About the Book
Book: Fifty Days
Author: Katie Vorreiter
Genre: Christian Spec Suspense
Release date: March 28, 2021
Three days ago, Maggie Lehman’s beloved mentor and friend, Jarrett Adams, was murdered on live television. Grief stricken, Maggie traverses a Washington DC under curfew, but when she arrives at the morgue, the body is missing—and her presence is recorded on the security video.
As dawn breaks over the city, Maggie encounters Jarrett on the street—and he’s very much alive. Either she’s gone mad—again—or Jarrett really is back.
While the US loses its grip on democracy, government thugs eager to contain what Maggie knows hound her every step, and the good intentions of a man from her past only tighten the noose. The powerless and bewildered Maggie seeks Jarrett and the return to how things were, but finds she must give up what she wants most to gain what she can hardly imagine.
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About the Author
Katie Vorreiter makes her home in the diverse and beautiful San Francisco Bay Area. She works in high tech as a proofreader as well as a freelance fiction copy editor for a small press. While she admits to being a grammarian, she considers herself a fun one.
After studying and later interning in Madrid, Spain, Katie continues to use and improve her Spanish as much possible—especially when a travel opportunity arises. Aside from that, she DIYs at home with her husband in their almost empty nest, travels to Colorado where their two young-adult children study, and snuggles with her pup who promises not to grow up and go away to college.
More from Katie
2,000 years ago, a body disappeared from a cave. But what if it happened yesterday?
What would miracles look like in the age of Photoshop? Might our cynicism dismiss a resurrected Jesus as a David Blaine wannabe looking for his 15 minutes of YouTube fame?
Fifty Days was inspired one Easter Sunday as I sat admonishing myself to listen with new ears and to not feel that I’d been there, done that for the most amazing story ever told. But those women at the tomb: I had no concept of what their day-to-day lives were like. I wanted to identify with them, but how could I walk in their shoes when I couldn’t envision their sandals?
I said to myself, “it’s not like the events could take place in my world”… and my imagination took off as Maggie walked into my life. More precisely, she walked through the pre-dawn streets of Washington DC, driven to get to the morgue to see Jarrett’s body. But when she got there, he wasn’t there. His body was missing, and unfortunately for Maggie, she was caught on the security video.
From Easter to Pentecost (hint, that’s a period of fifty days), we see the followers of Jesus experience a huge change. We don’t know much about the weeks that intervened, and we never see Mary Magdalene again in scripture after Easter morning. So that gave me a lot of room to imagine: what would it be like to go from hiding in bewilderment and fear to the bold empowerment of Pentecost?
For Maggie it’s a matter of keeping one step ahead of the thugs pursuing her and the man from her past whose good intentions only create havoc for her, while she searches for a way to clear her name, or better yet, be reunited with Jarrett.
Hebrews 13:8 says Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Thus, whether in a robe, jeans and a tee shirt, or a spacesuit, Jesus and his truth are unfailing, unchanging. Fifty Days isn’t about “updating” those truths. But boy, imagining hanging out with his followers at Starbucks made them seem a lot more three-dimensional to me. And to be honest, I find myself a little jealous of Maggie’s relationship with Jarrett—she is completely sold out. Totally confident in his character and power. There is not only love between them, but affection. Fleshing that out has made me look at my relationship with Jesus in a new light.
This is a very unique story that has us follow Maggie on a journey that is familiar to many. The question is raised of what would happen if Jesus was alive and then killed in our modern world of today?
From the person who denies knowing Jarrett to his body missing we are able to follow along as this mystery unfolds. I had shivers thinking about what I would do if this happened today. Maggie is caught up in a battle where people don’t believe that she saw Jarrett even though he supposedly died. Just think about how you would explain to someone right now that this person everyone saw die, is really alive and you saw them? I think they would be finding you a nice quiet bed in a hospital where you’re placed for your safety and others.
I loved Stephen and how he teams up with Maggie to help keep her safe. People are after them and are desperate to stop them . Someone doesn’t want the truth about Jarrett coming out. It was exciting to meet different people in their journey and how they helped Maggie and Stephen. The author is a great storyteller and it is so close to the story in the Bible, yet I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. I was hooked on following these two characters till the end.
The best part for me was how determined Maggie and Stephen were. When they see Jarrett again it is so special. He tells them how he loved then before they were born and His unconditional love for them. He tells them ,”If you approach your relationships with genuine love, you can forgive anything.” If only we could remember those words every time we face someone who hurts us. God wants us to walk in love and forgiveness.
The ending is an edge of your seat thriller as Maggie must face the enemy. It gives me chills as I think of what Maggie was facing. It’s a fight to save Maggie as she is escorted into court. At that moment she feels His presence. Can you imagine being told you are crazy because you believe in God? The scene before us at the end is good vs evil and the author displays it with much compassion and love for God. I would love to see this book made into a movie.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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