Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Saving Hope

Author: Margaret Daley
Publisher: Abingdon Press
March 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4267-1428-3
Genre: Romantic suspense

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. But the battle brings dire consequences as Wyatt's daughter is terrorized and Kate is kidnapped.    

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 is the first book in Ms. Daley’s The Men of the Texas Rangers series. I am reading these out of order, as I read book 3 first, and now book 1, but they are all stand alone. I enjoyed getting to know Kate and Wyatt, but the subject matter was tough to handle. It’s hard to imagine little girls as young as eleven being forced into prostitution. It’s just so horribly wrong.

I did figure out where the story was going to end up pretty early on, and sometimes the extreme stupidity of the characters got on my nerves. Such as Rose. If she was so street-savvy, why did she go alone to rescue Lily? She even knew she was walking into a trap—yet she did it?  And another street-savvy girl willingly got into a car with a man she was blackmailing. That’s just two examples of many. I wanted to yell at them to “think!” Even us na├»ve rural people have more common sense.

Still, the book is very well written, engaging, and full of tension. It is hard to read, due to the subject matter, but not because of the writing. I recommend it to romantic suspense fans, and will read more of this series. Don’t miss SAVING HOPE. The final three books are Shattered Silence, Scorned Justice and Severed Trust. $14.99. 336 pages. 4 stars. 

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