I am delighted to review two books from fellow bloggers on my blog today. There are so many wonderful writers out there who have published books. I follow a few of them; I think I should make a resolution to read at least one book they have written in this new year. We'll see.
I read both of these books over the Christmas break.
The first one, 30 Seconds, was written by Chrys Fey.
This had an interesting plot. Dr. Dani Hart is unfortunately at the wrong place at the wrong time. She is mistaken by the mob by a police man who infiltrated the mob trying to solve a crime. His name with the mob was like hers and the mob was out looking to do away with the person by her name. The policeman, Blake Herro, is determined to keep her safe at all costs. At first she is reluctant to be under his watch and doesn't realize the danger she is in, but through a series of events comes to understand that indeed she is at risk and she needs to trust Blake. As he is protecting her, they do manage to have feelings for each other and fall in love. In the end, it all works out that the mob has been taken care of and Dani and Blake get together and stay together with a cute little twist at the end of the book.
I liked the book. Chrys has a great blog where at times she will feature how to write about a season or an event, etc. She is very descriptive in her writing of the book, as she is on her blog and I imagined myself right there with Dani and Blake and the trouble they were in. It was a believable plot and an easy read to get into the book and wanting to read more of it. Definitely worth checking out. Also check out Chrys' blog; always fascinating with what she writes and she also puts out a free monthly newsletter.
The second book I read was called Captives by Megan Whitson Lee.
This was a very sad book but it dealt with a very real problem that is still rampant across not just country but the world involving sex trafficking. Right at the beginning of the book you know that a victim of it, Amy, is found dead, having disappeared a few years back from a roadside stop her parents had stopped at on a long drive. The book doesn't focus on too much events of what actually happened to Amy, but focuses on the impact her disappearance has on her sister, Blaise, and also the effects of pornography on a young man who later on we find out he is related to someone who had something to do with the demise of Amy. Also featured in the story line was a young woman, Asha, who had escaped sex trafficking and was now helping others and making people aware of the problem. She still carries the scars though of her times in captivity. A lot of healing takes place in the three main characters over the course of the book mainly through their increasing or coming to faith in God. It is ultimately a story of redemption for the three and has a very nice pleasant ending, though there is always the sadness of families destroyed because of the terrible effects of pornography and being torn apart by being a captive in sex trafficking.
Megan, who also has a blog and is a high school English teacher, has a heart for those affective by sex trafficking as well as to educate others about it. You could see that compassion and passion she has for it in the words written. I felt I knew the characters really well and could see the struggles they were dealing with and how hard it was too to change thoughts and behaviors. It was a sad book but a relevant topic. I really wanted to have gotten to know Amy and to see how she ended up where she ended up and would have wanted to see how to have helped her not get there. It was a well written book. Definitely would recommend it too.
(Have a good weekend; its cold here; we got some snow, still snowing off and on and more expected over the next few days; and its COLD; bring on Phoenix!!!)