Publication Date: August 8, 2017
ARC from Ballantine Books and Netgalley.com
“I decided I could either live my life in fear or I could—simply put—live my life. I refused to look over my shoulder or stop before turning every corner to make sure I was safe. I chose instead to breathe easy, and to put my trust in God. It was either that, or I would soon be afraid of my own shadow.
Debbie Macomber’s latest novel is all about second chances and what we do with them. In this very detailed story of one woman’s opportunity after a lot of bad mistakes, Shay, a quiet young woman, leaves the Washington Correction Center for Women and begins her search for a place to stay. Shay’s life is turned around because of her encounter with Drew Douglas, a pastor who finds a program for women in her circumstance.
The story follows Shay’s path through the Hope Center program and after her release in to civilian life with all its ups and downs. Her opportunities and choices reflect the difficulties involved in making a life for oneself again. The book highlights the attitudes and prejudices ex-convicts are up against once they leave prison, as well as offering some important perspectives on redemption and forgiveness.
The story is a little bit difficult to believe if you try to accept it as a realistic incidence. However, if you take the book as a fictional story as intended, the story is enjoyable and has a nicely tied up ending.
I received this book free from Ballantine Books and Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The above thoughts and opinions I have expressed are wholly my own.
Publication Date: January 4, 2014
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
ARC Copy from Netgalley.com
How does a young adult just graduating from high school cope with tragedy and love, while trying to learn about forgiveness at the same time? This dilemma is the focal point of the story surrounding Allie and Damien. The novel opens with mysteries surrounding both of the main characters. The plot gradually unfolds as the reader finds that both young adults have something they are hiding and both need to reach some resolution in their lives in order to find forgiveness and move on with their lives.
I particularly liked the way Damien’s mystery creates suspense through the majority of the book. Without spoiling the story, Damien’s mystery is much more intense than Allie’s. The characters both develop throughout the book, with Allie becoming a more mature person who can face family and personal issues without the drama the reader sees in the beginning of the story. Since the story encompasses young adults and their families, the reader sees growth in relationships, as well as individuals. The author has done a nice job in dealing with the dynamics of complex families.
The book is a multifaceted story full of love, sadness, and families. The plot leaves the reader guessing until late in the story. The story stills contains plenty of romance and the tension that goes along with it without being graphic. As one can see from the publisher’s name above, the book is a great read for young adults while keeping to the premise of clean publishing. Erica Kiefer writes with great tension and fine character development. This book was provided by NetGalley and Clean Teen Publishing in exchange for an honest review.