When former Miss Texas, Kelliana Coleman, her famous architect husband and their two children sit down for a quiet family dinner they never expect how quickly life will change. Suddenly their simple dinner becomes a tale of abuse and hatred. It had to be a mistake.
Keep reading. It wasn’t a mistake at all but a carefully crafted plot that takes the reader through several unexpected twists and turns as two worlds collide in the pages before you. The Grip of Lions and Veils takes you on a journey into a desert lair in Yemen where torment and torture are an everyday occurrence.
For me the most surprising feature of this novel was how quickly it engaged me, not just in the reading but in the depth of the actual story. I picked up the book as I settled into my bed planning to read a few pages before drifting off to sleep. I closed the book at 6:00 a.m. the next morning wanting more.
During the night, I had “heard” the screams of the captives. Taking one small peek into a world where women are considered persona non-grata, I had “sat” in and listened as they took tea. I watched a friendship between two women emerge and I had “experienced” the hatred between those that are different than me.
Reminiscent of a James Patterson plot, there is danger and deception, mystery and intrigue, romance and drama. Through it all there is a story of faith and commitment encouraging the believer that God is alive and well and still on His throne.
I can’t help but wonder if when Audra Grace Shelby penned her latest novel, The Grip of Lions and Veils, she knew what a gripping tale it would become.
Stephanie Guerrero, Pastor’s wife and author of Shades of the Orient