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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Visionary by Pamela S. Thibodeaux

The Visionary by Pamela S. Thibodeaux
Publisher: Five Star – imprint of Gale
Genre: Inspirational, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (272 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Camellia

A Visionary is someone who sees into the future, Taylor Forrestier sees into the past but only as it pertains to her work. Hailed by her peers as "a visionary with an instinct for beauty and an eye for the unique" Taylor is undoubtedly a brilliant architect and gifted designer. But she and twin brother Trevor, share more than a successful business. The two share a childhood wrought with lies and deceit and the kind of abuse that's disgustingly prevalent in today's society. Can the love of God and the awesome healing power of His grace and mercy free the twins from their past and open their hearts to the good plan and the future He has for their lives?

Find out in...The Visionary ~ Where the awesome power of God's love heals the most wounded of souls.

How to survive and thrive after horrific childhood abuse is a quest that drives both Taylor and Trevor Forrestier. They suffered physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally at the hands of a brutal father.

Even though she still has nightmares, Taylor, with the help of the compassionate, spiritual pastor Dan Hebert, is finding her way to a place where she can cope with the past. She knows deep down that she will never get to a true peace until her twin brother Trevor finds his way to get past the horrors that they suffered together. He carries a burden of guilt for not being able to protect Taylor from their cruel, out-of-control drunken father. He has a rage inside him even though the father is dead, and he still questions why God would let such things happen to children.

Being rich, highly intelligent, well-educated and successful business partners does not erase the horrors of their past. Their need to protect each other and to be assured of each other’s well-being is paramount in their lives. They are each a half of a whole and finding a way to become separate individuals is a painful process, especially for Trevor. The gifted Taylor has detailed visions of how things looked in the past and Trevor has the talent to create to perfection what she has seen. Consequently, their architectural business flourishes in Louisiana where they can bring old, historic homes and landscapes back to their original grandeur.

Alex Broussard, a rich financial analyst; Pam, the super office manager and friend for Taylor and Trevor; Steve, the Forrestiers’ foreman; and even the insecure, disruptive Colleen along with Pastor Dan Heberty are all involved in Trevor and Taylor’s struggle to find their way to a redemptive love that can give them peace and allow them to move on to live fulfilling lives.

The Visionary has a touch of sermonizing at times as it gently but firmly nudges the reader along with Taylor and Trevor as they find their way to God who heals all wounds and grants strength to those who seek Him. This story gives the reader a heartwarming, fun, and captivating journey with the characters as they find romantic love that bubble with happiness. It also shows the reader how the characters struggle with “real-life’ issues like loyalty, forgiveness, grief, pain, anger, frustration, etc. as they strive to “Trust in the Lord and lean not unto thine own understanding”—a big order in real life just like it is in the story.

The Visionary is a thought-provoking novel that touches the spirit that abides beneath the sophistication and bravado veneer that is used for protective armor against “the slings and arrows” of a secular world that so often scoffs at the spiritual. Pamela Thibodeaux gives the reader interesting and unusual reading that affirms and reveals the power of LOVE on many levels.

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