The Prophet's Muse

Grace Everlasting Book Two

Christian - Romance - Contemporary
424 Pages
Reviewed on 10/23/2018
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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

The Prophet's Muse is the second book in the Grace Everlasting trilogy by Olivia Landis, and a beautiful story. Readers meet Tiar Renee Alfred at the beginning of the narrative, a young orphan who’s just lost her uncle, the only person left in her life, and then enters Maxwell Franklin and the revival of an old friendship. Follow these two compelling characters as their destinies merge and as they face new challenges. Do they have the courage to be there for each other when tragedy hits home and how do they handle the growing suspicion?

Told in a tone that is warm and mellow, this story explores themes of family, faith and religion, friendship and love, loss and acceptance. Olivia Landis imbues her characters with humanity and I enjoyed navigating the inner depths of the characters. They are real and believable and the author uses a stream of consciousness to allow readers access into the thoughts of the characters and to understand the conflict that moves the narrative forward. From the prologue, I started enjoying this style and the author uses it to build backstory into the tale without distracting readers in the least. An example is when we meet Tiar driving alone along a difficult path: “A host of truths was following her like shadows and she needed to leave town before anyone discovered them trailing behind her—the secret relationship she never should have pursued, the friendship she never should have violated, an accidental overdose and a week in a psychiatric ward, a faked illness...”

The Prophet's Muse is gripping, written in a gorgeous style and featuring exciting dialogues that enrich both plot and character. This is a well-plotted story with great potential to entertain and inspire readers. One of those books that keep readers awake the whole night, thanks to the beauty of the prose and the realism infused into the writing.

K.C. Finn

The Prophet’s Muse is a work of Christian romance by author Olivia Landis, and the second book in the Grace Everlasting trilogy. This is the sequel to The Paper Shepherd, in which our hero Maxwell Franklin learned a lot about himself and his desire to explore the immortal truths of the universe. Now reunited with Renee, Maxwell attempts to come to terms with his new vocation into the priesthood. As Renee starts veterinary school, their relationship takes a terrible turn and it looks like they must be tested all over again to prove that they can be strong. As external tragedies threaten to tear them apart, it’s the inner reactions and suspicions that will truly test their feelings for one another.

Author Olivia Landis has created an interesting, almost biographical account of two people bonded by both faith and their love for one another, but set against the practical problems of the modern world and the human condition. What I found truly excellent about the Grace Everlasting books was that their characters felt totally realistic and were drawn with that realism rather than any artistic sympathy. The plot of The Prophet’s Muse reads like any good interpersonal drama, with plenty of suspense, jealousy, miscommunications, insecurities and a few really surprising external tragedies thrown at Max and Renee along the way. Olivia Landis has a real skill for showing raw emotion in her characters as they encounter these trials, and her exploration of faith through Max is sure to please all Christian readers of The Prophet’s Muse too.

Rabia Tanveer

The Prophet's Muse: Grace Everlasting Book Two by Olivia Landis is the story of the triumphs and struggles of two star-crossed lovers who meet once again, but their love is tested beyond their expectations. Although I have not read the first novel in the series, I had no problems connecting with the characters and becoming invested in their growth and development. Yes, I would have had a better experience reading the story if I had read the first novel, but I was so immersed in this story and the characters that I just didn’t want to stop and I took my time to savor each word.

This is the story of Maxwell Franklin and Renee Alfred, two best friends who meet each other once again and fall in love. Giving each other a chance to love the other once again, the two do their best to find a new balance that works for them. The fact that Maxwell is now becoming a priest and Renee trying to fulfill her dream of going to veterinary school does not seem to come between them. But when things start coming at them from all sides, what will these two do? Can they survive this onslaught from outside forces? Or can they resist it all and come out of it together?

Fast paced and brilliantly executed, the story had my interest from the get go. I enjoyed how the author seemed to know how far to push the characters, how much to drag something out and when to just stop and let the characters be. This gave the characters their own life and had me reading on and on. I usually read novels very speedily, but I wanted to take my time with this one and simply enjoy!

Romuald Dzemo

The Prophet's Muse is the second book in the Grace Everlasting series by Olivia Landis, a powerful romance with a strong appeal for fans of Christian literature. Renee Alfred has finally found the love of a family and now is reunited with her former best friend, Maxwell, who has just started a new life as a priest. They are determined to make their relationship work this time. When they are almost certain that everything is working to perfection, their relationship is threatened by negative forces that no one saw coming — suspicion, dark secrets, and fanaticism. Can they find the strength to face these challenges or will they be separated again?

This is a beautiful tale of love, intelligently imagined and written with realism. Renee and Max face challenges that most couples encounter in their relationship. What happens when others, especially those we love, think differently from us? This is one of the questions that is beautifully explored in this narrative. The author creates a strong religious setting against which the story takes place, taking readers through the complexities of faith and love. I enjoyed the beautiful writing — it is crisp and features vivid descriptions as well as exciting dialogues. I never felt that the dialogue was forced and it plays a strong role in the development of the story and in helping readers connect with the characters. The characters are real and each is written with a solid background, each one so humanly and genuinely flawed it becomes easy for readers to identify with them. The Prophet's Muse is an inspirational story of love and loss — and Renee has had a fair share of it — engaging and with characters that are believable. Olivia Landis has what it takes to get the attention of the reader and to keep it.

Divine Zape

What happens when two souls that have felt knitted together get a second chance to rediscover each other and deepen their love and friendship? This time, Maxwell Franklin and Renee Alfred meet again, each of them living a dream — Max as a priest and Renee succeeding with her dream of going to veterinary school. Each of them has evolved over the years as well. Now, as they feel drawn to each other, they encounter new challenges —secrets, suspicion and intolerance. Can they build the love they once missed this time or will it slip through the struggles they face, personally and as a couple?

The Prophet's Muse is the second book in the Grace Everlasting series by Olivia Landis, a tale with very interesting characters and deftly handled religious themes — love, faith, the quest for meaning, and the importance of family. Renee has been torn away from her family for a long time, and when readers meet her, she is grieving the death of an important person in her life. It is interesting how she navigates the dynamics of the family she's been separated from for a long time. Olivia Landis writes well and has a great sense of plot.

The characters are deeply explored, emotionally rich, and I loved the way they evolved through the narrative. The story, just like the characters and the cultural and religious settings, is suffused with realism. The Prophet's Muse will inspire readers and have them rooting for the characters. What fascinated me most is the way the author handles the theme of faith, which comes across beautifully through Max.