The Sinner’s Garden
02.10.14 | | Comments
A novel by William Sirls
The Sinner’s Garden begins with a prologue which introduces the main characters of the story, each facing difficult times. When the actual story begins, it is years later. Uncle Rip has just been released from prison, where he served time for drug dealing. In actuality, all the characters are imprisoned, by their memories and the consequences of that earlier day. Judi, Rip’s sister, is raising her son Andy, who hides away from life because of the scars on his face; Heather, police officer and formerly Rip’s girlfriend, is trying to live up to her father’s reputation, but she’s afraid to fire a gun. When the beautiful gardens suddenly appear, the group questions why. And another mystery is affecting life in their small town – a burglar is breaking into homes and leaving cash behind. Heather’s boss insists she must catch this burglar but no one wants to tell what they know.
While the gardens are a little surreal, the lives of the four people in the story are not. The gardens seem to be a sign from God, and one by one, each of the people involved find healing as Truth shines its light in their lives.
I’m not usually a fan of the “fantasy fiction” genre, but I did enjoy and could relate to the message of this book. Author Sirls has used fictional characters to realistically describe how sin and lies impact each of us and how God brings healing. And the mysterious burglar? That one’s identity kept me guessing till the end!
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.