Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Ransomed Dreams

Start making your summer reading list now. An upcoming book needs to be on it!

Ransomed Dreams
by Sally John
Tyndale House Publishers
July 1, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4143-2785-3
Softcover/$13.99/384 pages

Sheridan Montgomery leads a charmed life as the wife of Eliot, U.S. ambassador to Venezuela. But an attack on their lives cripples Eliot, and they retreat to a remote Mexican village. As Sheridan quietly cares for her husband, she sees her dreams slipping away. Luke Traynor shatters their reverie when he arrives to tell Sheridan of her father’s heart attack and the evidence implicating him in a conspiracy. Sheridan returns to Chicago to untangle the web of her father’s past and is forced to confront her feelings for Luke, a trail of deceit, and the truth about her marriage.

When the going gets tough—or weird or wonderful—the daydreamer gets going on a new story. Sally John has been tweaking life's moments into fiction since she read her first Trixie Belden mystery as a child.

Now an author of more than fifteen novels, Sally writes stories that reflect contemporary life. Her passion is to create a family, turn their world inside out, and then portray how their relationships change with each other and with God. Her goal is to offer hope to readers in their own relational and faith journeys.

Sally grew up in Moline, Illinois, graduated from Illinois State University, married Tim in 1973, and taught in middle schools. She is a mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother. A three-time finalist for the Christy Award, she also teaches writing workshops. Her books include the Safe Harbor series (coauthored with Gary Smalley), The Other Way Home series, The Beach House series, and In a Heartbeat series. Many of her stories are set in her favorite places of San Diego, Chicago, and small-town Illinois.

She and her husband currently live in southern California. Visit her Web site at www.sally-john.com.

I really enjoyed this book. While the precipitating factor may vary, many will be able to identify with Sheridan and Eliot as they cope after life takes a sharp detour. Realistic struggles are portrayed in this novel and marriage vows are tested as Sheridan wrestles with her new reality and thinks, "I didn't sign up for this." With some additional family drama added in regarding her father's past, this book kept me eagerly turning pages to see how it all resolves.

You can preorder Ransomed Dreams from Amazon or ChristianBook.com.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ARC free from Tyndale House Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Beth said...

My reading list is getting longer. Thankfully both my girls are 1 test or paper away from being done with school.....Jenna with High School. More reading time for mom! :-)

Cathy said...

Sounds good Linda.