ACRBA Tour – The Inheritance: Jo-Anne Berthelsen

7 – 11 October
Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance
The Inheritance
(Even Before Publishing September 2013)
Jo-Anne Berthelsen

About The Book

Michael Trevelyan is determined to claim his inheritance at all costs. Bitterness consumes him and he refuses to forgive those who have betrayed him. Yet, when he meets Alexandra Hope, things begin to change. She challenges his views but also listens while he shares his pain. Can Michael move on from the past and learn to forgive? Can Alexandra hold onto her faith in God as she deals with their deJo 12epening relationship? Can they both learn to trust each other – and God? The Inheritance is a stirring story of family secrets, forgiveness and faith – of leaving behind a dark, painful legacy and walking into the light of God’s eternal inheritance.
About The Author
Jo-Anne Berthelsen lives in Sydney but grew up in Brisbane. She holds degrees in Arts and Theology and has worked as a high school teacher, editor and secretary, as well as in local church ministry. Jo-Anne loves communicating through both the written and spoken word. She is the author of five published novels – Heléna, All the Days of My Life, Laura, Jenna and Heléna’s Legacy, with a sixth, The Inheritance, due for release in 2013. Her first non-fiction work Soul Friend: The story of a shared spiritual journey was released in October 2012. Jo-Anne loves music, reading, mentoring younger women, and sharing with community groups about writing. She is married to a retired minister and has three grown-up children and three grandchildren.
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My Thoughts

RATING: 4.5 Stars

Requesting this book to review, I had no idea what I was in for! Reading the blurb, I was hoping for a romance novel, however those were only my hopes. Yet the quote “He struggles with bitterness and betrayal. She wants to follow God’s way. To be together seems impossible” allowed it to be plausible. But the more I read the book, the more I enjoyed the story, I discovered that it was far from my expectations!!

It only took me the first couple chapters, really only the first, to be hooked. Berthelsen didn’t waste any time in making her way to the heart of the matter, which was Michael’s bitterness towards his mother, himself and his ‘uncle’. And I have to confess, I didn’t side with him to begin with. But Berthelsen’s gift of writing smoothly and very competently made the characters and story come to life, causing me to side with Michael, to some extent. However I have to confess, that I found his outgoing ways a little confronting, causing me to be cautious around him, especially where Alexandra was concerned. This was mainly caused by his lack of faith, hence Alexandra’s strong faith. Although that said, I find it to be a crucial aspect, because it highlights Michael’s transformation! This is the essence of the story. Yes, romance played a role, however minor and I did feel a connection between them, which really highlighted to power of such a relationship. Yet the whole time, I was reminded that the essence of this story is about trusting God; turning from a life of bitterness, unforgiveness and resentment, to a life filled with God, where he is in control. Michael is a prime example of this for he represents the challenges faced in doing so. Reading his experience, I was greatly challenged in my own walk with Christ and know my life has been changed. Basically said, this novel artistically illustrates the power of God’s transformation in one’s life. It is clear that God guided and had a really big input in the construction of this novel to further his kingdom!! Be blessed as you read this story!!

I am honoured to have received a free paperback copy of this book to review, thanks to Even Before Publishing. 

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