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Review: Refuge from the Storm by Kristina Hall

Stars: 3.5

Synopsis: Even though Tony Dorence has returned home from prison, alive only by the grace of God, he, his sister, and his friends are plagued by many more trials that threaten their lives and their faith. Will they stand strong in the face of doubt and persecution?

Ooh, boy. This...this long-awaited (I waited a day...still too long) sequel to Fled for Refuge (one word: cliffhanger) was both everything I wanted and nothing like I’d hoped.

If that’s confusing, don’t worry. I’ll explain.

Refuge from the Storm picks up right where the first book left off—and Y’ALL. Tony survives. He comes home. Merri and Wes and Matilda and Rick and Brent are still waiting for him. It’s epic.

Except I feel like 50% of the book was Tony sleeping and Merri worrying. There was just a lot of repetition and not a lot of drama or action (until the very end...which was the best part). As much as I like how realistic Tony’s recovery was and how relatable Merri’s doubts were, it was kind of excessive. I needed more to the plot; otherwise, it dragged.

BUT THEN. But then...something crazy happened, and Craig and Amanda show back up. Y’all, that could have been SUCH an epic twist...but that too seemed like it wasn’t fully fleshed out.

What would’ve helped was some more drama (I. Love. Drama.), with a hint of comedy and (maybe, but I won’t ask for it) romance or something. Something...more. (Like...what if Drew came back? That would’ve been so awesome. Terrible for the characters, but awesome for me. *winks*)

Speaking of the characters, I could see Rick and Brent being such amazing characters with an interesting dynamic with Tony and Merri, but they really bled into each other. (I honestly couldn’t tell them apart sometimes.) If they’d been more defined and developed, they would’ve added such a fun element to the story.

Truth be told...this could’ve been a novella. I feel like some of the repetitive scenes could’ve been cut to make the pacing and length more conducive to all that actually occurred in the story. (*glares at her own 210k word-long epic* I may need someone to tell me this...)

As it was, even though the sequel fell flat in some areas, it really picked up at the very end. No spoilers, but I am SO stoked for the next book! Just...all the vibes, guys. This is taking me back to my Left Behind days; I can just feel the intensity and see everything unfold! I sincerely hope the next book takes advantage of the build-up Refuge from the Storm gave it!

Honestly, the whole book is worth that ending. And Tony not dying, of course! *winks* I LOVE the apologetic themes and how relevant the messages are! Definitely gets you thinking about what you would do in that situation—if you would choose your life but lose your soul by denying your Lord—which is something we should all ask ourselves in a culture that looks down on Christians! I think Hall wrote those struggles so well, in a way that was relatable and authentic rather than the characters already being perfect and doing everything just right!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary review copy from the lovely author! All opinions expressed are my own!


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the sale

Fled for Refuge (the first book in the Refuge series) is on sale for $1.99 during the launch tour! You can purchase a discounted copy from your preferred retailer HERE!


the tour

Monday, April 18th

Vanessa Hall - Spotlight

Grace A. Johnson - Spotlight

Kristina Hall - Tour launch

Tuesday, April 19th

Madi’s Musings - Spotlight

Lillian Keith - Spotlight

Wednesday, April 20th

Judith McNees - Review

Thursday, April 21st

Friday, April 22nd

Abby Burrus - Review

Vanessa Hall - Review

Saraina Whitney - Spotlight

Kylie Hunt - Spotlight and Review

Autumn - Spotlight

Kristina Hall - Tour Wrapup


about the author

Kristina Hall is a sinner saved by grace who seeks to glorify God with her words. She is a homeschool graduate and holds a degree in accounting. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, arm wrestling, lifting weights, and playing the violin. Follow her on Goodreads, BookBub, Instagram, and her website, and subscribe to her newsletter!

Yours in spirit and script,


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corrie s.p.
Jul 26, 2022

It sounds like it has an amazing message. I agree, sadly the world does not accept us but I keep in mind John 16:33 "I have told you these things, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble; but cheer up! I have overcome the world.”"

Grace A. Johnson
Grace A. Johnson
Jul 27, 2022
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It certainly is! AMEN!! I love that scripture! <333


Vanessa Hall
Apr 22, 2022

Hahaha, yes, even a day is too long to wait for sequels! 😂

Grace A. Johnson
Grace A. Johnson
Apr 23, 2022
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I know, right?!


Kristina Hall
Apr 22, 2022

Thanks so much for reading and reviewing Refuge from the Storm!! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

The part about how Drew should've come back ... 😂 I'm not that mean to my poor characters!

Grace A. Johnson
Grace A. Johnson
Apr 23, 2022
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My pleasure! Thank you for letting me! :D

Hmm. You have a point. XDDD


Joelle Stone
Apr 22, 2022


Kristina Hall
Apr 22, 2022
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Thanks so much!!


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