~ Book I of the Sacred Journey Series ~
by Karen Hulene Bartell
An inspirational love story.
Centered on self-growth, Sacred Choices weaves together the lives of three resilient women.
Ceren is a newly-married and pregnant professor who learns her husband is a bigamist who
urges abortion. Judith, Ceren's colleague—an older, more worldly professor and pro-choice
advocate—provides counsel based on her experiences. Judith's sister Pastora, a nun,
provides the voice of reason. Sacred Choices is Ceren's journey—from her positive
pregnancy test, through her decision whether or not to have an abortion—to an uncanny conclusion.
Sacred Choices has an offbeat charm steeped in the supernatural. The protagonists' search for
the answer to whether it is the Aztec goddess Tonantzin or Our Lady of Guadalupe who has been
revered for the past 500 years is interrupted by a giggling, young girl, who appears only to
Judith. Is she a figment of Judith's imagination, a vision—or could she be an angel, as
Pastora believes? Set near Mexico City and incorporating present-day Hispanic and ancient Aztec
beliefs, culture, and cuisine, Sacred Choices deeply celebrates the triumph of the spirit.
Praise for Sacred Choices
Thought provoking story revolving around a controversial topic. Story crosses generations, ancient
religions and modern day Catholicism, paternity and maternity, to name a few topics. The main
characters counterbalance each other, some being rational and others more defined by emotion.
Intrigued by possibilities for a sequel.
~ Diane Cmerek Gorchs
The author kept me interested from the beginning to the end. I am an avid reader and if the plot
line is too simplistic I get bored. This did not happen with Sacred Choices. I identified with
all the female characters especially Juith. The setting of the story mainly takes place in a
small town in Mexico near the site of the appirition of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The way the
author incorporated the spiritual into the story was my favorite part. I am looking forward to
a second book with the same characters and a few new ones. I would highly recommend it to any one.
~ Susanne L. Loe
Karen Hulene Bartell
Dr. Karen Hulene Bartell, author of Angels from Ashes: Hour of the Wolf, Christmas in Catalonia,
Sacred Gift, Belize Navidad, Sacred Choices, and others, is a best-selling author, motivational
keynote speaker, IT technical editor, wife, and all-around pilgrim of life. She writes multicultural,
offbeat love stories steeped in the supernatural that lift the spirit.
Dr. Bartell lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband Peter and her 'mews'—five rescued cats.
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