Reviews of Townsend: The EverVigilant Series

I am not one who is reeled in by a good book. However the Townsend series was absolutely incredible. I honestly felt like I was living this story as the main character. I soon was thinking like her and feeling what she was feeling. It was truly enjoyable to read and I even found appreciation for the antagonists of the story too. After all a good protagonist must have an equally good antagonist in my opinion. This was well written from page one to the very end. Every character was unique with their own backstory behind who they are. The story flowed smoothly and I was easily able to follow along. I would truly love to read more from the author of the Townsend series as I could tell she put her heart and soul into the story and that is also what made the experience quite beautiful as I was reading.

– Richard Gorski- Transfigure Phoenix Wellness

The reader takeaway is that in our weakness and frailty, God still wants to use the gifts and talents He placed in each one of us for His purposes. The plot is interesting and creative as are the characters.  I genuinely love the way the author puts this amazing strength and gifting into a weak and frail young woman and gives such a great perspective on chronic illness. 

Brookstone Creative Group

Townsend is the first novel of the EverVigilant series and sets the fantastical but inspiring tone for what looks to become a wild paranormal ride. Townsend is a human woman just trying to survive through life, surrounded by some of the darkest parts of humanity. She works not only in sales, but at a car lot, where greed, lust, and a distinct lack of compassion run rampant. While her exterior world tries to choke her in this darkness, her interior world has pretty much destroyed what strength she has left. Townsend fights a daily battle with debilitating pain; and to make matters worse, this battle is practically invisible to everyone who just sees the fact that she is young and has yet to go through their outlook of pain. With even her own body pushing her to succumb to all this darkness, Townsend has started to lose her humanity bit by bit. Her world, however, starts to change when a Native American woman and her falcon appear at the car lot, setting in motion a series of paranormal events to push Townsend back into the light. The EverVigilant series is the first to feature a heroine dealing with a chronic illness and proudly showcases “the ‘spoonie’ fighting spirit.” Townsend is only human. She has doubts, she makes mistakes, and she’s selfish at times. Despite it being the theme of the novel, the main character isn’t the one doing the spreading of hope too often. And that is precisely what makes Townsend incredible. Townsend’s battle with pain, trust, and darkness paints a very realistic picture. Dixon doesn’t pull punches when detailing the nuances of living with a chronic illness or the heartbreak of working in a nursing home. Townsend is skeptical almost to a fault and her pain usually causes her to be involuntarily short with others and selfish. Her character isn’t permanently static, but also doesn’t dramatically change. You feel her process of beginning to trust, beginning to care again, in a very organic way. You battle with her as she gets winded far too easily or struggles with the physical strains of a taxing job. And when she finally, finally starts to see the reasons behind her weaknesses and what really makes them strengths, her empowerment floods through you as well. This novel is a fantastic testimony of life with chronic illness, and my hope is that it reaches those fighting every single day that yearn for this kind of representation in media. As someone who struggles with both mental illness and “invisible” physical illness, this novel was a beacon of positivity but also relatability. Dixon, through Townsend’s wild adventure back to the light, reminds you that your scars aren’t mars of your character: they represent all you’ve been through and all you’ve accomplished, and that you made it through alive.

– N.W Raven , Author of Reprogrammed
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