DR. MEL'S MESSAGE - From my novels to my other projects, no telling what you will read. This is the only place you will get to read about how I developed a screenplay into a novel and what is the driving force. I will talk about many things from films to books to acting to producing. It really will depend on where my mind takes me. I hope you will join me on this journey.
Growing up, Laura never knew her father or even his last name. Many years later, an encounter with a stranger would drastically impact her life and cause her to question her own identity. Then through a spiraling chain of terrifying events, she learns there's an unknown enemy who appears to stop at nothing to do her harm. Meanwhile, she carries a painful burden of a dark haunting secret, hidden unforgiveness, and low self-esteem.
Her story begins and ends with reflections on lessons she learned from her dear mama (her maternal grandmother) who reared her from birth. Embracing these lessons of faith, hope, love, and forgiveness would often be challenged as she journeyed from victim to victory toward freedom. Even though her thoughts often turn to Mama's faith and these lessons, she finally declares, "Enough is enough," and uses her own measure of faith to survive in a life so filled with ups and downs, twists and turns. At every juncture, one thing remains the constant-the ever-loving presence of God.
If the stranger's information was based on facts, Laura knew her mind would soon find its way frantically going down a rabbit hole in search of "who am I?"
Afterward, Laura catches her breath and helplessly stares at Tina and asks, "Will God still love someone like me, someone as awful as me? Will He ever forgive me for that awful, fateful night?"
First of all everyone should have a Mama like Laura did! This is a must-read book. I found myself crying, praying, encouraging, and examining myself. oh my gosh, I was on edge reading and once I got started I just read chapter after chapter. The author has you going through all your emotions, sometimes in the same chapter. If you want experience the beauty of our God's love and forgiveness read this book!
This was a great Christian mystery. My wife and I were consumed by the many twists and turns as we tried to figure out the plot. I am looking forward to future publications by this talented new author.
The Girl From Chapel Hill is a must-read and page-turner. Although it is fiction, Laura's (the Girl From Chapel Hill) journey of faith, forgiveness, and freedom anchored in Biblical Scriptures can teach and aid readers through their own spiritual journey. At the conclusion, you will definitely assess where you currently are in your walk with Christ Jesus. Congratulations to the author, Minister Vanester Williams may you continue to bring forth the Gospel of Jesus Christ in such a creative way. Your Sister in Christ! Linda Harris
This is a must-read book of a woman with a beautiful soul, who inwardly has deep family ties to memories of Mama, yet loving her family. Her journey of faith and healing leads you through many paths and triumphs along the way. Once she learns the power of forgiveness, her breakthrough commences, tears of joy flow as new beginnings triumph! It is an amazing read from this new and upcoming author.
I just finished this book and really enjoyed it. I loved the “twist and turn” suspense. Wanting to know what would happen next, kept me reading until the end! I love the way the author included so much scripture and application. Very inspirational! Looking forward to Vanester’s next book.
Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2021
This was an easy read book that once you start you don't want to stop. Filled with encouragement and suspense. The author did an excellent job maintaining your interest in the storyline and characters.
Awesome!! This book was such a great read. It was inspiring and has strong elements of love, trust, faith, and forgiveness. The author shows that we can overcome difficult times when we trust and give everything to God. This is an Author that I will follow. I look forward to reading her next book.
Vanester M. Williams has been a
minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for over 20 years. She is a host/speaker
on a weekly broadcast called His Abounding Grace, a program under the
ministry of When Christians Speak Talk Radio. She has served as a Sunday
School teacher, pulpit and conference speaker, and administrator. She is
passionate about encouraging others and teaching them how to strengthen their
Christian journey. She is a retiree of the U.S. Federal Government, holds a
degree in Biblical Studies, and a Certificate in Biblical Counseling
Principles. She is a member of Lifepoint
Church, Fredericksburg, Virginia, where she serves as a group leader. She
enjoys reading, writing, and family gatherings. She and her husband, Rick, have
been married for over 46 years. They are the proud parents of two grown
children, two grandchildren, and several godchildren. They enjoy each other’s company and happily
reside in Fredericksburg, Virginia.