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The End Begins Book Review

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About The End Begins

When your beliefs are at war, does love stand a chance?

Bookstore owner Meryn O’Reilly and Army Captain Jesse Christensen are on opposite sides of a battle. After a series of terrorist attacks in 2053, martial law has been declared in Canada and the military has taken over. When a radical Christian group claims responsibility, Jesse and his platoon are sent to Meryn’s city to keep an eye on the Christians and ensure they are not stepping outside the confines of the law.

Fiery and quick-tempered, Meryn chafes under the curfew and other restrictions to her freedom. Jesse is equally amused, intrigued, and terrified by her spirit. She could find herself in prison if she shows defiance to the wrong soldier, namely Lieutenant Gallagher.

Jesse watches out for Meryn when possible, although she wants nothing to do with him. His worst fears are realized when she commits a crime he cannot protect her from. Now they both face an uncertain future and the very real threat of losing everything, including their lives. With time running out, Jesse works feverishly to convince the authorities to show leniency to Meryn. And to convince her that love can overcome any barrier that lies between them.


I was pleasantly surprised with The End Begins. This was the first book I’ve read about Christian persecution. I thought the book was written well, and it gave me WWII vibes with the soldiers and the Christian people (in relation to the Jews during WWII.) The End Begins takes place in 2053 and I feel like it is something that could happen in our world. It felt realistic and that made me more intrigued. And made me wonder what I would do if I’d been in Meryn’s shoes.


Throughout the story, you follow the perspective of both Meryn, who is a Christian woman at a time when Christians are being watched carefully after some terrorist acts. And Jesse, who is part of the Army. While I liked Meryn, I loved Jesse. I loved his growth throughout the entire story and I can’t wait to see how he continues to grow in the rest of the trilogy.


Overall, The End Begins kept me captivated as I wanted to know what was going to happen next. Looking back now, I feel like some things were stretched so that it could be a trilogy, but while I was reading it, I never had a problem with the pacing. I did struggle with a few of the scenes near the end, when I felt as though Meryn and Jesse both acted out of character (who they’d been the entire book) and that sort of put a damper on some of my thoughts. I gave The End Begins 3/5 stars. I received a copy of The End Begins for free from the publisher + author in exchange for an honest book review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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