Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Ransomed Dreams by Sally John

Ransomed Dreams opens with the brutal shooting of Sheridan Montgomery and her husband Eliot, the US ambassador to Venezuela, and quickly moves into life following the traumatic event.  Eliot is now left severely disabled and in chronic pain, Sheridan has her own fears and emotional scars to face, and neither are well-equipped to deal with a life that was not what they "signed up for".  Enter Luke Traynor, a CIA agent who has a knack for turning their world upside down, and Sheridan's heart along with it, and the drama continues.

When I was reading the description for this book, I somehow came away with the impression that it would be one of intrigue and mysterious circumstances, action and suspense.  This was not the case.  Ransomed Dreams is more of a drama.  The focus is on the relationships and the dynamics between the various characters.  How does one deal with an abrupt change in one's life and marriage?  What do marriage vows mean when your spouse is suddenly a completely different person?  How does one handle an attraction to the man who is there to provide everything the husband can not? And where is God in all of this?

I struggled to get through this book.  I am not a fan of the genre and felt as I would if I had expected to see a Bourne Identity type movie and ended up in Steel Magnolias.  But, much as would likely happen in that case, I ended up somewhat involved and invested by the end of the story.  If you enjoy a good Christian drama story, you would probably really enjoy this book.  

Ransomed Dreams is available through Tyndale or your favorite online or local bookstore.

*Disclosure: Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book, for review purposes.*



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