Title: A Rare Diamond
Author: Amara L. Russell
Pages: 481 (Paperback)
P.O.V: 3rd Person
Genre: Motivational, Romance
Publication Date: October 26, 2016
Publisher: Palmetto Publishing Group
From author Amara Russell, comes A Rare Diamond, her debut novel that teaches us all to use the wisdom and insight from within to learn to trust in the plan that God has for our lives. No matter how difficult our circumstances become, never give up—you have the power to make the choice to do whatever it takes to accomplish your dreams.
Readers will meet Celeste, the novel’s startling wise, kind, smart, and inspirational main character, and will follow along with her as she navigates the ins and outs of growing up, all while her faith is tested through many challenges, pain, and suffering. Having lost her mother at the age of five, Celeste was raised by her father and three older brothers. Like many of us, Celeste suffers setbacks—tragedy, broken friendships, and discovering true love, to name a few—yet she learns from her mistakes and always overcomes, as she takes on life by being the light to those around her.
As readers explore, in depth, the challenges Celeste faces, women and men, both young and old alike, will find themselves smiling, laughing, and no doubt shedding a few tears. A Rare Diamond, is a life-changing and fulfilling read and is for anyone who needs the motivation to break through life’s setbacks and sadness to the other side—where it’s possible to discover how to truly connect with life’s experiences.
“… Relationships are about two people. You have to compromise and make sacrifices. It can’t just be about what you want. That’s what I’m hearing right now with you, with ‘my lady’ and ‘move here for me.’….”
“That’s not true. My sacrifices would be doing whatever it takes to make you happy.”
“But, sweetie, that shouldn’t be a sacrifice that should be automatic….” said Celeste
A Rare Diamond is the debut novel of author Amara L. Russell where she introduces us to Celeste and thereby takes us on to a journey of her growing up. The journey through which cute but quite smart baby girl Celeste grows up to be a graceful, elegant, smart nonetheless kind young lady. A Rare Diamond is about faith and God and tells you how everything eventually just turns out to be fine. It teaches you forgiveness. It teaches you acceptance. It teaches you patience. The book also teaches you love in all its form.
I loved the character development of Celeste. How her personality became stronger by age but how kindness was never lost from her soul despite all the hardships. She personified elegance and was beautiful to her soul. She motivates you to move on and take control no matter what life throughs at you.
Most of the plots and dialogues were smooth and easy to relate to. And Amara with her excellent writing skills transports you to the place of happening immediately. What amazes me is how she sets the perfect atmosphere with so less words.
It was a beautiful crisp morning! The snowflakes were still falling and sticking to the ground. Celeste had awaken with butterflies in her stomach.
And oh! She writes romance well. I mean very well. (If you are reading, please please write a romance novel next. ;))
“ I’m falling for you, that’s all. I’m not ready to see you go.” He whispered in her ear.
“I understand,” Celeste said. “But it’s not ‘goodbye,’ just ‘see you later.’ If it’s meant to be, everything will work itself out in its own time.”
She pulled away from him.
But I must say that the plot development was slow which made it hard to stay focused. The book could have been wrapped in around 300 pages which would have made it more compact.
Nonetheless, A Rare Diamond was quite a peaceful and motivating read for me.
My Rating: 3.5/5
‘A Rare Diamond’, available in e-book and paperback.