The Trinity Knot

Releasing the Knot of Silence

Fiction - Womens
256 Pages
Reviewed on 01/02/2019
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Author Biography

DonnaLee worked as a critical care nurse for 20 years before pursuing a studio art degree from the University of Texas in 2005. Her passion lies in finding ways to mix her art with words. Hercontemporary fiction novels, THE KNOT SERIES, are a trilogy written to give a voice to women’s issues that are frequently hushed. Her second novel, The Zeppelin Bend: unraveling the knot of deception, follows the same characters and was published Oct, 2018.

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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

The Trinity Knot: Releasing the Knot of Silence by DonnaLee Overly is the story of Gabriella, who belongs to the wealthy King family. Gaby is sexually abused by her tennis coach, Brett, one day at the club and he jerks the chain her mother had gifted her from her neck and puts it into his pocket. Gaby is a beautiful woman and she wonders why Brett chose her as the recipient of his sexual aggression. She keeps wondering if she should complain about him to the club or report the incident to the police. As the story progresses, readers are exposed to themes of tennis, art, ranches, wealth, and sexual assault. Will Gabriella’s outrageous start to the relationship with Brett have a happy ending?

It is a story about love, trust, redemption, and healing, and the challenges contemporary women face. Gabriella’s portrayal is real and tangible; her emotions, compassionate voice, and feelings of helplessness have been expressed well by the author. Brett’s character, on the other hand, reflects promiscuity, arrogance, and overconfidence. Brett realizes his need to handle his past demons instead of trying to evade them so that he can change from the monster he has become. The rest of the characters in the story complement these two characters and the plot very well. I like the significance of the title and how it works for the plot. The story is simple, yet has twists and turns, and the author’s way of expressing gives it a good pace and movement. Both the characters and their need to heal, find love, and learn to trust have been knitted in through the plot with expertise.

Deborah Lloyd

Gabby King is the daughter of prominent, wealthy rancher, Wayne King. Her mother, Anne, is deceased, but had given Gabby a beautiful necklace with a trinity knot pendant. Gabby lives with her attorney boyfriend, Richard Wright, but the relationship is becoming increasingly distant. Gabby is a beautiful, confident, single woman who is a talented artist, working in an art gallery. She also plays tennis regularly at the country club.

When Brett Matthews, the handsome tennis pro, assaults her, she cannot find her voice to protest, nor does she tell anyone about the event for many months. He also rips the cherished trinity knot necklace from her. The subsequent months of anguish and confusion are well described in The Trinity Knot: Releasing the Knot of Silence by DonnaLee Overly. As time goes on, and everything is not what it seems on the surface, Gabby gains strength, and a deeper understanding of what motivates people to take certain actions. Will she be able to release the knot of silence?

Ms. Overly is a skillful writer; the reader easily becomes engaged in the story line. She introduces an interesting and diverse cast of characters, and each one is very well-developed. Many events from the past are disclosed as the story progresses, and there are surprises for readers throughout the book. Author DonnaLee Overly has crafted an intriguing fictional work in The Trinity Knot: Releasing the Knot of Silence. The significance of the trinity knot is eventually revealed. This novel is a thought-provoking and compelling read.