14 March 2012

Review: Saving Hope by Margaret Daley

Saving Hope is not a story for the faint-hearted. Kate Winslow runs Beacon of Hope, a shelter 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.  Wyatt and Kate 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, Saving Hopewas 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.

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