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SRP Review: Paradox by JoAnn Carter

Disclaimer: The reviews I post on The Self Rescue Princess won’t be the usual style of book review that talks about all the points and elements of a novel. My intention is to focus on heroines that I believe exemplify the spirit and character of a self-rescuing princess or are on their way to achieving that status.

Now on to the review: (this book was sent to be by the author)

Paradox is the story about Lilly, a young Christian woman, who’s asked to come and help with the family business after the arrest of her sister. Lilly was a heroine who strived to be a self-rescuing princess but at times allowed the critical voice that resides inside to bring up the mistakes of  her  past and stole her resolve which turned her into a damsel in distress. A situation that Lilly didn’t like. She wanted to enjoy the life that God blessed her with and abide by His will but found that the inner voice sometimes overrode.

Lilly was a young woman that graduated from college, opened her own business, lived her own life away from her family but still felt inadequate and as if she could never live down the mistakes she made in the past. When she thought about returning to her childhood home, she saw the person she used to be and her confidence slipped away. Lilly struggled hard against the self-doubts and memories of the mistakes she made in the past.

Oh, how I could relate Lilly. How many times have I accomplished something or wanted so much to stretch myself and help others but that voice started … Don’t you remember when … Yet, Lilly worked hard to overcome those insecurities and risked failing in order to step in and help her family when needed. She wanted to so much to live past the mistakes but believed that no one else could.

My heart ached for Lilly. I rooted for her. She wanted so much to be the self-rescuing princess that not only saved herself but her family as well. I cheered her on to be the full-fledge self-rescue princess I knew she could be. What I loved about Lilly was that she acknowledged the trap that gripped her, one of her own doing, and didn’t place the blame on others.

I loved seeing how Lilly grew not only in her walk with God but in learning to trust and believe in herself and in the people that loved her. It was wonderful to read about an accomplished Christian young woman that faced her insecurities in order to be the woman God intended her to be.


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