The Other Side of the Bonfire
When Jewel finds herself out on the sidewalk,
desperately hoping the taxi will arrive before her
cheating boyfriend gets home, she knows it’s time
to make a new life. But how? She’s never lived
alone, and she’s never loved a man she could
trust. With the help of a childhood friend, a
bonfire, a chance encounter, and a leap of faith,
Jewel discovers a world of creativity and love in
the last place she ever dreamed of looking.
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Reviewers are Praising Johnson's Novel
"This is a story about hope and second chances
and finding love. The characters are all touched
by the Orthodox Christian faith in different ways.
Those familiar to Orthodoxy can find comfort
and renewal, and those new to Orthodoxy are
invited to explore this ancient faith through the
lives of the characters. Melinda Johnson is a
pioneer in Orthodox Christian literature. Though
her characters are fictional, we all know a Xenia,
Jewel or Timothy in our lives and we can all
relate to their struggles and triumphs. The Other
Side of the Bonfire is not your average love story.
You will find that it strengthens your love story
as you read along."
Christy Pessemier, $20 Dollar Date Night
"There is a dearth of high-quality Orthodox
fiction for adults, and Melinda Johnson is to be
commended for so bravely stepping up to the
plate and filling this need. She succeeds
exceptionally well because she so obviously
writes from the heart and gives us very real
characters with whom we can cry, laugh, mourn,
and rejoice. And many of them are instantly
recognisable from our own lives and parishes."
Elizabeth, The Garden Window, UK
"The poignant stories of Jewel, Xenia, and Anna
brought me to tears, laughter, and joy as they
struggled sometimes awkwardly to form or
strengthen their relationships with God and
others. While there are plenty of Christian novels
on the market, The Other Side of the Bonfire is a
must-read Orthodox Christian novel."
Kelly Lardin, A Day's Journey