Anessia’s Quest follows the life of a woman born into dysfunction and neglect. The story takes you on her journey. A journey that begins with abandonment, abuse, and physical injury. Pagne (Pain) believes she is all alone, thrown away, but soon discovers that she is protected and guided by her guardian angel. A powerful relationship develops between this lost child and her loving protector that manifests as a unique method of communication.
Pagne encounters other broken people that become her family, friends and community. Her grace and compassion alter their destructive paths. She moves through her life unaware of the impact she creates, her purpose on Earth.
Her life is filled with tears, laughter, joy and heartbreak. She faces challenges that include ultimate betrayal, loss and shame. Challenges that are only bearable due to her trust and faith in heaven’s love and value for her. Love that is reinforced by her angel. She discovers the events that led to her mother’s indifference and neglect, and must decide how much grace she can extend to a woman she has hated for most of her life. The ultimate test of forgiveness.
When she faces her death, Pagne discovers the true value and power of forgiveness and love. She is shown how her life created ripples that spread into waves of glorious influence. She was not an accident, she was placed on Earth with divine intent.
Karen Slimick Arnpriester is a creative, passionate and adventuresome woman. She raised her two children, adores her seven grandchildren and is now a foster mom of two young ladies. She has been a self-taught graphic designer for twenty five years and started her own business twenty years ago. Her faith in God is strong and she believes that we are Christ’s hands, feet, arms and wallet. This translates into her involvement in youth ministries, local women’s shelter, street ministry, the elderly, as well as many other outreaches over the years. Her home has been available to single moms and their children, allowing them to get a fresh start.
ANESSIA’S QUEST is her first novel. The desire to write began two years ago as a hobby. She had an idea for a beginning and the end. The rest of the story flowed and took Karen on a journey. She cried and laughed as she followed the twists and turns of the characters. Once friends read the book, she was strongly encouraged to share her story with others.
RAIDER’S VENDETTA is Karen’s second novel. It will be released in October 2011. It is a psychological thriller between the main characters, Charley and Raider. Charley’s faith and ability to survive is challenged by the rage of a shattered man.
Her third book, which addresses bullying, is in the works and should be released early 2012. The tentative title is HEY, LEADBOTTOM
This author wants to take her reader to a place where they can evaluate their beliefs and who God is in their life. When asked why she limits herself to Christian fiction, she simply explains that it is where her heart is. If she commits her precious time to writing, it needs to be of value and have God’s ultimate purpose in mind. Bringing his children home to him. Karen welcomes God’s influence in her writing and prays that she is fulfilling His destiny for her life.
So. I was given this book to review by the author (through a mutual friend) and was excited. Not only would this book be new to me, it’s a debut novel. Reading and reviewing debut novels is awesome because it helps these authors rise to the top. It’s a fun adventure, that’s for sure!
So, what did I think of Anessia’s Quest? I didn’t like. Nope. Not one bit. I know what you are thinking. “Seriously? You didn’t like it one bit?”. The answer, of course, is still the same. Nope. But, that’s ONLY because I LOVED LOVED LOVED it!!! Ha! Had ya’ll going for a minute didn’t I? Well, sorry, but I just had the urge to do that. This is a most awesome debut novel and I want to shout it out to all the readers.
Now, on to my thoughts. What’s not to love about this awesome book? It’s a book that takes Pagne, a young woman born into a life of despair, to a mother who drinks and sells her body, and shouts her story of heart ache and pain. Reading Pagne’s story really moved me. I found myself often sitting there, with the book wide open, yet thinking about Pagne and how real she felt to me. I cried for her, I prayed for her, I loved her. Seeing what she went through and how she still persevered, was beyond words for me.
Being a witness to this amazing young woman’s character as she came to know Jesus, was an incredible feeling. She was determined to find the end of her quest by finding a love worth finding: Jesus’ love. Amazing. Along the way of her quest, Karen Arnpriester takes us on a roller coaster, up and down, emotional journey like never before. A journey of finding that “the greatest of these is love” is the most powerful message of all.
I highly recommend this novel to everyone out there with a highest of high 5 Book Rating. Whether you are a Christian fiction lover or no, you will fall in love with Anessia’s Quest. The ending will send you into a moment of awe, and you will reflect on the story for days after closing the last page. I know I still am, and I read the book more than a month ago! Fantastic job, Ms. Arnpriester and I can’t WAIT until her second novel releases, Raider’s Vendetta!