A Daughter's Redemption
by Georgiana Daniels
Mass Market Paperback:
Publisher: Love Inspired
Released: December 18, 2012
List Price: $5.75
Book on Amazon
Source: Special thanks to Georgiana Daniels for sending me a review copy. This post is part of the FIRST Wild Card Tour.
Inheriting her estranged father's property isn't the reason Robyn Warner wanted to come back to Pine Hollow. She thought she'd make amends with her father—but his sudden death made that impossible. And when she learns the identity of the handyman fixing the run-down cabins, Robyn is ready to flee Pine Hollow again. Caleb Sloane, the cop responsible for her father's accident, just wants to uphold his promise and then return to the force. But he can't seem to walk away. After all, he understands about guilt and regret. And he'll do everything he can to help Robyn find healing, happiness and—just maybe—a lifetime of love.
A Daughter's Redemption is a Christian romance novel. To clarify the book description, Caleb did not directly kill Robyn's father. He was a cop trying to pull over a young man that had driven through a red light and was thought to be drunk. Instead of stopping, the young man sped off and hit Robyn's father. Since the department had a "no-pursuit" policy, some people in town also blamed Caleb for the accident.
The characters were engaging and reacted to events in realistic ways. I liked how Robyn tried to live out her Christian faith in her behavior, like forgiving wrongs done to her even though it wasn't always easy to do so. Her guilt over not fixing things with her dad when she still could was making her angry at those who took that chance away from her. Feelings of guilt in Robyn and Caleb and the anger that Robyn's half-siblings felt over her getting the resort created relationship tensions. Not to mention that Caleb might lose his job. I had a hard time putting the book down because I wasn't sure how all of these problems were going to play out.
My only confusion was why a relatively simple question--did Caleb violate department policy or not and was it justified if he did--was allowed to turn into a witch hunt where people known to hold a grudge against Caleb were a part of making this decision. Turning the question into a popularity contest did add tension to the story, but it decreased some of the sense of realism for me.
The Christian element was woven naturally into the story and was mainly Robyn's and Caleb's conviction that God must have a plan even though the circumstances seemed so out of their control. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable novel.
If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.
About the Author:
Georgiana Daniels resides in the beautiful mountains of Arizona with her super-generous husband and three talented daughters. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor's degree in public relations, and now has the privilege of homeschooling by day and wrestling with the keyboard by night. She enjoys sharing God's love through fiction, and is exceedingly thankful for her own happily ever after.
Visit the author's website.
Book Excerpt: Google Books Preview.