Friday, December 4, 2015

"Trials and Tribulations" by Rachel Dylan... and a GIVEAWAY!

To celebrate the release of Rachel's latest book, she has agreed to give away a hard copy of the book to one lucky person (US only). To enter, see the Rafflecopter box at the bottom of this post. (Contest ends December 11, 2015). If you are the randomly chosen winner, I'll contact you and and pass your information along. Good luck!

A Word from Rachel…

I did not plan on writing Trial & Tribulations. I was actually at the beach on vacation and working on a new book. I  had written about ten pages when I stopped writing. I just wasn’t feeling inspired.

But then another idea came to me. A totally different story. A story about a legal battle and a spiritual one. The character of Olivia Murray formed in my mind. And from that point on, the idea was clear to me: a book about two battles—one inside the courtroom and one on the outside. I knew from the very beginning that this book wasn’t going to have a subtle faith message. This book was going to be an in-the-trenches look at spiritual warfare.

I wanted to use my background as a lawyer and write a true-to-life legal suspense. But I wanted to mix that with the spiritual battle that happens around us everyday. I also hoped to write a book that deals with spiritual warfare in a contemporary way—especially taking technology into account.  So that’s how I decided on the book having two New Age tech companies in a lawsuit over an app.

I can say that writing this book was a fulfilling experience and one that only deepened my faith. I jumped in and committed to the story and never looked back. I poured my heart, mind, and soul into this book, and I hope that readers will find something meaningful in reading it. 

My Review…

Attorney Olivia Murray is quite comfortable in her DC office. That is about to change when she is sent to the Chicago suburbs to participate in what will become the trial of her life and a huge test of her career and faith. She will be representing a new age technology company, Astral Tech, against their biggest competitor, Optimism. The opposing counsel is Grant Baxter. It soon becomes apparent that God brought Olivia and Grant together for a purpose… His purpose. While Grant is not a Christian, he quickly becomes an unlikely friend. The two of them must work together and rely on Olivia’s faith as they encounter a spiritual battle like no other. They will be left wondering whether or not they have any allies or if everyone is in the Devil’s pocket. Will Olivia be able to lead Grant to the Lord, or will she lose him to the dark side, especially after he sees the power firsthand? Will she be able to shut down the companies, or will evil flourish?

Even though this is a work of fiction, Dylan does a phenomenal job of depicting the very real battle one encounters when dealing with spiritual warfare. Olivia is steadfast in her faith and a tenacious character, perfect for the fight with good versus evil. The story is extremely engaging, and that only increases as Olivia prepares for her legal and spiritual battle. All secondary characters serve important purposes; none are wasted. Thanks to Dylan’s background, the legal accuracies are spot-on. The visuals will grab you, almost like watching a movie unfold. This is an in-your-face look at the very real presence of evil in the world and how one must be prepared to do battle. This can only be done by putting on the armor of God, which is exactly what Olivia must do if she wants to survive. I highly recommend this book!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

About Rachel…

Rachel Dylan writes Christian fiction, including inspirational romantic suspense for Love Inspired Suspense and the Windy Ridge Legal Thriller series. Rachel has practiced law for almost a decade and enjoys weaving together legal and suspenseful stories. She lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids — two dogs and three cats. Rachel loves to connect with readers. You can find Rachel at:


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  1. I think my husband would be interested in this book since it's the kind he likes to read! And finding Christian ones is so hard to find at our library sometimes. Thank you for the chance t o win a copy of "Trial & Tribulations"

    1. You're very welcome, and thanks for stopping by, Trixi. That's awesome that you're entering to help out your husband's reading list :)

      Good luck!

  2. Love legal court types of books. Would definitely read this one

    1. Heather, so do I! Rachel's background in law just adds to the realism.

      Thanks for stopping by, and good luck!