is the unifying force between the two, as their stories intersect over the years. The two have similar but different lives. They both have their fair share of pain, which they have to deal with.There are many themes in the novel. One is that of searching. Rebecca searches for peace in her soul. She cannot move beyond the death of her sister. Her guilt dominates and influences her life choices. Rebecca needs to find the power to forgive herself, and others. The theme of forgiveness and searching continues in Sagai's life, as he searches out good works, and must forgive others on his journey.Tolerance is a theme that permeates the novel. Both characters have to practice this over the years, as life deals them very unfair hands at times.The pursuit of God runs throughout Crooked Lines. Rebecca is not sure whether God loves her or even likes her, and she feels abandoned by Him. In order to find peace, Rebecca must find God. All that Sagai does, is motivated by His love of God, and he pursues The Father at all costs.I absolutely adored Crooked Lines. I must admit that I was so wrapped up in the novel that I actually gasped out loud during the action. I loved the characters of Rebecca and Sagai. Although they were both very different, I felt empathy for them both. I kept willing them on in their journey through life. Father Michael did not feel like a character in a book, but more like a dear family priest to me. At the end of the novel, I felt devastated to have to leave Rebecca, Sagai and Father Michael behind, and get on with my life without them. I do have hope for a sequel, as the ending of Crooked Lines, although entire in itself, has left the way open for a continuing story.Holly Michael, in my opinion, is the new name in Christian fiction. I am hoping that Crooked Lines is only the first of many books from Holly. My advice to all readers out there, is to get on board now and read Crooked Lines today - it will save you having to catch up in the future, when everyone is talking about how great Holly Michael's books are.

  • Sally
    2019-04-22 21:20

    Crooked LinesBy: Holly MichaelThis is a very interesting story. While Rebecca Meyer is going through life and what’s happening to her, on the other side of the world, in India, Sagai Raj is going through the procedures to become a priest. Both are following different paths, but they both end up asking the same question: Where do I go from here? By the end of the story they end up at the same place-relying on God for their futures. Rebecca Meyer has had a difficult life and just wanted to get away. She goes farther than she ever dreamed, but life’s realities draw her back home, the same place she tried getting away from. After growing up, you see things in a different light. In her case, it gives her relief, a peace. I enjoyed reading her story so much. Her growing up, getting married, moving away from home will keep you turning the pages seeing where her life is going. She has always had one wish: to go to India. Will she get there? How can that come about after the way her life turned out? You’ll have to read to find out, but this is a great coming of age story and how God can orchestrate things from the beginning, even when you don’t know or think He even cares. Sagai Raj has always dreamed of being a priest. It is a long, tiresome journey that takes many years of being in obedience to superiors and living a life being a servant to others. Sagai was born for this life. He wants to teach, to lead others to Jesus, to counsel, but how can he get there if the ones over him don’t see his potential and try to thwart him along the way? Reading his story brought all his struggles to life; all the accomplishments, the breaks sent to serve elsewhere that his superiors probably meant for punishment but he turned to doing good, made me see his heart for God and hoping he would finally become a priest. Can he hang on? Can he become a priest when his superiors say he isn’t qualified? What happens when you let God have control to do His will? Amazing things, as Sagai and Rebecca will find out. As their lives become intertwined through a mutual acquaintance, the end of the story becomes the beginning. Can’t wait to read more! One part that stayed with me: Peace is not a place. It’s in your heart. Peace is when you are living the life God intended you to live.These characters are brought to life and their struggles are so real you feel like you are there with them. I laughed, cried, and wished for more once the book ended. Enjoy! I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Iola
    2019-05-19 19:03

    Teenage Rebecca Meyer, of White Gull Bay, Wisconsin, blames herself for the death of her seven-year-old sister, Kara. The seventh of nine (now eight) children, her desire is to finish high school, and then to travel to India. Sagai Raj is also the seventh child in his family, and he also wants to leave his home village of Sheveroy Hills, Tamil Nada, South India, to become a Catholic priest. Both find the journey long and difficult, and have to reconsider their beliefs and ambitions. “It didn’t occur to me at the edge of the pond that I’d broken the sixth commandment, actually committed murder”. The attention-grabbing opening line was just one of the things I specifically liked about Crooked Lines. There was also the original plot and setting, particularly the Indian sections with their insight into the Roman Catholic faith and the priesthood. The way the author has pulled off the combination of first person (Rebecca) and third person (Sagai) writing without it seeming contrived—something I’ve rarely seen. The fact that while the book didn’t fit cleanly into a genre, it was clearly Christian in nature, as two teenagers in opposite sides of the world struggle with questions of life and faith, and how to maintain faith when life doesn't work out how they'd planned. The story spans almost twenty years, starting in 1985 and finishing shortly after the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. I usually prefer stories which cover a shorter timespan, as it's generally easier to keep the pace moving. But I never felt the pace lag in Crooked Lines, and I never had the problem I often have with books from two distinct and separate points of view: that I want to read one story more than the other. That's a credit to the author, that she managed to engage me emotionally with both characters. Crooked Lines is an excellent debut novel, and I'll be sure to watch out for more from Holly Michael. Thanks to BookRooster and Holly Michael for providing a free ebook for review.

  • Sydney
    2019-05-11 22:05

    Crooked lines follows the lives of Rebecca Meyer and Sagai Raj from childhood through their thirties. It chronicles their trails through Sagai’s vocation and Rebecca’s relationship. In her early years, Rebecca lost her sister Kara, the baby of her 6 siblings, and the one she was closest to. During this trial, Rebecca feels as if she lost her connection to a God whom she had known so well. Despite the guilt she feels for the tragedy involving Kara, she makes a plan for peace and happiness in life, but it doesn’t work out. A large factor in this is the fact that after her sister passed away, her family shows a great disregard for her, her father going so far as not speaking to her.Sagai is also a the 7th child in a large family. He is born in South India and is raised as a Catholic. From a young age, Sagai knows he is called to serve God. His path to Priesthood is marred with loneliness and prejudice from his superiors. He yearns for a deep connection to someone else. Sagai has some very difficult assignments, but he handles them with grace and love, never straying from his Godly path. Sagai develops a passion for people struggling with depression and mental illness and eventually has to decide whether to to follow God or the Church.An integral character, Father Michael, is the thread between the two. He serves as a mentor to both Sagai and Rebecca through visits and letters, eventually bringing the two together. Father Michael is a great father figure to both, and a person I think most would love to have in their lives.I went into this book expecting an epic romance. I wanted to be disappointing about half way through, when our main characters had not even met yet, but I was so enthralled with the story that I couldn’t be. What this story lacks in romance, it makes up for in heart. This book was so fulfilling in the end. I walked away with a sense of peace about the world and the people in it.I give this book a 5 out of 5. It was amazing!

  • Nadine Keels
    2019-05-11 21:03

    While book covers may or may not immediately catch my attention, they're rarely what persuade me to read a book. However, running across the beautiful image of the Taj Mahal against a blue sky set over sunset-hued water is what made me want to read Crooked Lines.I liked seeing the parallels between Rebecca's and Sagai's lives in different worlds, and I enjoyed the story of Sagai's challenging journey to priesthood the most. I could have been watching a documentary about him or could've been right there with him, traveling through India via author Holly Michael's thoughtful descriptions of people and places Rebecca dreamed of encountering in person one day. Sagai was rather endearing, with his big heart and naïveté, but his character came the most alive to me when his anger surfaced on account of injustice, rounding out his humanness, raising the difficult question of how he would choose to proceed in his love and service for God as his naïveté passed away.Rebecca's story was sometimes hard for me to get through, as the layering of her misfortunes, mistakes, and depressing thoughts following her baby sister's tragic death made me long for more sparks of light--if even whimsical or lighthearted light--to break up some of the thickening darkness. Even with Sagai's challenges, his love and enduring sense of purpose gave returning to India a relieving effect in a number of the chapters.The reading got a little bumpy at points, sometimes in conversations where it wasn't clear which character was speaking or to whom, when questions would end with periods instead of question marks, and other minor editing errors.Yet, the message of hope, the hope of something straight and divine eventually coming through all of the crooked lines, held its own. Though the end of the story could be seen from the beginning, it was still satisfying when it came._________________I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Gail Johnson
    2019-05-01 23:08

    Rebecca Meyer (America)I found the character, Rebecca, a complex character evoking complex feelings. On the one hand, I cried for the little girl. Her solitude caused by the guilt of her sister’s murder was a great weight for a girl to carry. Add the mother’s attitude toward her and you get a sad childhood. I was glad to see a more mature and happier Rebecca at the end of the book.There is also a thread of suspense I wished we could have delved into a little deeper. But because this book has two protagonists on two different continents, I understood the need for brevity.Sagai Raj (India)Sagai, too, evoked many different feelings. Sagai is a young man struggling against the caste system to fulfill his life’s dream to become a priest. I wanted to applaud for him as I watched him push his way through every obstacle laid before him. I wanted to cheer him on when others walked over him as if he didn’t matter.Another thing Sagai dealt with was the partiality shown within the ranks of the church because of the caste system. But Sagai didn’t let it deter him as he pressed forward, the epitome of patience and forgiveness.Wrap-upI don’t think the idea of writing about India was one Holly pulled from a hat. I believe it came from a passion she has for India. And with that passion, she introduced her reader to the sights, sounds, and even the smells of India—if you have that great of an imagination. I do. In fact, one street scene was so vivid I actually referred to it in a recent writing class.Crooked Lines is a fictional story of second chances filled with descriptive scenes, and thought-provoking lessons between the lines. My only complaint is there were two instances where supporting characters used profanity. Though not excessive, it threw me out of the story long enough to stall the flow of action.

  • Donna Kimpel
    2019-05-05 22:13

    Powerful Spiritual Truths in Fiction!!!! Must Read!!! 5 star read!!!!Wow!!! This book is a must read. Rebecca lives in America on the shores of Lake Michigan and blames herself for her younger sisters death. She searches for meaning and truth in her life. She yearns to go to India. Sagai lives across the world from her in South India and leaves his poor family to become a priest. He tries through every test to draw closer to God. Rebecca feels that God let her down from the time of her sisters death and many other times in her life. Her choices are made based on her failing her sister. She visits a church because she can find no way out of it. They have a priest,who serves in India,who is friends with Sagai as a guest speaker. She tells him about wanting to go to India. Rebecca and Sagai become pen pals with this priest and pray for each other for many years. It's amazing to see God working through their lives, and some of the similarities in their struggles. When we look back at our lives as we try to follow the path that God has for us or we take a different path we will see the straight path that leads to God was there all along. The crooked lines are where we took detours and God led us back. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Honestly this book was so engaging I couldn't put it down and I felt like God was speaking to me through it. This author has allowed God to use her as she shares spiritual truths through her writing.

  • D.J.
    2019-04-26 22:18

    Crooked Lines is Holly’s debut novel… but she is no novice to writing! She’s published in various magazines, newspapers, and in Guideposts books. Crooked Lines is a beautiful story – yes there is heartbreak, but there is faith, hope and love, too.The story begins with Rebecca who lives in Wisconsin; her opening lines are intrinsic to the story…“It didn’t occur to me at the edge of the pond that I’d broken the sixth commandment, actually committed murder.”Rebecca leaves home on a search to find God’s will for her life. Yes, she makes some bad choices, but so have we all.Across the globe, Sagai Raj is also searching for God’s will; after being called to the ministry in the Anglican church, he begins a study to become a priest – yet things are not always as he expects them to be.There are many similarities between Rebecca and Sagai – both are the seventh child in their families, both have lost family members; they are even praying for one another (through a mutual friend).This mutual friend is an Indian Priest who counsels and encourages them both through many difficult decisions. Rebecca wants to travel to India to find the peace she hasn’t found in America. When she begins corresponding with this priestThe difference between the two cultures is amazing! I have only been out of the United States once many years ago. I haven’t had the chance to visit India, but this story makes me want to go…If you take away nothing else from this amazing story, remember that peace is not a place – you will find peace when you choose to follow God’s will.

  • Anne
    2019-05-17 21:30

    I received the e-version of this book from Goodreads and hadn't read any blurb so had no idea what to expect but surprisingly I was hooked from the first paragraph.Crooked Lines is an account of the emotional and spiritual journey of an American girl following a dreadful tragedy and an Indian boy who feels his destiny is to become a priest. The storyline alternates between the two which can be annoying at times but generally flows quite smoothly.Each new chapter begins with a relevant quote which in itself gives you food for thought. Although an extremely readable story I also found inspiration from the troubles they both faced and the faith they showed in overcoming each obstacle. Although both lives followed a religious theme it was still an interesting account of the basic differences in the lives of these two young people living in such different parts of the world and yet ultimately it was about the similarity due to the trials we all face in life.The outcome was inevitable but I was horrified at the sudden ending and was left desperately wanting more. If you enjoyed Eat, Love, Pray then I have no doubt that you would love this book too. I'll certainly look out for more works by Holly Michael.

  • Claire
    2019-04-22 19:25

    I received Crooked Lines as part of a Goodreads giveaway.Please note: the lack of stars isn't a reflection on the writing; it's simply that, even after reading the entire book, I don't feel qualified to rate/review it. I did not realize this was Christian fiction when I entered the giveaway, and as a content non-Christian, I feel like I'm not the audience for this book. Even so, the author, Holly, signed and wrote a lovely little note in my book, which many authors don't take the time to do, and for that I'm appreciative.Crooked Lines tells the parallel stories of Rebecca, a Midwestern woman haunted by her younger sister's death, and Sagai, a devout Roman Catholic (and aspiring priest) from India as they go through various personal and spiritual crises over the course of roughly 20 years.I'll admit, I've accidentally received Christian fiction from Goodreads before, and this one went down a lot easier than most. The characters make believable mistakes, and even though I can't identify with their turning to faith, I did think they were more three-dimensional than many characters in similar novels. I did think it ended somewhat abruptly--I was wondering if perhaps room was being left for a sequel?--but all in all, not a bad read.

  • Laurie Penner
    2019-04-21 18:03

    This book was so unusual that it’s hard to describe. It says it’s a novel but I’m inclined to think it must be partly based on a true story, because how could anyone possibly make up such an amazing tale or characters? The two lives portrayed back and forth in each chapter are on opposite sides of the world yet also connected by God in many ways. As Sagai and Rebecca grow up and become adults, they encounter similar life-changing circumstances. Not even knowing each other yet, they experience many of the same emotions, so that by the time they meet, the reader knows they will instantly bond.The educational aspects alone were a constant draw to continue reading, as the author takes one through Sagai’s colorful world in India and strong but lonely calling to be a Catholic priest. Rebecca’s poignant life as she grows up feeling lost in a large family, blamed for circumstances out of her control, and poor choice of men, make the reader want to fold her up and hold her for a long time.This story could go on and on and never get old. I look forward to the next book and hope it’s not too long in coming!

  • Alison
    2019-04-28 19:24

    __God writes straight with crooked lines__ -- Portuguese Bishop In the 16th CenturyI was surprised at how much I liked this story since I am not a religious person, and this book is based on religion. I do not like it when an author tries to force a point of view on the reader, and she did not. I enjoyed seeing how each of these main characters were affected by religion, sometime good and sometimes not so, but always staying firm in their convictions. The story takes us back and forth between Rebecca Meyer in the USA and Sagai Raj in India, and Father Michael who is their common link. Even though their stories are quite different, they had many things in common as well, and both were looking for acceptance and love within their lives.I found both of the story lines to be very interesting and couldn't wait to get back to the book and find out what was happening, Very well written. I hope there is a continuation to their story.I received this book for free from the author through Goodreads First Reads.

  • Cheryl Roth
    2019-05-09 16:21

    I don't usually read a whole book through the Kindle App on my phone, but this one was so good that I couldn't put the phone down. It was suspenseful, dramatic and real all at the same time. There are 2 main characters living in different countries and the chapters alternate between these 2 people's lives. Parallels exist yet their lives and experiences couldn't be more different. It seems doubtful that they would ever meet and even if they do someday meet, what would be the outcome of that? Each is on a spiritual journey; hers is one of healing, acceptance and forgiveness, and his is about pursuing his life's goal of becoming a priest and helping people. Their lives are full of challenges, struggles and painful realizations - it's about real life even though it's fiction. A very interesting read, several twists in the plot keep you guessing. A spiritually stimulating book as well, especially for anyone who's worked in ministry or has been spiritually searching.

  • Cindy
    2019-05-01 20:15

    Crooked Lines is about two cultures, miles apart, connected by faith and adversity and triumph of the human spirit. The story flips back and forth telling the stories of Rebecca and Sagai.. Rebecca is a young girl trying to escape the pain and guilt of losing her baby sister. She continuously makes bad decisions as she tries to get her life in order. Her story made me very angry and sad. On the other side of the world is Sagai who is going through the difficult procedure of becoming a priest. Both Rebecca and Sagai are connected by a mutual friend who is a priest. Through him they learn of each others pain and heartache and pray for each other. This faith-based book took me by surprise and although not my typical read I found it interesting and captivating. Forgiveness, hope, love and spirituality are all woven together to make this story ultimately uplifting. I won this novel from Goodreads!

  • Paulette Carvalho
    2019-04-24 00:22

    Crooked Lines is a fascinating story about two young people who struggle to find their calling in life.First there is Rebecca,who feels responsible for the death of her young sister.The guilt she carrys affects her self worth and brings her to an abusive relationship.Her goal has always been to become a writer,but she is also searching for peace which she feels that she will find in the country of India.Second, there is Sagai,who wants more than anything to help others by becoming a Catholic priest.In his quest for this,he at times questions the practices of the church and his superiors.In spite of their difficulties both Rebecca and Sagai maintain their faith in God,and call upon him in their darkest hours.The author also goes into great detail about the difficult steps involved in becoming a priest,and also provides us with a wonderful picture of life in India.I really loved this novel.This book was given to me by the author,Holly Michael,in exchange for an honest review.