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Monday, June 11, 2012

Saving Hope by Margaret Daley

When the people you love are threatened, it's personal.
When a teenager goes missing from the Beacon of Hope School, Texas Ranger Wyatt Sheridan and school director Kate Winslow are forced into a dangerous struggle against a human trafficking organization. Kate, his mother, and his daughter may be in danger because of his involvement.

Now it's personal, and Wyatt finds both his faith and investigative skills challenged as he fights to discover the mastermind behind the ring before evil destroys everyone he loves.

Saving Hope by Margaret Daley was an interesting and spell-binding novel that was eye opening to the reality of child prostitution in America. The plot was easy to follow yet kept details hidden in order to keep the reader tied to the book. The novel was filled with suspense, and there were times when I was not sure what was going to happen next. There was a good mix of romance, mystery, and sobering events that kept me interested and did not leave me bored.

The main characters were well developed, though the speed of the events in the story oftentimes caused their development in the story to be lacking. However, despite that, I did enjoy seeing Wyatt's return to trusting the Lord, and Kate's realizing that she did not have to depend on her parents' money to save her girls. The minor characters did not receive as much attention so there was less character development in them, but Wyatt's daughter and mother did learn from their mistakes throughout the story.

The themes of this novel were clear and sobering. It was sad to see that there is indeed a market in America for the trafficking of young girls into prostitution and other harmful situations. This novel did a great job relaying the seriousness of these issues and the importance of fighting back through better police involvement and creating safe homes like Bridge of Hope for the girls who are rescued or runaway. Saving Hope also clearly portrayed the importance of good parenting and treating one's children with respect and love and not just issuing seemingly unfair rules.

Overall, I really enjoyed this novel, and I would highly recommend it to someone looking for an interesting and exciting yet still thought provoking read.

I received this e-Book for free from NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

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