About the Book
Author: Cheri Swalwell
Genre: Christian Woman’s Contemporary Fiction
Release date: October 5, 2021
Sometimes silence speaks louder than words.
Wynn and her best friend Addie have been inseparable since kindergarten. Growing up together in the same community, they shared activities, friends, and even the same job. But behind closed doors, their lives couldn’t be more different.
Zane has loved Wynn for four years. Yet Wynn is adamant she doesn’t need a boyfriend. After all, she will never get married. Ever. In an effort to uncover the why behind her ‘no,’ Zane discovers more than he expected.
When Wynn unlatches the door and allows Holly in as a mentor, will she learn trust is just like riding a bike and find the healing she so desperately needs?
Road to Freedom, Book 4 in The Redemption of Green Pines series continues to disclose the messiness of real life. Join Wynn and her friends as they discover how an encounter with God can bring freedom from fear, healing from pain, and the joy of belonging when we choose to let others into our lives, even, or especially, the messy parts.
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This novel is a very graphic picture of growing up in a legalistic church and family situation. It is the kind of situation where appearance is all that matters, where a person can appear so spiritual on the outside but be disgusting on the inside. It is a church where the rules are clearly spelled out and everyone knows their place, especially women.
The plot centers around finding a true and freeing relationship with Jesus. The struggles in leaving the toxic atmosphere of legalism are graphically displayed. How hard it is to accept unconditional love and to know real forgiveness and to believe in a loving heavenly Father.
Swalwell crafted some characters in the extreme so they almost become caricatures. Wynn's father is so disgusting, inside and out, it was almost too much. And in describing the church Wynn grew up in , the atmosphere was somber and it seemed like everyone was scowling. Some of Wynn's reactions to Zane seemed a bit overly dramatic too.
This is a good novel exploring the struggles of coming out of a toxic religious atmosphere and finding a real relationship with the Savior.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author
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The Redemption of Green Pines is a series about community. We first meet Wynn and her friends in Journey Back Home when they attended youth group. While Pastor Jace and Holly remain a constant presence throughout all six books, Road to Freedom takes us deeper into the lives of four friends – Wynn, Addie, Zane and Owen, who graduated from youth group and began working for Holly’s catering business. They also babysit the Cooper kids from time to time and have become part of the family.
Since the beginning when we were introduced to Wynn, she carried around a secret she wouldn’t share with anyone, not even her best friend. Road to Freedom is Wynn’s journey of truly discovering who she is as a Daughter of the King, and learning how good it feels to live in freedom instead of burdened by other’s choices.
I hope you enjoy getting to know Wynn and her friends as much as I have!
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I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)