Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Review: Ransomed Dreams by Sally John

Ransomed Dreams by Sally John

Book Description:
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.
About the Author:

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 http://www.sally-john.com/.

Here's What I Think:
The main premise of this book is the concept that your life can change in a blink of an eye. The series is aptly named The Side Roads Series, as this book takes you on a journey down the side roads of life that often go unnoticed till some great event forces you off the main road. Sheridan is tooting along in a "charmed" existence only to have the rug pulled out from under her. Within the first chapter, Sally John was able to pull me into this whirlwind of action and suspense. I will say that there are lots of side stories, as is true in life. Sheridan is pulled in so many directions, trying to find some resemblance of her former existence, all the while trying to hold on to her faith. There are some slow point in the book, but all in all it was a good story with well developed plot lines and characters.

Disclaimer: Although I did receive a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing, I was in no other way compensated to write this review.

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