Claudia Mair Burney has carved out her own niche, writing honest, urban, spiritual, and always entertaining novels that defy categorization. I loved the first in this series, "The Exorsistah." Emme Vaughn was a great character, with flaws and strengths, not to mention a kickin' pair of Prada boots.
This second installment never quite entertains the way the first did, but the continued development of Emme's character--past and present--is done with consummate skill. Emme's immaturity separates her from the love of her life, forcing her to learn new things about love, family, and demon-hunting. Yes, she does confront sulfurous foes, as well as sensual ones, but in this book those scenes are separated by long portions of her own spiritual journey. Burney also throws in humor and romance in equal measure.
The plot of "X Returns" loosely follows elements of the Book of Tobit, from the Catholic canon, and Burney offers a palatable mix of Catholicism that focuses on its theological strengths. She gives some information about saints and monastic orders, never letting us forget that the lessons from these these must carry over into real-world struggles. More important, Emme's battle against evil is not focused on evil but on God and His goodness. In a world tainted by physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, Emme Vaughn and her friends remind us that our primary task, as given in Scripture, is to "watch and pray."
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About the Author
Claudia Mair Burney is the author of the Amanda Bell Brown Mystery series. The first in the series, Murder, Mayhem, and a Fine Man was released in 2006. She lives in Ann Arbor with her husband, five of their seven children, and a hamster. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B003V1WWVA
- Publisher : Pocket Books; Reissue edition (30 November 2010)
- Language : English
- File size : 638 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 338 pages
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Watch and PrayReviewed in the United States on 24 February 2011
Great readReviewed in the United States on 21 August 2019
I love this series and look forward to more. I feel as if I actually know the characters.
Five StarsReviewed in the United States on 17 November 2016
This book was awesome. I truly enjoyed reading it and can't wait until I receive the 3rd book.
Chasing the Green Heart
I wish it were longer!Reviewed in the United States on 19 June 2014
You have to read the Exorsistah first! This trilogy is good but I hope the author reads this review and writes another book. I felt as though this series was written just for me!