've never read anything by Margaret Daley, but Saving Hope caught my eye because it's about human trafficking. I'm so glad I tried it. Fantastic romantic suspense! Oh, and it's about Texas Rangers! Great writing about an important subject. I'm officially hooked!
I began reading this book thinking--probably because it'd been a while since I read the book description--that this would be a historical. Surprisingly, it's a contemporary romantic suspense. And a very good one at that. This novel kept me hooked to the very end. The plot has plenty of twists and turns that just beg you to continue flipping pages and occasionally hold your breath. :) Beacon of Hope School director Kate Winslow and Texas Ranger Wyatt Sheridan are wonderful characters that you can't help but root for as they try to find a missing student who formerly escaped from a human trafficking organization.
I give this book two thumbs way up and five stars to boot. :)
Saving Hope is the first book in Margaret Daley's The Men of the Texas Rangers series. In this book Margaret delves into the horrors of human trafficking and child prostitution.
Kate Winslow is the Director of Beacon of Hope, a home for young girls who have been forced to sell their bodies. These girls usually have nowhere to go or no one that cares about them. After witnessing a childhood friend that was sold into prostitution and wanting to help her but couldn't, Kate decided to spend the rest of her life helping young girls in similar situations.
Wyatt Sheridan, Texas Ranger, member of the Child Rescue Task Force, has seen horrors that no person should go through, much less children that are as young as thirteen. Wyatt is the single father of a beautiful fourteen year old daughter, Maddie, whom he is trying to keep close and safe since his wife was murdered when Maddie was a small child.
When one of the girls comes up missing along with one of the home's vans, Kate doesn't want to report it stolen because she knows that Rose must have had a good reason for taking it. Rose was doing so good, she was happy and content at Beacon of Hope, and she had no reason to want to go back to her old life. Will Kate be able to find Rose and help her before it's too late?
When Wyatt Sheridan is called out to the scene of the murder of a young girl, he is determined to catch the animal that killed this little girl, who is about the same age as Maddie. Since a van from Beacon of Hope is found at the spot where the young girl was left, he starts his investigation there. Wyatt is very impressed with Kate Winslow, and he can see that her concern for these girls is real. There is something about her that makes him want to help her. In the years since his wife was killed he has never even thought about another woman. What is it about Kate that tugs at his heart? Will Wyatt be able to keep Kate and Maddie safe from the people that want to stop him at any cost?
Margaret did a wonderful job with this story, this is a very disturbing subject, children being used for horrible things, and it's very heartbreaking to think about.
This was definitely a story that held you spellbound until the end because you wanted to see the criminals brought to justice. There are some twists that will surprise you. I can't wait to read Shattered Silence, the second book in this new series.
Thanks to Abingdon Press for giving me a copy of this via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.