Descended~ Jett, by Dana Pratola | #fictionfridayPosted by Nona King on Oct 5, 2012 in #fictionfriday, book reviews, Word Obsession (blog) | 0 comments
About the Book
When a reclusive businessman takes an interest in Haven’s artwork, she knows it’s an answer to prayer. But Jett Cestone is an enigma with a disconcerting connection to the young women in his employ. He’s by far the most unusual man she’s ever met.
Haven is the most interesting woman to ever cross Jett’s path. But she’s too naive and pure to learn what goes on in his home. Too bad he wants her more than he’s wanted anyone or anything in his life.
Review, by Nona King
As with my reading of Dana’s first novel, The Covering, Descended ~ Jett, left me near tears. Enthralled with the characters and their plight, I am floored by the depth of the story and the characters woven tight within it. Their passions are quite real, mirroring what we, as Christians weak against our own nature, battle with each day. I truly believe it is this strength of faith despite our weaknesses which draws me tightly to the characters and therefore the story.
Haven, the female lead of Descended, pulls at my heart especially because of her strained relationship with her father. The craving to have his approval and support for her art is poignant and real, something that all of us can commiserate with, either from personal experience or personal witness. I admire her strength and weakness, her willingness to pour all of her passion into her faith and her art, and her determination to not run away from her feelings for the mysterious and tortured Jett Cestone. It is this compassion which God utilizes to save his soul and teach him about strength in surrender, what some people deem weakness.
As with Gunnar from The Covering, Jett is a wonderfully faceted man of honor and justice with jagged edges of agony and anger. You want to shake him and then hug him, pray for him and curse him for his prideful foolishness. For many of us, it is close to looking at our reflection. Our rebellious nature toward God and all He wants for us. And I loved how Jett came to faith! With research and reflection. It was not an emotional reaction or decision. It was a thoughtful one based entirely on fact.
I applaud Dana, again, for weaving such an engaging and addicting tale of redemption and passion. The hurt and history, the passionate emotional entanglement… it was an enjoyable read and I can hardly wait to read what she has in store for us next!
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. I have no idea what she could have done to make it better!
Would I read it again: Are you kidding?! YES!
Would I recommend it to others: DEFINITELY
About the Author
“Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. He is merciful and gracious and loves me beyond all human reason. He loves you the same way. He gave me a passion to write, and I believe if the words I write turn a reader’s heart toward Christ, I am fulfilling my destiny. A lofty goal? Sure. That’s one of many reasons I need God in my life all day, every day. Another is my family. I’ve been married to my sweetheart for 26 years. We live in New Jersey with our three spectacular children, all of whom are destined to make wide and colorful splashes on this planet.
I write Christian Romance. Not the kind with the women buttoned to the neck and the men daring no more than to hold her hand after a long courtship, but the contemporary kind. I don’t write explicit sex scenes but my characters have real desires, struggles and choices to make. A lot of the time they make the wrong ones. No subject is prohibited but good always triumphs.”