Book Review: Love & Redemption by Suzanne D. Williams
by Joanne Troppello
Love & Redemption is Book 1 in the Florida Irish Series by Suzanne D. Williams. The premise was very unique, and I was drawn into the story right away. I read two chapters at a time when I review books and I didn't want to stop reading this book.
The two main characters were interesting and I wanted to read more of their journey together. The author painted a very descriptive picture of all the characters, even the bad guys.
There were no POV shifts which was so nice. It was easy to understand which character was front and center in each section. Ann and Michael had great chemistry and physical tension, but it was a sweet romance and nothing more than PG-rated.
One of my favorite passages in the book was: "Best way to fight the sorrow is hearing God's Word. The more of Him you have in your heart, the less of everything else there'll be". That truly resonated with me. It's so true. As God's Word says, "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing the Word of God."
This was a beautiful story of love, redemption, forgiveness, and God's unending grace. I highly recommend you add it to your reading list.
About the Book
She'd said the vows - to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, 'til death do them part. She'd said them, though, with a gun at her back and a stranger's hand in hers. By admitting she loved him, the words took on meaning and held requirements. It meant she'd stay by his side always and maybe never see her family again.
Michael O’Fallen simply wants to survive. A poor Irish boy living in post-Civil War New York, the events of one horrible night send him running far south to unsettled Florida and an uncertain future. Promise-bound to a group of outlaws in an effort to escape his crime, their hidden plans for him loom sinister on the horizon. What is it he’s been brought here to do?
The oldest of her siblings, Anne Sawyer is the one her poor mama depends on. Her papa is harsh and abusive. He drinks too much and gambles away what little they have. Rumors that he’s lost their house come full circle the night the new owner comes to collect. Except, it seems what her papa gambled this time wasn’t the house at all, but her.
Carried into the darkness in a stranger’s grasp, she and he are forced to marry with a gun to their backs. But the many dangers they face in their tenuous marriage soon take second place to the darkness in his past. Darkness that might destroy them unless they look to heaven for love and redemption.
About the Author
Best-selling author, Suzanne D. Williams, is a native Floridian, wife, mother, and photographer. She is the author of both nonfiction and fiction books. She writes devotionals and instructional articles for various blogs. She also does graphic design for self-publishing authors. She is co-founder of THE EDGE.
About the Reviewer
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, SEO and social media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs. Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter. Read more about Mustard Seed Sentinel here.