Blessed Transgression #BookReview

Written by Lois Jean Thomas




Young Victoria Unruh sees herself as no different from any other Mennonite child in her community of Goshen, Indiana. Little does she know there is a story, carried along in the memories of her parents and older siblings, an underground river of silent shame that becomes a raging torrent when it converges with the stream of her own life








Terrific Story, Beautifully Written!   5 stars


I expected this to be good – but it’s even better than that!

This is the tale of Victoria Unruh, the youngest child born to parents some years after her sister. Born and raised in a Mennonite community, Vickie is a loving daughter and sister to her siblings, but she is unaware that within the family unit there are secrets harboured with potential to change life as she knows it.

I have read quite a number of Amish and Quaker novels, but I’m quite new to the Mennonite community and found the details and the differences quite fascinating. The family dynamics are what makes this such an excellent read; little by little we find out all about what is happening now and how past events have impacted upon them. There are so many different topics within the covers, but you’ll just have to read it for yourself as I’m really not into giving away spoilers!

The Christian aspect of this novel isn’t overpowering, but it is an integral part of it. The story itself is both skilfully crafted and beautifully written and it kept my attention from first to last. I’m very happy that I have the author’s next book in my tbr list, and look forward to reading it.  I can honestly say that this is unique to anything other book I’ve read, and I’m very happy to recommend it to everyone who enjoys a great read about family life.

My thanks to the author for my copy, which I freely chose to read. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.

*ETA – having read the author’s bio, I would add that she is a tremendously inspiring person, and I’m completely in awe of her achievements!


Tags: Christian, family life
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 729 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Seventh Child Publishing LLC
  • Publication Date: 21 September 2015
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •                                 Amazon US




Meet the Author



I grew up in rural Brown County, Indiana, the seventh of nine children. My father was a Mennonite minister. Several of my books reflect my experience of being raised in the Mennonite tradition.

I lived most of my adult life in Goshen, Indiana. I’ve always loved to write, and in my young adult years, I had several stories published in magazines. However, other activities took precedence over my writing: raising my three children, going to college and graduate school, completing training in therapeutic massage and energy healing and maintaining dual careers in clinical social work and massage therapy.

I’ve been a life-long spiritual seeker, and have explored a number of spiritual traditions. While studying Vedantic scripture in the early 2000s, I was inspired to write three children’s books, which were published by the Sambodh Society, Inc. They are listed under “Other Works” on this website.

In 2006, my husband and I moved from Goshen to Saint Joseph, Michigan, where I continued my employment as a clinical social worker. Then, in 2010, my life changed abruptly. I was struck by a car as a pedestrian, and sustained a traumatic brain injury. The accident left me unable to continue my career.

Since then, I’ve had all the time in the world to write the novels I’ve always dreamed of writing. But injury-related challenges have made that task extremely difficult. Damage to my brain has left me with a condition called post-traumatic vision syndrome, which limits my stamina for reading and writing. Additionally, my injured brain is easily overtaxed, and will tolerate only so much hard work before my cognitive processes shut down.

Thus, my daily writing time is short, and I must use special accommodations. I have a window of opportunity to write each morning, when my eyes and brain are refreshed after sleep. That time is precious to me.

However, whatever story I’m working on is always in my head, keeping me company throughout the day. I keep a stack of scrap paper handy so that I can jot down the creative inspirations that pop into my mind. I incorporate these notes into future writing sessions.

My son C. Zane Shetler has illustrated two of my children’s books, and has provided cover art for three of my novels. My husband A. R. Thomas completes the formatting and publishing tasks that my vision challenges prevent me from doing.

In addition to writing, I enjoy raising flowers, collecting angels, and creating a peaceful ambiance in my home and gardens.

Visit my website and read my blog to learn the story behind each of my publications.








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