Christine Pauls is a Delawarean, born and raised in the city of Wilmington. As a self-published author, her first novel, To Begin Again, was released in April of 2012, but the manuscript was completed a little after her 50th birthday, back in December, 2010. She has worked in the field of Finance for 36 years and counting, currently an accountant in the banking industry. Christine is the youngest of 12 siblings, four are deceased, has two adult daughters, one son in law, and two grandsons. She is working on her second project, Belinda's Song, which is a heart-wrenching tale of a child's life events, after her mother is murdered when she was six years old. This project, she hopes to have out in 2015, or possibly sooner. Her third project, One Good Thing, is in its beginning stages, and will focus on three sisters from Lula, MS, whose life lessons will cause them to have to finally lean on each other. You can find Christine's book on Amazon, BN and kindle devices. Her book also is available in her hometown's public library in Wilmington, DE.
About her book
To Begin Again
Birmingham, Alabama, fifteen year old Celeste Stanton’s life revolves around the strict religious upbringing of her aunt Ruby Stanton who has raised her since birth after her mother’s death. Her world consists of church and more church. But when the pastor’s son, Jordon Jackson, confesses his love for her, they become more than just friends. Her first sexual encounter, changes her life forever. Shelby is born. Becoming a mother at 17 would bring challenges not once but twice; Claudia is born eighteen months later; causing her to grow up faster than she could blink, but where there’s a will, there’s a way and she manages to survive with the support of her family, and best friend Joy. She experiences heartbreak, love and tragedy and learns that life is a constant; it never stays the same. To Begin Again is the story of life's lessons; it's a story of the sheer will to persevere in spite of what obstacles may be in your way. It's a story of learning that what we have been taught, no matter how much we felt we were being lectured and hovered over, it was for our good and it was all because of love. Celeste will find out all of those lessons and more.
Most Favorite Book Review
To Begin Again is a novel that truly lives up to its title. This story is set in Birmingham Alabama and centers on the life of young Celeste. She is raised by her strict Aunt Ruby and is only allowed to enjoy church, church and more church. When Celeste sets her sights on the Pastor Jackson’s son Jordon, one bad decision sends her life into a downward spiral. Nevertheless, she manages to pick up the pieces and move on until the next tragedy occurs that is. Year after year, Celeste tries to press into the next phase of her life but she continues to face adversity. How she handles each situation determines her ability to begin again.
The pace of this novel was interesting to say the least. The first half read at a pace that was of a calm and moderately-moving nature, all the while holding my attention. I felt as if I was sitting on a porch swinging in the summer breeze and the story was rocking me back and forth. The second half took off and it was filled with drama that I wasn’t expecting. It made me say, “Ok Christine let’s go!” The main character was well-developed and I could feel her pain as she endured her trials and learned some of life’s hardest lessons. I read this book in only a few hours and I enjoyed it. I give it Four Stars!