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A Cry from the Harbor
by Marcyle Taliaferro   

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Publisher:  Publish America ISBN-10:  1413701868


Copyright:  April 11, 2003

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Contemporary Christian Fiction

From her hospital bed in New Orleans, Amber Conner relinquishes dreams of glamour and success to schemes of sweet revenge....But will revenge lead to the place she really wants to be?

A portion of the royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association.

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Green Light Rating by Sara Weis Reviews,
Publication is coming soon but here is a sneak preview! Vengefulness, hostility and revenge all seep from the hospital room where Amber Conner lays unrecognizable in her hospital bed. What could have happened to bring out such hatred from a young, beautiful woman? It is Amber Conner's desire to strike out against those who once loved her that opens the novel, A Cry from the Harbor. As we learn of Amber's plan for sweet revenge, we are introduced to several characters who are going through their own trials and tribulations. For example, take Jocelyn, the single-parent nurse trying to do it all for her little boy, but being unable to let go of the past and find contentment and happiness for herself. What about Cole Carter whose own unassuming innocence nearly ruins his life? Marcyle Taliaferro intorduces us to these characters and intertwining lives. We witness them all wallow in anger and resentment as they retreat further from the happiness. It takes kind-hearted Reba Williams and strong Shay Sullivan, whom have both faced much tregedy and disappointment in their lives, to inspire and deliver a message about God's forgiving nature and steadfast love. A Cry from the Harbor entertains, inspires, and radiates good ol' southern values and charm. It is definitely not without humor, and any female reader will appreciate the ladies' shopping trip to big city New Orleans and their head-shaking and avoidable adventures. A Cry from the Harbor is an easy and enjoyable read with versatile characters and a feel-good ending.

A Great Read
Senior Reviewer, Shirley Johnson
Midwest Book Review
If you have ever wondered how to incorporate a great storyline and the teachings of God, you need to read Marcyle Taliaferro's work, "A Cry from the Harbor." Written in such a way as not be 'preachy', the author involves you in the lives of several different characters who are facing some really tough life challenges.
Take Jocelyn, a young mother who was deserted by her irresponsible boyfriend and family, left to raise her chile alone. Reba and shay, both harboring deep sorrow at the loss of their partners, whom God will tenderly bring together. Cole, a young man who has also tasted the sorrow that life can bring, and is battling deep feelings of guilt and resentment.
We go on to meet elderly sisters, Kathryn and Willa, who have wasted years of their lives living in despair over the loss of their loved ones and a future that was not meant to be. And of course, we have our villian, beautiful Amber Conner who tragically was injured in an automobile accident and who is determined to make everyone pay for her misfortune.
The plot thickens as we are taken to a small community called Cocodrie where Shay's friends live in the town full of the love of God. Unfortunately, someone is trying to disrupt the harmony of this peaceful existence with such occurrences as life-threatening accidents. Shay's friend T-Jack and his dad have to protect their families. The problem was knowing who or what they had to protect them from. Could it have anything to do with Amber and the fact that her grandmother, whom she hates, lives and is part of this tight-knit community?
Seeking has taught some to trust the Lord, while others continue in their destructive behavior, not knowing that the Lord is about to intervene and through some intense circumstances bring them to Him.
We have all the elements of a good mystery in this read. Greed, hatred, love, anger and revenge all twisted together as each character battles against the forces, both good and evil that are working in their lives. The author even sprinkles sprays of romance and hints o blissful holy union amongst the turmoil of her characters. She also manages to add slivers of humor, showing that smidst life's hardest times there can still be smilies.
This is a great read, showing intervention of a God who loves us, yet giving the reader a big taste of mystery, romance and a chuckle along the way. Good job, Ms. Taliaferro

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Reader Reviews for "A Cry from the Harbor"

Reviewed by Deborah Turner 2/28/2004
Review for
A Cry From the Harbor
By Marcyle Taliaferro
c. 2004
Reviewer: Deborah R. Turner
Author of If I Perish
Rating: 5 Stars

Singer Amber Conner is hospitalized after a car accident that disfigures her face and ravages her voice. As she heals, she plots revenge against everyone she feels is the cause of her current predicament, from the nurses who care for her to her parsimonious old grandmother. She is going to make everyone around her pay.
Two of Amber’s nurses, Jocelyn Deshotel and Cole Carter, have problems of their own. Jocelyn is a single mother, trying to juggle work, daycare, an active child, finances, and her own anger at the way her life is going, while Cole searches for meaning in his life. Their head nurse, Reba Williams, tries to witness to them without much success.
Meanwhile, Reba’s life is looking up. A widow, she has met a friend of Amber’s grandmother, who visits from time to time at the hospital. When Shay Sullivan asks Reba out, she hesitantly agrees. That halting first step leads to a growing love between them.
Amber finally leaves the hospital and the story picks up speed as she puts her carefully laid plan into action, sweeping everyone into her destructive net. What happens to each makes this novel a page-turner not to be missed.
A Cry from the Harbor is the sequel to Fountains of the Spirits, Mrs. Taliaferro’s first novel. It is definitely worth reading. The writing is fast-paced, the plot full of surprising twists and turns, with a strong underpinning of faith and love.
I strongly recommend A Cry from the Harbor and look forward to what this author has to offer next.
Reviewed by Jennifer Cary 2/27/2004
Often in the broad genre of Christian fiction you will find wonderful books that transport you to earlier or future times. But not nearly as often can you find books of the same genre that meet you in the here and now and do a wonderful job at it all at the same time. This book, A Cry from the Harbor, not only meets but exceeds that challenge.
Ms. Taliaferro has spun a tale set in present day Louisiana that is filled with believable characters with whom one can easily identify. For the believer, this book not only uplifts but reminds of where we have come from and our reason to rejoice. For the nonbeliever, the gospel message is clear yet unpretentious and practical.
As I began this adventure I was immediately grabbed and thrown into the action with the first short paragraph. From there I was introduced to everyday people who somehow bonded with me in a very normal and everyday type setting – a hospital. Having spent a good deal of time in one (both as a patient and the parent of a chronically ill patient) I was struck by the authenticity of the setting and characters. This I understood. It was easy to want to know more about these people and see how things went for the head nurse (Reba Williams), the independent but struggling single mother (Jocelyn Deshotel), and the flirty, but compassionate nurse (Cole Carter) with his live and let live attitude and poor choice of friends. This is a story of ordinary people dealing with everyday stresses of life – love, anger, depression, aloneness, revenge, and forgiveness – woven into an extraordinary tale that will surprise you with it’s uniqueness and twists. Just when I was sure where the tale would lead, something different would change the path.
Though a sequel to Ms. Taliaferro’s first novel, Fountains of the Spirits, A Cry from the Harbor does two important things for me: first, it stands alone as a great story; and second, it makes me want to be sure to read Fountains of the Spirits because Ms. Taliaferro is an extraordinary storyteller and her writing is thoroughly enjoyable. May you be as blessed as I was when you read A Cry from the Harbor.

Reviewed by Eddie Thompson 2/17/2004
I can't wait to get my hands on this book!!!

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