I love reading publishers descriptions and reviews of books. But I am getting a little disappointed. When I read some reviews, there is no need to purchase the book. They tell you the entire story. So this is my review. My mother loves this author because her books are good but in my case I think a little short and not a lot of real depth. This book totally took me by surprise in the best way. It was a great thriller. The story line was great with wonderful infornation about things that are really happening that so many of us close our eyes to. Even though it covered serious issues it was very enjoyable and entertaining to read. That is why I read. Every character was well developed and believable. The romance was not over the edge, just enough for me to enjoy. I say, buy it. I hope the rest if this series is as good because as soon as I see the next book, I am purchasing it.
Kate runs Beacon of Hope School for girls who have been prostitutes. Her mom is not happy about it and when things start to go wrong at the school her mom who controls the funding for the school pulls it. Kate as to deal with the disappearance of one of the girls the death of another and the attempted suicide of a 3rd. The disappearance of the one girl ends up getting the Texas Rangers involved and soon Wyatt finds himself becoming found of Kate. He is also dealing with being a single parent to his 14 year old daughter. Will Kate and Wyatt find the leaders of the prostitution ring and save the girl as well as find love together? Read this great suspense romance to find out.
What I liked: I really enjoyed this book. Even though the subject and story line was in-depth it was very well written. I really liked Kate and felt bad that her mom did not see what a great thing her daughter was doing. Wyatt came across as a man still dealing with his wife's murder and also struggling to raise his 14 year old daughter. The characters where very real and likeable. The storyline kept me interested and turning pages as fast as I could.
What I did not like: There was not much I did not like. The subject of prostitution was kind of deep but the book was so well written and it was very eye opening to what it could be like.
This is not a story for the faint-hearted. Kate Winslow runs a shelter, Beacon of Hope, for teenage runaways, all of whom are ex-prostitutes. She is particularly attached to Rose, but Rose is missing. Wyatt Sheridan is a Texas Ranger who works on a task force fighting child prostitution. He is also the father of fourteen-year-old Maddie. Wyatt and Kate are drawn together when a dead teenaged girl is found near an abandoned white van that is registered to Beacon of Hope, and they must work together to find Rose before more girls go missing - or are found murdered. Meanwhile, Kate's funding is cut and they must fight a powerful enemy who seems to know more than they could.
As the story progresses, we meet a mysterious man known as King, who is behind the prostitution ring, and who will no doubt attempt to abduct Maddie. The tension builds as we try to work out who King might be... It is also apparent early on that King is getting inside information about the investigation, but it is unclear who is the source, giving the reader another mystery to ponder. But is King the kingpin in the illegal operation? Or is someone else pulling the strings?
At one point I thought I had identified King, but then that didn't fit. I was gratified to find at the end that some of my theories were correct, even if others were not, and it had the added bonus of a growing romance between Kate and Wyatt. The characters, particularly Kate, pray and speak of attending church, but this is not obtrusive nor does it feel 'preachy', which satisfied my desire for some Christian content in Christian fiction.
Overall, this was a sound romantic suspense novel that touched on some difficult issues in modern society. I know that many readers of Christian fiction prefer to avoid potentially disturbing issues such as these even though the difficult issues were addressed with a high degree of sensitivity, and no graphic language or imagery. Saving Hope was an engaging read that I anticipate will be enjoyed by fans of the genre. I would certainly read more books from Margaret Daley.
Thanks to Abingdon Press and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
Kate Winslow is running a home for girls who used to work as prostitutes, called Beacon of Hope. She's giving the girls a place to live and heal. Wyatt Sheridan has been working on a team to expose a child prostitution ring. When Wyatt and Kate meet they discover that they have the same goal: to help the girls.
Rose is one of the girls that lives in Beacon of Hope. On a night she gets a phone call from Lilly - a girl who is still working as a prostitute. She needs help and Rose is taking Kate's van to go to try to free Lilly. But things don't go like she hoped and soon Rose is captured.
Wyatt comes to work on the case to find Rose. Kate and Wyatt often meet to talk things through. Wyatt didn't expect to start feeling something for Kate. His wife was murdered 9 years ago and he never thought about searching for a new love in his life. His mother lives with him to take care of his 14 year old daughter Maddie. Maddie is trying to find her own way in life and gets into trouble. Wyatt's mother is widowed and seeing a new boyfriend. Can the man be trusted?
Join Wyatt and Kate in their search for Rose. Will they find her again? And can they expose the prostitution ring?
Margaret Daley writes a story that is worth reading! She keeps the suspense high and the plot is well done.
*Thanks to Abingdon Press and NetGalley for providing me a free eBook for review.*
This wasn't the first novel I've read by Margaret, but it is the first I've read in several years. I'm so glad I read this book. I found myself riveted to the story line and the characters. The tension was perfectly executed, in my opinion, because I couldn't stand it until I got to the end. But more than that, the ride compelled me to think about motivations and schemes and who could be behind everything. The fact that evil was so close to a number of main characters had me practically biting my nails at times. The faith element was balanced and clearly present without being too heavy handed. The progression of their spiritual journeys seemed natural to the characters' lives.
I loved the romantic thread in the story and found it to be warm enough to be yummy for romance lovers without taking away from the tension of the suspense portion of the story. I loved the hero and how he finally opened his heart and had to face his fears. I even liked how the author made a few of the "bad guys" seem like regular people at times. She made them seem more human, while still being dark in their nefarious intentions. They still did wrong, but I loved that they weren't one-dimensional and flat.
The heroine's mission to save children pulled into sexual slavery by predators was admirable, as was the hero's desire to fight for the same cause. The author writing about some of the miserable situations the girls living at Beacon of Hope suffered prior to their rescue in the story made me realize how more people need to step up and help rescue these children. I commend Margaret for opening my eyes to this scourge on society and writing about it.