Strand of Faith

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Rachel J Bonner

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Strand of Faith : A girl. A monk. An unthinkable sacrifice. When the choice is between love and life, how can anyone decide? A love story that blends together paranormal and mystery, fantasy, faith and romance.



Short Summary

Monk Prospero discovers Leonie pretending to be a male student to access training for her mental powers. Both have reasons to resist their mutual attraction. Abbot Gabriel forsees that he must push Leonie and Prospero together to prevent all out world war but that this will led to their deaths.

It ends as Prospero chooses to leave the monastery to be with Leonie. Leonie chooses to run away so as not to put Prospero in danger. At the series end, after overcoming life and death challenges Prospero and Leonie make the choices that lead to both the greater good and their own happiness.


Post apocalyptic earth, first book set in a monastery which also provides a hospital and a college.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Rags to Riches,Other

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Philosophical Questions,Twist,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Leonie

Age: 18

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Complex,Empathetic,Faithful,Leader,Honorable,Insecure,Modest,Selfless,Outspoken,Romantic,Strong Moral Code,Charming,Engaging,Heroic,Skillful,Underdog

Additional Character Details

Name: Prospero aka Perry

Age: Mid to late 20's

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Faithful,Heartthrob,Educated,Heroic,Honorable,Insecure,Masculine,Sexy,Religious,Selfless,Skillful,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Abbot Gabriel

Age: 60

Gender: Male

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Complex,Confident,Desperate,Faithful,Gracious,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Masculine,Modest,Religious,Selfless,Skillful,Visionary,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Brother Andrew

Age: Mid to late 20's

Gender: Lgbt

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Charming,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Heartthrob,Masculine,Religious,Selfless,Skillful,Visionary,Strong Moral Code

Development Pitch

This is a story of faith and fantasy mixed into a beautiful tale of love and the consequences of our actions. It blends together paranormal and mystery, fantasy, faith and romance without the tropes or standard formula, to provide an exciting, thought-provoking, emotional journey filled with drama and action. It is set in a unique world, complete with an intricate social system and clearly defined communities, which reflect a warmth and sense of belonging similar to Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife. The key characters are flawed but engaging and relatable as they seek healing, love and try to find their identity and place in the world – as we all do. They face difficult choices, having to balance devastating consequences for others with their own desires, and learn to take responsibility for their actions – again something we can all relate to. As I wrote the book, it played out in my mind as a film, a view reflected by many of my readers. The mental abilities of the characters – telekinesis, pyrokinesis, prophetic visions – provide scope for spectacular special effects. The settings encompass broad landscapes and imposing buildings, as well as cosy and homely spaces. The fantasy and mystery elements of this story provide the escapism we seek in entertainment. But as either a film or a TV series the key characters – Leonie, Prospero, Andrew and Gabriel – will resonate with viewers as they struggle to address issues that we all face on both a personal and global scale.

About The Author

Rachel J Bonner is the author of the compelling and enthralling four book Choices and Consequences series, which starts with Strand of Faith. The story continues through Thread of Hope and Weave of Love, culminating in Cloth of Grace. Rachel has a degree in engineering, which she followed with a career in accountancy which is probably not a conventional path to becoming an author, particularly in fantasy or romance. Rachel says that, although accountancy isn’t anything like as boring as everyone thinks, writing is a lot more fun. When not writing, she can be found walking in the beautiful countryside near where she lives, which has influenced much of the scenery in her books, or shooting things with her local archery club. Shooting targets only, honest. Nothing to worry about. (Okay, sometimes Polo mints. Or cabbages. Still nothing to worry about.) She also enjoys swimming, eating chocolate chip cookies and growing aromatic herbs, especially thyme and rosemary. It’s no coincidence that her heroine likes the same things.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+,13-17

Target Gender: Female Leaning,Universal

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: self published

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available



978-1-912890-01-9 (mobi), 978-1-912890-03-3 (paperback)

Supplemental Materials

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