Ransomed Dreams, Defenders of Hope Series #1   -     By: Amy Wallace
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Multnomah Books / 2007 / Paperback

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Gracie Ann Lane is being watched by a man who will stop at nothing to hide the truth from her. Having lost the only man she ever loved and the children who were her world, the truth is all Gracie wants, an explanation for what really happened. She longs to move forward but is bound by chains of fear. Then she meets Steven Kessler, an FBI agent assigned to uncover an international plot to kidnap the British Ambassador s daughter. Steven awakens more than memories; he revives the possibility of a life Gracie desires. A life where healing and peace crowd out the nightmares. But his case and her past are dangerously connected. Suddenly, Gracie must decide if she's able, let alone willing to pay the required ransom to redeem dreams and restore hope.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 159052747X
ISBN-13: 9781590527474
Series: Defenders of Hope

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Publisher's Description

Chained To Yesterday

When tragedy struck and Gracie Lang lost everything, her faith crumbled, and nothing but the drive for justice propelled her forward. But after two years of dead-end searching, the truth Gracie seeks is the very thing her stalker will stop at nothing to hide.

Forgiveness Unlocks the Future

An FBI agent in the Crimes Against Children Unit, Steven Kessler spends his days rescuing other people’s children and nights caring for his son. He’s through with God, embittered by his ex-wife who abandoned them both, and definitely doesn’t expect what’s coming next.

The Past Is the Key

A plot to kidnap a British ambassador’s daughter dangerously intersects Steven and Gracie’s worlds–a collision that demands a decision. But are they willing to pay the high ransom required to redeem dreams and reignite hope?

Author Bio

Amy Wallace is the author of Ransomed Dreams and Healing Promises, a homeschool mom, and self-confessed chocoholic. She is a graduate of the Gwinnett County Citizens Police Academy and a contributing author of several books including God Answers Moms’ Prayers and Chicken Soup for the Soul Healthy Living Series: Diabetes. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia.

Editorial Reviews

“Steeped in police intrigue and rich characters, Ransomed Dreams entertains, educates, and captivates. Amy Wallace is a fresh, vibrant voice in the Christian market.”
- Mark Mynheir, homicide detective and author of The Void.

Ransomed Dreams had me hooked from the start and didn’t let go until the deeply satisfying ending.”
- Kristin Billerbeck, author of What a Girl Wants

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  1. Friendsville, Pa
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 4, 2010
    Stephanie Kingdon
    Friendsville, Pa
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Ransomed Dreams is my first ever Amy Wallace book. You first meet Gracie and learn about the tragic events of her family's death and how she's looking for justice for them. Then there's Steven whom you meet and learn that he works for the FBI and helps to find missing and exploited children. He struggles with his faith because he was burned by his ex. He doesn't want to get burned again and you can see the struggles that he's up against. He looks to his best friend Clint and his dad for help and understanding of what he's feeling and why a case isn't working out the way he wants it too. He meets Gracie and helps her find justice for her family and losses his heart to her in the process. You see how his faith stumbles and by the end you see that he finds his way back to God and finds a special lady to spend his life with. I love happy ending books and how everything always works out for people.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 4, 2008
    I give this book, and author 5 stars. This is an excellent book & series. Great plot, characters, lots of drama and excitement. She is right up there with Dee Henderson and Kathy Herman.
  3. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    July 6, 2008
    I have to start this review with my disclaimer as I do for many.. I just do not really like the "real" contemporary fiction books, they are not my "escape". With that said, when I started this book it was just so real and heart wrenching that I was going to put it back and not even try to read it. But, I couldn't. No matter how bad I was feeling and the facts of the storyline depressing, I just had to know what happened. I couldn't put it down and had to find out what would happen to Gracie and her life. So, obviously, Amy's writing hooked me. I'd say that the type of story is much like that Justice series of Karen Ball. They are similar in that they touch many aspects of life and a very true to reality. I did enjoy the overall story, with getting to the end. The message of Christ's love and forgiveness throughout is very refreshing and great to see in a "real" environment, since so often in life it appears to be only quietly present.Now for my rant. Parts that I did not like were that it seemed nobody was in their original marriage. In this story there was a widower remarried, a wife who abandoned her husband and remarried her adulterous partner, a woman living out of wed-lock with her children's father, and then hints at other remarriages. Just one couple it seemed to be married to their original spouse. Overall, the message is great, and I do think this book would appeal to the reader who enjoys the edgy storyline. There are cops and criminals, death and life, some romance and Christ's love and a great message. This is a book that would probably appeal also to those outside of the normal "Christian Fiction" genre, because it is not the flowery and overly preachy sort, but it is still present.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 16, 2008
    Sandra Cavellini
    The story line was interestingly okay. What I really liked was the development of each of the main characters from pain to forgiveness and how that journey brought them closer to God.
  5. Wasola, Mo
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 4, 2008
    Jane Squires
    Wasola, Mo
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Gracie Lang is following her husband to her parents house when she sees a truck come out of nowhere and hit the van and kill her husband and two children. She is obsessed with tracking the killer down and finds she cannot find peace until she does. But this leads to her being shot, kidnapped and finally in the end forgiving the killer. What is odd is that she does not know she is worker along the killer at the school.Steven Kessler, an FBI Agent, is reeling with his wife leaving him when their son is born and trying to raise a son while working as a single Dad. His wife later returns and Steven finds it hard to forever her. It is interesting the way Amy takes all her characters and their lives come together to affect each other. Sometimes we do not realize how one single event will affect others lives.This is a story about questions we ask God, finding hope again, and learning to forgive. I was going through some rough waters and this book offered me renewed hope.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Amy Wallace
Located in: Atlanta, GA
Submitted: August 23, 2006

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I'm married to an awesome, incredibly good- looking, and God-honoring man. I’m also privileged to be a homeschool mom of three amazing daughters, a writer, youth Bible study leader, and avid chocoholic. Those are some of the hats I love to wear, but who I really am is a daughter of the King learning to live and love with laughter.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  Out of the national tragedy of September 11, 2001 came a literal dream that wouldn’t let go. It included FBI characters and a deep desire to give tribute to the agents who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to see our country both protected and healed. This story also required me to walk through my greatest fear, that of losing my precious children. These two different plot lines converged to create my first novel, Ransomed Dreams.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  My prayer for readers of Ransomed Dreams is that they will see the healing power of forgiveness played out in the pages of the book in a way that they can transfer to their own walk with the Lord.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Dee Henderson was my first favorite author and remains at the very top of my list. Other sources of inspiration are the incredible people that make up the American Christian Fiction Writers. After my awesome Heavenly Daddy, I give the ACFW folks credit for teaching this newbie the ins and outs of fiction writing as well as how to write from the heart.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I love to hear from my readers and invite them to come hang out and grow together with me as part of the Heart Chocolate community on my website: www.amywallace.com.

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