Saturday, November 24, 2012

Saving Hope



Title:  Saving Hope:  Men of the Texas Rangers Book #1
Author:  Margret Daley                                                                                                                  
Pages:  336
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Abingdon Press
                What was the title or name of the author of the last book you read that you just either couldn’t put down or didn’t want it to end?  If it has been a while since you have read a great novel, may I suggest this one?  Margret Daley does an excellent job of mixing a couple of genes as well as including unique characters with everything set in the state of Texas!  While this is a work of fiction, it isn’t hard to imagine it happening in real life.  From the heat and high humidity of Texas, to the complex case Ranger Sheridan is working on are but a flavor of what happens between the pages.
                Kate is a Texan from a very wealthy family with a down-to-earth heart who seeks to obey the call the Lord places on her heart.  A home is set up for girls who for various reasons have become prostitutes, but want to leave that way of life.  Kate has a trust fund that she has been using to fund this shelter.  She lives on the third floor of the home when not working with girls.  Her mother and father are rich and famous, but due to the recent publicity surrounding Kate’s work decide to pull the funding.  Now Kate has to locate new funding, find a missing girl, and deal with at least two other girls’ murders.
                Ranger Sheridan is a widower who is raising his 14-year-old daughter with his mother’s help since his wife has been murdered.  Mandy loves to compete in various rodeo competitions until recently when she starts folding under peer pressure to fit in.  To complicate matters, Sheridan’s mom has been supporting his daughter’s disobedience, and her life has never been anything other than a mess.
                King owns a ranch, but that is just a front for what really brings in the money, allowing him to maintain the lifestyle he wants.  After his wife died, her niece worked for him until a few months back when she left to go to the shelter.  Now, King believes he has the upper hand and a way to draw Rose back to him and the job he expects her to do.  Does King have anything to do with the two murders?  King is not the name he is known by in his upper class social circles, that is for the “other” business.  Does King have everything wrapped so tight that Sheridan will never uncover his true identity?
                To compound all this, there are twisted family ties, someone pulling King’s strings, and the murder of a spouse after only five years of marriage.  In the novel, readers will experience a spellbinding mystery, as well as suspense to the max!  The characters are intriguing and believable.  The compassion reflected in the heart of Kate is true to the hearts of some people too.  The hardness of her mother is also seen as I am sure readers can identify with in some people.  No one can turn on the TV today and not see examples of both compassion and hard hearts refusing to love others.  Faith is a component of this story, forged through various trials.
                The sequel to this novel, Shattered Silence, has already been released and will be reviewed as well.  Whether I would have reviewed it or not, I would have bought the book to read without a doubt.  To have mystery, suspense, police action, and fighting for those in bondage makes a novel such as this irresistible to read and share.  Make time to read as well as enjoy The Men of the Texas Rangers Series.
                My rating is 5+ stars!
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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