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~ Book II of the Sacred Journey Series ~
by Karen Hulene Bartell
Everyone is gifted, but some never open their package.
Spirits are everywhere for those privileged to see. Angela Maria Brannon, the adopted baby
from Sacred Choices, has a sacred gift. Her connection with the Aztec goddess Tonantzin and
Our Lady of Guadalupe empowers her to see ghosts. At first, people think her having 'imaginary
friends' is cute, but at school she's branded 'different' and learns to conceal her special skill.
On her eighteenth birthday, Angela opens herself to communication with the afterlife. Using her
sacred gift, Angela spurs those around her to recognize their potential by resolving deep-rooted pain.
Traveling San Antonio's River Walk and Mission Trail she encounters eerie apparitions and wraiths.
Kissed by the divine and grazed by the ungodly, Angela is proof there's "more in heaven and earth than
is dreamt of."
Praise for Sacred Gift
Another grand slam for Karen Bartell. This story, set years later, gives us a glimpse into
the life of the child from the first book, but also more backstory on the three women from
the first book. The story was woven like the strands of a tapestry. A tapestry I am anxious
to know more about. Highly recommend.
~ Michele Breaux-Rowley
Sacred Gift is as enjoyable as its predecessor, Sacred Choices. Even though the timeframe is years
later, the abortion issue remains a central theme, depicting its long-lasting and far-reaching
effects. But the story moves beyond that to also illustrate the healing process that continues far
longer for many people.
The author heart-wrenchingly shows us how Ceren, years later, is still trying to repress her
resentment and regret over her decisions, yet doesn't give up hope that she can reach that state
of peace and acceptance. Even though she knows some of her decisions were the right ones, she's
still held back by that very human disappointment that she can't completely make everything all
In Sacred Gift, the author very intricately and skillfully weaves her story lines into a tight ball
of fate—and you don't see it coming. Leaves your head spinning. I loved the description of the
Monarch butterflies—just one example of how she effectively "puts you there."
~ Dale Haner
This is a beautiful story of survival—rich with redemption, forgiveness, and love! It visits two
of the choices women have when faced with unexpected pregnancies. Abortions can leave the mothers
with feelings of guilt, anger, and bitterness. Choosing adoption can leave the mother with a different
sense of heartbreak and loss. Characters alternate in the spotlight, but Angela is the hub, with her
spiritual connections playing key roles in the story. At times the story drags, feeling more like a
history lesson touching on Religion, Art, Architecture, and Solar Geometry in connection to Franciscan
friars and their design of Mission churches in Texas hill country . . . it's
informative and entertaining, with a positive ending. Hats off to Karen Bartell for a job well done!
~ Lori Leger at InD'Tale Magazine
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Karen Hulene Bartell
Dr. Karen Hulene Bartell, author of Angels from Ashes: Hour of the Wolf, Christmas in Catalonia,
Sacred Gift, Belize Navidad, Sacred Choices, and others, is a best-selling author, motivational
keynote speaker, IT technical editor, wife, and all-around pilgrim of life. She writes multicultural,
offbeat love stories steeped in the supernatural that lift the spirit.
Dr. Bartell lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband Peter and her 'mews'—five rescued cats.
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