Saturday, April 14, 2012

Silent Pledge by Hannah Alexander

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Silent Pledge
by Hannah Alexander

ISBN-13: 9780764224447
Trade Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Released: January 28, 2001

Source: Bought through

Book Description, modified from Back Cover:
While Knolls Community Hospital is under reconstruction after a fire, Dr. Lukas Bower takes a temporary position in another small town. He soon regrets his decision as he's surrounded by unethical co-workers and a flood of patients--including a drunk motorcycle gang. A patient's baby is kidnapped from her apartment when she's rushed to the hospital and the baby is accidentally overlooked by the ambulance crew. The motorcycle gang is suspected, but Lukas has reasons to believe they're innocent.

Dr. Mercy Richmond wrestles with how to live out her new faith and how to balance the needs of her patients with the needs of her daughter. One of her patients struggles to lose weight while another struggles to put on weight. Another patient's abusive husband is trying to hunt down his run-away wife, and he blames Mercy for his wife leaving him. All of her patients seek a hope that will last through all circumstances.

Mercy longs for Lukas to return, but her ex-husband is trying to win her back...but Mercy and her daughter are still working on just forgiving him.

My Review:
Silent Pledge is Christian general fiction with a lot of suspense. This novel is the third and last in a series, but you can understand this book without having to read the others. This novel did spoil some events in the previous novels, though, and the previous novels are excellent, so I'd recommend starting with Sacred Trust and Solemn Oath.

The characters were interesting, complex, and acted realistically. The various characters dealt with real issues (like spouse abuse, the after-effects of rape, and more). The medical scenes were plentiful. While the technical terms were rarely explained, I could still follow what was going on and the medical details didn't slow the fast pace.

The main characters were Christians. The Christian characters' faith affected their decisions and everyday life, and the Christian elements felt like a natural part of the story. I also felt Christianity was portrayed in a realistic manner, from the struggles the Christians had to the reactions of the non-Christians. If you like faith as a major part of the novels you read, then you'll probably enjoy this novel.

There was no sex. There was a very minor amount of "he cursed" style of bad language. Overall, I'd highly recommend this suspenseful, realistic 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.

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