Escape From Eden
For the thousands of readers who would like to look behind the veil into the hidden world of an exclusive religious group, this book will open the door and give them a taste. The setting and the characters are imagined, but the romance and the tragedy woven throughout the story have the ring of truth.
How does a person know if what they believe is really the truth?
What would make a person question their faith and turn their back on everything they know?
Escape from Eden is the story of how two young people, growing
up in an exclusive religious community, face those questions.They realise that if they want to be together, they will have to leave the community, their families, and the life they have known.The fear of leaving Eden and living in the ‘world’ amongst ‘sinners’ is weighed against the fear of staying and having to marry someone other than each other. Someone chosen for them by the Elders.
On her deathbed, Charity Goodman remembers her life on Eden’s farm and her struggle to obey without question the strict doctrines imposed by the Elders. She shares her thoughts and fears, and describes her escape and the difficulties she faced coping in the outside world. It is an emotional account of loss, personal suffering, and injustice, balanced with love and adjustment to a foreign lifestyle.
Escape From Eden has been named as a finalist in the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards under categories First Novel and Religious Fiction.
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