Razed by Paula Wiseman


by Paula Wiseman

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Razed means to destroy something utterly. You can’t repair. You must rebuild.

Doug Bolling lost his wife of twenty years just as their stormy marriage was beginning to thrive, and he bitterly blames God. He tries to reconnect with his son, but it seems Mark is only interested if the relationship comes wrapped in religion.

Mark claims he’s just following God when he moves his family, including Doug’s grandsons, further away, first to pastor, then to attend seminary. With frustrated resignation, Doug turns his attention to building a new life and a new home for himself and interior designer, Cassandra Grayson.

The conflict erupts as Mark is preparing to leave for the mission field in Kenya. He delivers an ultimatum, cutting off all contact between his kids and their grandfather.

God may have ripped away his wife and his son, but Doug draws the line at his grandchildren. Mark’s attempt to force him to choose between the woman he loves and the grandkids he adores, drives Doug to one fateful desperate act, even if it means destroying his relationship with his son.

My Thoughts on this Book

Wow, I just finished reading Razed by Paula Wiseman, and finally, at the end of the book I am happy about what happens. Not that I didn’t like the book, it is awesome! The character’s just really got under my skin, but then that’s they way it had to be, because of the storyline. And because Paula Wiseman is such a gifted, talented and professional author, she knows just how to write a story to capture your interest on the first page and keep it until way after the last word is read!

Even though Doug Bolling tried to do everything right, life was cruel to him, leaving him without a wife and with a son that wanted a relationship with him, but only if he could preach to Doug, making him aware of all of his mistakes in life. I wanted to rip Mark out of the book with his holier than thou attitude, and Marks wife and father-in-law wasn’t much better! And I really like Doug. He was a good man, but one that had religion choked down his throat so much that it drove him from wanting anything to do with God. One thing about the characters, they are so very realistic, so much like people in our world today. Sometimes I actually thought I was reading about some of my friends and family that have been through what Doug was going through. I think knowing several people in this situation gives me a close connection to this book.

There is so much happening in Razed, I would never do justice in trying to tell you about it all, but I will say that I appreciate author Paula Wiseman so much for tackling this difficult issue. And she handles it so very well, knowing just what to say at the right time. And she always knows how to tell everyone about Jesus, in her unique way, that doesn’t sound preachy. Now, I can’t wait for the second book in this series, because I know Paula has another awesome story that will blow readers away!

I received a copy of this book from the author, Paula Wiseman to read and review. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Click here To read the first few chapters of Razed, or for information on how to order.

About Paula Wiseman

Bio Info-

I was born during the Summer of Love in Ashland, KY. I’m wife and mom of three, and a former chemist. I homeschool, I run a little, I’m a huge football and basketball fan, a hopeless nerd with a little techie geek thrown in. I teach Sunday school, I’m the Science Lady at Washington Elementary and I am so left-handed. I have a little dog, and a hateful cat.

To check out more about Paula Wiseman visit her website  http://www.paulawiseman.com/

Also check out Paula’s Covenant of Trust Series. You really must read this series as well! Just let me tell you, it is AWESOME!

PUYB Presetns The Love of Divena

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Join Kay Marshall Strom, author of the Christian historical fiction, The Love of Divena, as she tours the blogosphere October 1 – 26 2012 on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!





Kay Marshall Strom is the author of forty published books.  Her writing credits also include numerous magazine articles, short stories, curriculum, stories for children, two prize-winning screenplays, and booklets for writers.  Kay speaks at seminars, retreats, and special events throughout the country.  She and her husband Dan Kline love to travel, and more and more Kay’s writing and speaking take her around the word.

Her latest book is the Christian historical fiction, The Love of Divena.

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In this final book of the Blessings in India trilogy, Divena struggles against an entire culture to proclaim a faith close to her heart while rocking the world of two families.

India 1990. In the final book of the Blessings of India series, Shridula, old and stooped at fifty-nine, makes her painful way to pay homage to the elephant god Ganesh, lord of success and destroyer of evils and obstacles. “Why are we Hindus instead of Christians?” her seventeen-year-old granddaughter Divena asked.

“Because we are Indian,” said Shridula.

So begins a spiritual journey for Divena as she struggles against an entire culture to proclaim a faith close to her heart while rocking the world of two families.



An old lady finds a little girl on her door step, but her response is, Go Away, This is my house! But did she call her Ammama, mother of my mother? Why would this little girl call her grandmother? But she soon learns that her sweet daughter Ritu is dead and the little girl’s daddy dropped her here, on Ammama’s doorstep. The old lady was poor and didn’t know how she would feed them both, but she believed God sent the little girl. So she will call her Divena, which means Divine Blessing, because God had sent this little girl to be a blessing to her. And as this story unfolds, we see what a wonderful blessing this precious girl is.

Wow, what a story! I fell in love with Divena when she was on her grandmothers doorstep. And the sweet old lady won my heart as well. Some scenes in this story is difficult to read, it will break your heart. But the characters created by the author will capture your heart and won’t let go! And the vivid details of India, and especially their caste system and the Untouchables. I feel like I’ve been to India with Kay Strom!

When reading The Love of Divena, I could clearly see she researched the information well, including several trips to India, giving her a first hand look at the way this class of people live. It is so touching to me that, even though this story is fiction, the way this class of people in India live, move and suffer is not fiction, it is real. Another thing I felt while reading is the love Kay Storm has for these India people. I can just go on and on about this story and how powerful it is, but you need to read it for yourself.

So I highly recommend The Love of Divena. I think this is a story that everyone should read. But be sure to pick up the first two books in the series to read first. If you like to read, you will not be disappointed in this book, nor this three book series. I encourage you to pick up your copy today!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher Abingdon Press through PUYB to read and review. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.





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