Thursday, August 30, 2012


Anessia’s Quest is a book difficult to explain, but one that will make you cry and laugh, sad and happy, shaken but not shattered at the same time.

Karen Slimick Arnpriester, a graphic artist, wife and mother can now rightfully call herself “an author” with the publication of her debut novel which follows the life of a young girl from the pit of abandonment, abuse and physical assault to a glorious life of love, truth, compassion and joy.

Anessia’s Quest is the story Champagne Marie Crenshaw (Pagne), whose mother thought it would be funny to name her baby girl Champagne, after her favorite beverage. And so begins her journey into a world of dysfunction, disregard and disappointment. Pagne believes she is all alone, unwanted and discarded, but soon realizes that she is not alone, that she is protected and guided by her guardian angel.

Pagne’s journey along the road of life is full of twists and turns. Her difficult childhood inspired many, her random acts of kindness prevented the madness of murder and suicide. Anessia’s Quest shows that little gestures, sharing beliefs, forgiveness, moments of grace, and love for others can ripple into massive waves of joy, hope, love and salvation.

I have learned one great lesson from this book. As we go through the journey of life there are certain events and situations which we do not understand while in the midst of it. But once that phase is completed, we can look back, enjoy and savor those moments gone by, and understand them as we ought to.

Hopeful...that is what this book is. Anessia’s Quest is for anyone who's facing challenges in life. Karen brings out every emotion and shows how we can overcome those obstacles life throws in our path. The author is a natural story-teller, who pulls from her own life and experiences to give a warmth and realistic shine to her book. She shares her deep faith in God through this book. Definitely a great read and a great book!

Paperback: 302 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN-10: 1456504363
ISBN-13: 978-1456504366
Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 0.6 x 0.1 inches
Price: $11.58 (paper) $6.99 (kindle)

About the author: Karen Slimick Arnpriester is a creative, passionate and adventuresome woman. She raised her two children, adores her seven grandchildren and is now a foster mom of two young ladies. She has been a self-taught graphic designer for twenty five years and started her own business twenty years ago. Her faith in God is strong and she believes that we are Christ’s hands, feet, arms and wallet. This translates into her involvement in youth ministries, local women’s shelter, street ministry, the elderly, as well as many other outreaches over the years. Her home has been available to single moms and their children, allowing them to get a fresh start.

Anessia's Quest is her first novel. The desire to write began two years ago as a hobby. She had an idea for a beginning and the end. The rest of the story flowed and took Karen on a journey. She cried and laughed as she followed the twists and turns of the characters. Once friends read the book, she was strongly encouraged to share her story with others.


  1. Anonymous said...
    Thank you so much for your insightful review. You captured the essence of the story which is hope. No one is a mistake, and we each have divine intent for our lives. 

    Karen Arnpriester

    1. Thank you! I love the book, though the ending was a bit of a surprise.

  2. Forgot to mention that we uploaded the first 12 chapters as a free download on my website. My second book Raider's Vendetta has just released and you can find reviews, synopsis and trailer at my page Raider's Vendetta or
    Karen Arnprieser