Redemption by Samantha Charles
on December 12, 2013
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Lindy Carver Harrington loses her unborn child during a violent altercation with her husband. On the same day, her closest friend Sara careens off a mountainside to her death. Lindy is devastated. Imprisoned by grief, and paralyzed by fear, she is easy prey to her husband's abuse. She is unable to summon the strength to fight back, until now... A brutal confrontation forces Lindy to choose to either end her husband's life, or save her own. Escaping, she returns home to Parson's Gap to rebuild her shattered life. Still haunted by the cryptic message Sara left moments before she died, Lindy becomes determined to answer the voice from the grave and unravel the mystery surrounding Sara's death. On a perilous journey into the final days of her friend's life, Lindy's quest for truth will expose shocking secrets that will shake a small southern town to its roots. Confronting the demons of her past, she strips away layers of lies buried beneath the magnificent mountains she calls home. When the past and present collide, the truth may set Lindy free, if she can only live long enough to take her last shot at redemption.
Wait…WHAT? NO WAY! Did that really just happen?
That’s what I thought when I finished Redemption by Samantha Charles.
This story was nothing that I thought it would be yet somehow lived up to all my expectations. How great is that? I don’t know if I can even explain it. I was intrigued by the synopsis and I was in the mood for something gritty. What I didn’t expect was to be taken to take on a ride to a small (backwoods) southern Virginia town called Parson’s Gap where nothing is as it seems.
Coming to Parson’s Gap is like traveling back in time. It’s an old coal mining town deep in the mountains of southwest Virginia. It’s rich in history, a lot of it not so great. The people are mostly poor, devoutly religious, and hiding all sorts of secrets. So when Lindy comes home, fleeing from her abusive husband, she has no idea the storm she manages to start.
The story is classified a mystery. I also thought it could be called a romantic suspense. The romance although light, is an integral part of the story and not in the sense we’re used to. When Lindy escapes her husband, she had no idea she’s be running into her old Flame Kit. The history between these two is horrible and nasty. Even though they’re both considerably older, neither has forgotten let alone forgiven. I almost felt bad for them when they shared the same breathing space.
Lindy, upon her return, quickly finds herself immersed in the secrets and scandals happening in and around Parson’s Gap. Interestingly enough I thought I had everything all figured out and in true brilliant fashion the author proved me wrong. So very wrong. I never saw some of those twists and turns coming. I wish I could share with you all of my NO WAY moments.
There are so many characters in Redemption and I was quite impressed with the level of development for each and every one. I could clearly picture them and even hear them as I was reading. It was like watching a movie where every character plays an important role and you quickly discover your favorites. I looked forward to certain interactions knowing the intensity would drip off my kindle. This is a long story. It has to be. There’s so much to explain so much to describe and it takes a while to get really dirty and gritty. It’s then that you’ll realize you’ve been sitting there for hours and you won’t want to put it down.
I have very few criticisms but they are worth mentioning. There were times when I had a hard time following who was talking. It’s not so outrageous that you can’t figure it out, it was just every now and then I had to go back a few sentences to gain my footing. My only other issue would be with Lindy and I’m not even sure that it’s anyone’s issue but my own. I’m super tough on female leads. I expect so much from them and when they don’t measure up I end up disappointed. I think with Lindy it was her reckless out of control behavior and maybe her rigidness. I rarely felt any warmth from her, even when she was trying to hide behind her hands. I just couldn’t feel that girl and I wanted to. Now after you read the book you’re probably going to argue that she is the product of her environment and probably has a lot more of her father in her than she would ever care to admit. You may even be right.
I’m hoping that in book two I can see her redeem herself in my eyes. 🙂 I want to like Lindy. Oh and yes I’m pretty sure there will be a book two. There are too many loose ends for there not to be. Way too many unanswered questions. So now you’re wondering was this a cliffhanger. Sort of but not really. It does not end on some big draw dropping moment. However, it does end in such a way, that you know there will be more to the story.
I’m very happy I took a chance on Redemption. As I stated in the beginning it was nothing like I thought it would be. It was so much better.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*