As the novel opens, Samara has hit rock bottom. She had at one time been pursuing a nursing career, but her poor choices have brought her to the degrading place of stripping for a living. God graciously provides her with an opportunity to leave that life behind.
A short time later Samara receives a phone call from her brother telling of their father's accident. He needs a 24 hour nurse and Samara volunteers to go back home and care for him. But if she does that, she will have to face the man she loved so much and hurt so deeply.
This is the second novel in a series but this one can easily stand on its own. I would think the issues and people Samara has to face when she goes back home are all from the first book.
Dee has given us a very realistic novel describing how far one can fall. She does not white wash the evil and degrading nature of the life into which Samara has fallen. There is also a very redeeming aspect to the story as Nick helps her find new life in Christ.
One theme in this novel is God redeeming the past. Samara found that God used her past, in fact, to right a wrong and deal with evil. Another theme is restoration. God brings back to Samara the love she once had for Jed – this time as a Christian. It is not smooth sailing, however. Both Samara and Jed have issues that they must deal with before they can find happiness.
One aspect I felt was lacking was a sense of place. The novel takes place in Australia. I was hoping for more description of the surroundings. I felt the novel could have taken place in almost any coastal setting. That was a disappointment. There is enough action and character development that the novel kept me reading, however, all the way to the somewhat suspenseful end.
Rose Dee was born in North Queensland, Australia. This is her second novel. She currently lives in North Queensland with her husband and son.
Even Before Publishing, 238 pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through the Book Club Network for the purpose of an independent and honest review.