Friday, March 1, 2013

CFBA: The Return of Cassandra Todd

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Return of Cassandra Todd
Realms (February 5, 2013)
Darrel Nelson


I am a schoolteacher by profession and have taught school for (thir—ahem!) years. I grew up in Raymond, Alberta, and attended the University of Lethbridge after graduating from high school and serving a two-year mission to Japan. During university, I met and married Marsha Smith, and we are the parents of four children, which has grown to include their spouses and our ten grandchildren.

I have always loved to write. I started writing stories before I was old enough to realize I was writing stories. It seemed a natural thing to pick up a pencil and paper and create a world simply by using words—worlds of adventure in steaming jungles (Tarzan was an early influence on me) or realms of adventure in outer space (Buck Rogers). But as I have grown older, I have discovered that the real inspiration for me is exploring the theme of love and how it can make such a difference in the world.

I’ve had an article published in Lethbridge Magazine and have written several dramatic plays, two of which won provincial recognition and were showcased at a drama festival. I won the CJOC radio songwriting contest two years running, and have had one of my songs receive international airplay. I have written four novels intended for the juvenile market. They are unpublished as yet, but I read them annually to my fourth grade students and my students tell me they love them, the darlings.


When the girl he hated in high school suddenly reenters his life, little son in tow, and asks for his help, Turner must put the past behind him if they are to survive.

Turner Caldwell works at a local motel as a handyman while attending college full-time. On his way to class one day, he passes the bus depot just as Cassandra Todd and her young son arrive. He is shocked to see her, remembering how cruel she was to him in high school. She was the popular head cheerleader and he the target of her mean-spirited pranks. Turner could never have imagined that the outdoor training and survival skills he learned at Camp Kopawanee, a summer youth camp where he worked three years as a leader, would one day become so crucial. But when Cassandra and her son check into the motel where he works and she asks for his help in eluding her abusive husband, Turner finds himself entangled in a situation that will require every skill he has in order to survive.

If you'd like to read the first chapter of The Return of Cassandra Todd, go HERE.

Love Love LOVED this book, I think I can say it's my favorite so far this year.  So many books have similar plots and story lines, but The Return of Cassandra Todd was a nice change.

This was a book that I couldn't put down, you just can't leave the characters hanging by a thread, you can't set down a book and be left wondering if the bad guys are going to get your characters!

Cassandra and Turner have a past, Turner was one of those kids who everyone loved to pick on in school, so of course he's a bit bitter towards his classmates.  Turner has the ability to forgive, but the level that his forgiveness takes him to is outstanding and an amazingly adventurous if not terrifying journey.

If you like a bit of drama, a bit of forgiveness and love I think you'll enjoy this page turner!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from CFBA


1 comment:

  1. Lauri, I must say that your kind review really made my day! I appreciate you taking the time to read and review my novel. Thanks for being so positive and encouraging. I hope that you will also enjoy my future novel, Following Rain. All the best to you and your family.


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