Sunday, June 28, 2015

Hearts Made Whole: A Review

I just finished reading the 2nd book in the Beacons of Hope series by Jody Hedlund.  I had not previously read the 1st in this series, but I wasn't at all lost.  This particular title, Hearts Made Whole, was a fantastic read.  It addresses the issue of the capability of women to do a job as well as a man (in certain areas--a lighthouse in this case), PTSD in combat soldiers before the disorder ever had a name.  Substance abuse, scandal, and a murder scheme all rolled into one, this was one fast-paced book that will keep readers on their toes. 

What I most enjoyed about this particular title was how very complicated it became, and how there was never an easy way out.  Each situation demanded hard work and commitment.  Abuse was also highlighted in this novel and reveals its devastating effects on all.  Besides a few cheesy romance moments (pure scandal during this time period), this is a very entertaining read with much value. 

Taken: A Review

Hang on, friends!  Taken, by Dee Henderson, is her newest action-packed, intelligently written
offering to the world of fiction crime novels.  This book does not disappoint!  It digs deep into the psychology of victims of abduction/assault, and the difficulties they face after freedom trying to acclimate to a society that has been, for the most part, absent from their lives.  The man or woman freed must learn to operate within this society while at the same time dealing with the hurt, fear, psychological torments endured at the hands of their captors.

You will meet two lovely main characters in this book that made me long for more, as well as a whole host of supporting characters with deep storylines all their own.  Private investigator, Matthew Dane, experienced the restoration of a lost child and is intentionally sought out by the one who found her freedom, Shannon Bliss.  Theirs is a story of healing, transformation, deep friendship, trust, and abiding companionship.

I anxiously await the next chapter . . .