Four Stars

Than has problems. His shoulder still isn’t healed from the time not long ago when he participated in the slave uprising. His brother in law has been taken by his planet’s alien overlords for an almost invariably fatal job.  His sister, who he promised to protect, and her baby are missing, and he can’t go look for them because his niece Mirami has been left in his care. He’s getting a crash course in parenting. The rebellion has lost many of its best leaders. Most painful of all, the woman he loves can’t make up her mind whether or not she loves him back.

most painful of all, the woman he loves can’t make up her mind whether she loves him back.

Menali’s life is changing, and not in a good way.  Love was not a part of her plan. And if she did by chance fall for someone, it would be someone reasonable, not the handsome guy that flirts with everything in a skirt. That’s the way to get hurt, and Menali has organized her life very carefully to avoid pain. You never know… someone who is that adventurous might even be a member of the Rebellion, and that would never do…

Gilla’s life is filled with uncertainty. Her newborn son is safe, for now, even though she must call him by the alien name Mahsan.  Her mysterious alien benefactor has provided safety for her and her husband, but for now they must hide in a cave, able to care for Mahsan but separate from their beloved Mirami. The cave isn’t ideal, but what is coming next might be unthinkable.

This science fiction romance is the second book in this allegory of the life of moses.

This science fiction romance is the second book in this allegory of the life of Moses. I’m not usually a fan of romances, but I found the main characters compelling, and I especially enjoyed the spiritual growth that each of them displayed throughout the book. I also found some other characters compelling,  most notably Halarni, Menali’s kind, wise adoptive mother, and Reemah, the alien princess whose heart is drawn to a human baby. I’m hoping to see more of them in future books.

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I wish that the romance in this book had been a subplot instead of the main plot, but that is really a personal preference. Than and Menali were my favorite characters from the first book, so expanding on their story is a logical next step. I’m looking forward to the next book! I’m hoping that this series goes beyond the usual trilogy to cover the entire life of Moses.
Heat: A man has his wounded shoulder bandaged several times, but it is described without heat. An engaged couple kisses. A married couple kisses. All scenes are tactfully written.
Profanity: none.
Violence: Fights between people and aliens are spoken of but not portrayed. A nearly fatal accident is portrayed, but it is not gruesome in the slightest.  Punishments for slaves including whipping are referred to.

Content Ratings:

Heat: A man has his wounded shoulder bandaged several times, but it is described without heat. An engaged couple kisses. A married couple kisses. All scenes are tactfully written.

Profanity: None

Violence: Low. There are references to previous fights that occurred off screen and one scene of accidental serious injury. All are non-graphic.

Genre: Christian science fiction romance

Age recommendation: 15 and up due to the main romance plot.

Cost today: $3.75 for the ebook. The paperback is not yet available.

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