Friday, February 14, 2014

Litfuse Review: The Sinners Garden by:William Sirls

The Sinners' Garden
About the Book:
In a small town where hope and tragedy intermingle, things—and people—are not always what they seem.
Andy Kemp has suffered most of his life from both physical and emotional scars, and he believes that the scars on his face are proof that God doesn’t love him. Andy has grown into a withdrawn teenager, keeping to himself, until his uncle, ex-con Gerald Ripley, shows up and wants to be a mentor to Andy. Rip has turned his life around and wants to do everything he can to help mend Andy’s pain and the rift in his relationship with his sister.
Meanwhile, police officer Heather Gerisch responds to a late-night breaking and entering episode in one of the poorest homes in town. The masked man makes the sign of the cross, escapes, and Heather soon realizes that he has left $5,000 in gift cards to a local grocery store. As the bizarre break-ins continue and Heather pursues the elusive “Summer Santa,” Andy begins to hear strange and beautiful music, and Rip is convinced that he is hearing the voice of God.
As the lives and stories of the townspeople of Benning Township intertwine, extraordinary circumstances emerge and long-kept secrets are revealed.

About the Author:
Once a senior vice president in a large investment firm, William Sirls was incarcerated in 2007 for wire fraud and money laundering. Life lessons involving faith, grace, and forgiveness are evident in his writing. The Sinners’ Garden is his second novel. His first novel, The Reason, was published in 2012. William makes his home in southern Michigan and you can reach him at WilliamSirls.com.

My Review:
 Heather receives a call one night on patrol, telling her that a house of a nice poor woman and her kids was broken into. She heads to the scene, as fog starts to settle over the ground. When she arrives, she finds the family standing out in the yard. They all seemed scared even herself, but she had to be brave and find out where this guy was. Stepping in she finds no sign of this  intruder, that is until she hears him step behind her.

 She tells him to drop his weapon only to find it didn't sound quite as loud as a gun. But instead of him waiting with his hands up as commanded he walks straight out the door leaving her astonished. After the man left Heather and the poor woman search the house to make sure he didn't take a thing but instead he left them many things. Who would have done such a thing?

 Andy was left scared mentally and physically after many years of abuse from his father. Now he has a hard time trusting the people who really love him. When his uncle buys him an amazing present for his birthday, Andy is over joyed even if he doesn't show it. While they are trying out his new present, Andy and his uncle come across an amazing garden full of beautiful flowers. Though the flowers were amazing, the question still stands, who planted this garden?

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity.