Beverly Nickelson

Don't let Beverly's two degrees in finance from Eastern Illinois University and DePaul University fool you---she's far more interested in words than numbers. The Lord moved in Beverly's life to reveal her true love for the written word when He placed her in an investment consulting position in Chicago whereby she discovered that writing quarterly investment reports was by far her favorite part of the job. She left the business world to be a stay-at-home mom for her two children in the western Chicago suburbs, and now that they're teenagers, she's been blessed to have re-entered the workforce as a commercial writer for local businesses as well as a freelance editor for a midsize publisher of romantic fiction. Beverly is also a published novelist under the penname Nicki Elson. She describes her writing as mainstream women-centered fiction infused with a Catholic world view, and so she's thrilled to have discovered the Catholic Fiction site and looks forward to reading many great stories in her capacity as a reviewer. 

Book Reviews by Beverly Nickelson

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A Land Without Sin: A Novel

In A Land Without Sin, we follow photojournalist Eva Kovic into South America and southern Mexico. She’s on a quest to find her brother, Stefan – a priest who disappeared amid mounting tension between the classes and impending war. She takes on this quest when nobody else seems to be looking for him.

To get to the regions to conduct an investigation, she takes a job as photographer to an anthropologist. As the novel progresses, she becomes more intrigued by his mysterious project and more attached to him and his family than she’d ever expected.

The atmosphere of this story ...

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Carolyn's Search

Carolyn’s Search is the tale of a woman finding both herself and God after tragedy strikes.  Young widow, Carolyn Helman, moves across the country to get away from painful memories and a strained relationship with her mother. While in California, she becomes interested in learning more about faith and the Catholic Church. The story is told through Carolyn’s experiences as she goes through The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and also through the growing feelings she develops for a new man in her life.

This novel has many dimensions to it, and many twists and surprises are...

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