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Always with You
By Elaine Stock
Published by Elk Lake Publishers
ISBN# B01AQXQTGO
384 pages

Back Cover: Can she move forward without knowing her past?
Will he enjoy his present if he can’t free himself from what he left behind?

In the heart of the Adirondacks, Isabelle lives in the shadow of a dark family secret whose silent burden strips her family of emotional warmth and faith in God. Tyler belongs to the religious sect called The Faithful, which Isabelle’s father dislikes immensely. Yet, because Tyler belongs to this group, Isabelle sees only a man devoted to his family and faith. She wants it; she gets it; they marry.

And when the truth comes out, Isabelle faces two choices: Staying could endanger her child. Leaving could cost her life

REVIEW: This author pens a frightening tale that shows how easily lonely young people without family (support and love) can be easily drawn into a religious cult.  Promises of unconditional love for one another was what Isabelle desired most. She just graduated high school and had plans to go to college. She desired to be an independence woman getting out from under her father’s thumb. Tyler rescues her from what could have been a deadly situation. She learns he’s part of a group called Faithful. They live on a farm with other families her father hated them. She didn’t believe the rumors about this group. Would anyone believe what this man did to save her? Now was her chance to find out about the group first hand. She asks Tyler about the Faithful and what they believe. He says, “We believe in good, old-fashioned beliefs.”

“Like the Amish?”Isabelle says.

Tyler continues, “In a sense. We believe our core of life exists around what God wants for us. Unlike the Amish, we tend to lean more toward the proactive side of where we stand in society…We don’t believe in integrating society or multiculturalism.”

Isabelle and her family didn’t believe in God. What Tyler told her sounded what she was looking for; the unconditional love she didn’t get from her father and grandmother. Things heat up when the leader of the group, Thomas wants to start grooming Tyler to take over his position. Thomas pressures Tyler to be sure that Isabelle – the outsider is committed to the Cause of the Faithful. He had to be sure she was one of them.

Isabelle had waved at the mailman and got a cold stare no other response. “Tyler had explained several times, the faithful members were downgraded to inferior human beings because our beliefs were different from the vast majority of America.” She was experiencing that. Then she witnesses something in a children’s Sunday school class that pricks her spirit and opens her eyes. They read from the Book of Guidance, “We are children of light. We cannot exist with the children of darkness. We must live separately from wrong doers…We serve a white God.”

She questions what “White” God meant. She was told it means pure, holy. She thinks otherwise. It’s too similar to racism in her mind. She begins to question herself and others.

Tyler and Isabelle have been misguided about this group. The secrets they keep threaten Isabelle and Tyler. They are spiritually, physically and emotionally trapped. Can they find their dreams, have the unconditional love they seek? Raise a healthy family? Will they risk their lives to be set free from the bondage they find themselves in?

This story is all too real how smart people can get drawn into cults and causes like the Faithful. They don’t realize how quickly things can turn deadly, similar to groups like ISIS and Scientology that are thriving today. It’s only when people get deep into the core of religion that they find out what it really is. Some people never make it out.

This author includes twenty discussion questions to help the reader take the story deeper and it will help generate lively discussion at your book club meeting.


ABOUT AUTHOR: Elaine Stock writes contemporary fiction. If you enjoy family drama blended with psychological suspense, are curious to know how people can get themselves out of a mess that seems otherwise impossible, she hopes you will cozy up with one of her stories. ALWAYS WITH YOU is her debut novel. Elaine's short stories were published in the best-selling Amazon anthology "Christmas Treasures: A Collection of Christmas Short Stories" and FamilyFiction's "The Story: 2014 Anthology." She is also a regular contributor to the HappySis Magazine. On her blog, Everyone's Story, she joins guests weekly to help encourage hope to "readers, writers, and all those in-between." You can visit her on her website: www.elainestock.com, Twitter, Goodreads, and Facebook.

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