Carly Smith came by her trust issues honestly. A victim of sex trafficking, she’s been at the mercy of merciless men, ignored by law enforcement officers who should have helped her, and seemingly rejected by her family. She can’t even trust herself to do the right thing. Though she escaped her captors and is working hard on building a new life, the past continues to haunt her when she discovers that the man she couldn’t bring herself to report to police for fear of reliving her captivity is still out there, luring vulnerable girls under the guise of being a modeling agent.
When her own niece is kidnapped, Carly must overcome her fears and come forward with the information she has before it’s too late. When that proves to be not enough, she’ll have to go after the perpetrators herself
– from author’s website
Patricia Bradley continues the human trafficking theme with this book. This time, giving it a bit of a different perspective by having one of the main characters be someone who survived human trafficking and how it has impacted her. The story drew me in from the beginning because of the depth of this perspective. I would have liked to have focused more on Carly and Logan’s story instead of sharing it with David and Maggie from the previous book in the series but I still enjoyed the book and it was kind of nice to see the continuation of David and Maggie’s story.
BREAKTHROUGH is based on the inspirational true story of one mother’s unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds. When Joyce Smith’s adopted son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost. But as John lies lifeless, Joyce refuses to give up. Her steadfast belief inspires those around her to continue to pray for John’s recovery, even in the face of every case history and scientific prediction. From producer DeVon Franklin (Miracles from Heaven) and director Roxann Dawson, adapted for the screen by Grant Nieporte (Seven Pounds) from Joyce Smith’s own book, BREAKTHROUGH is an enthralling reminder that faith and love can create a mountain of hope, and sometimes even a miracle.
– from movie’s website
I had the privilege of attending an advanced screening of the movie Breakthrough. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and I thought they did a good job of including the faith element but not making it preachy or over spiritual. I liked that in the movie they raised the question of why does God save some people and not others, acknowledging that this question exists, yet didn’t try to give a pat answer. They didn’t really try to answer it which I preferred instead of them leaving the viewers with the impression that God always answers prayers with miracles. The story is an emotional one but also an inspiring one. It includes some big names and was very well done. It comes out Easter weekend and I recommend you see it.
Life is full of twists and turns, and often the road into the future doesn’t lead us to where we thought it would. Relationships falter, careers fizzle, health fades. We may be faced with choices we never wanted to make or feel situations pushed upon us we’d never expected. Yet, in all of it, God is at our side—even when he feels far away.
Drawing on her extensive research into women of the Old Testament, novelist Jill Eileen Smith turns her pen to the lessons in trusting God that we can learn today from women like
· Noah’s wife
· Lot’s wife
· and more
Readers will find comfort in knowing that their concerns and problems are not unique to them. They’ll learn from what these ancient women did right—and even what they did wrong—when faced with dashed expectations and deferred dreams. And they’ll come away with that confidence that ours is a faithful God who loves us and is forming us through our trials into the women he longs for us to be.
– from author’s website
I liked how in this book, Jill Eileen Smith, who generally writes Biblical fiction incorporates that into this book. At the beginning of every chapter, Smith includes a story from the perspective of the biblical woman the chapter is about and how she may have responded to the situation she found herself in. Smith then goes on to talk about what we can learn from each woman as they each found themselves in a situation where their life didn’t turn out how they probably thought it would. I found Smith’s imaginings of what may have been going through the woman’s mind to be thought-provoking and brought a different light to the woman in the Bible and that they weren’t perfect either.
Frontierwoman Penny Scott and a Pinkerton Agent from Philadelphia John McCall are kidnapped and taken on a twisting turning ride, deep into the wilderness. He’s unconscious. She’s blindfolded and under a tarp. They manage to escape but running for their lives takes them over a cliff, down a river and finally into a violent rainstorm.
They are so lost.
When Penny manages to drag them both out of the wilderness a week later, they find the whole state of Nevada searching for Penny and her kidnapper…John.
Now a fire-and-brimstone breathing sheriff–goaded by his fervently scandalized wife (a man and a woman, alone together, for DAYS!!! And not even ashamed??? And right in front of the woman’s seven children???) Either John’s a kidnapper and needs to be hanged on the spot…or there needs to be a wedding.
A week spent with the city boy about drove Penny mad. Now she’s supposed to spend a LIFETIME WITH HIM??? After enough hesitation to seriously annoy John, Penny agrees to the wedding.
John’s not sure where that law about a hanging or a wedding is in the Nevada state constitution or the Bible. But right now the sheriff’s got a gun and a noose and John’s got to marry a woman in leather britches,
They were taken by a shadowy figure looking for evidence they don’t have and he’s still coming. Only by the time John and Penny are done, he’s going to wish he’d’ve never started this whole thing.
They must bring a powerful, ruthless man to justice, even as this city man and country woman fight a very inconvenient attraction to each other.
– from author’s website
I never finished this book. I haven’t read the book previous to this one in the series and I found the book very hard to follow. It continuously referred to what happened in the last book even though the main POV characters are different from the book previous. The tension between the two main characters in this book came from the preceding book. Almost immediately, I felt like I was stepping into a story in the middle and had no idea what was going on so after a couple of chapters I couldn’t continue as I was lost in the storyline and was missing a lot of the backstory of why the female character disliked the male character. So if you haven’t read any other book in this series, don’t pick it up as you’ll be lost to what is going on.
Her mother lied about her identity and her husband wasn’t who she thought he was—can Bailey even trust herself anymore?
Running for her life in the wake of her mother’s murder, Bailey Fleming escapes to the only place she can think of—a remote, dilapidated cabin in Lavender Tides. Intending to finally get to the truth behind the lies of her past, Bailey only finds more questions when bodies are discovered near her cabin hideout along with traces of a dangerous human trafficking ring. In an unlikely partnership with FBI agent Lance Phoenix, Bailey races to understand the mystery surrounding her life and circumstances before the murderer tracks her down.
Meanwhile, Lance is determined to rescue his sister, Ava, who was abducted after running away from home as a teenager. An unexpected lead brings him to the remote cabin, and he wonders if Bailey—with her suspicious past and strange connections to his sister’s case—is really who she claims to be and if she can somehow lead him to Ava.
– from author’s website
This wasn’t my favorite Colleen Coble book. In the beginning, I found it a little hard to get into the story because of how many different POV characters there were. It felt like following several different storylines although they all connected in the end. I liked how it gives a nod to Rock Harbor where Coble has set a previous series before with one of the main characters living there at the start of the book. I found the plot was complex which I mostly enjoyed but I thought the plot wrapped up almost too nicely. I was left with several questions of how the ending would have worked if it were to actually happen.