Friday, April 26, 2013

"DarknessBefore Dawn" by Ace Collins - Story of grief, teen drinnking and driving, and restoration

Description: On the same night she discovers she is pregnant, twenty-eight-year-old nurse Meg Richards's husband is killed in an auto accident caused by a drunken teen. James Thomas comes from one of the most influential families in the community. He's a star athlete and glamour boy at the local high school. But the accident he caused will change his life---and Meg's future---forever.

Angered by her senseless loss and facing life as a single mother, Meg blames God for what has happened and considers a decision that could change her life even further. Enraged by the brutal trial and the court's decision, Meg starts down a frightening path of retribution. When the opportunity for revenge comes unexpectedly, will Meg follow through? Or will the remnants of her faith lead her in a different direction?

Review:  Well written and easy to read, this book tells the story of  losing a loved one and the grieving process.  This particular book deals with drunk driving and the consequences of driving under the influence.  Even more important, it deals with the subject of teen drunk driving, which is a problem in our society.  Even though this book is Christian fiction, no doubt it is very real to many families.

Meg Richards is the young woman whose husband is killed by a drunk teen driver.  She is full of bitterness and basically turns her back on God.  “How can a God of love allow such a thing to happen?”  She makes it her personal goal to destroy the young man responsible for her husband’s death.  In addition, she receives news that she is expecting their first child within just a few hours of her husband’s death.  This only adds fuel to her bitter spirit.

Ultimately she does destroy the young man.  But God in His grace gives her an opportunity to save the young man and restore her own heart and faith in God.  The author also introduces a character who is instrumental in Meg’s life.  Nancy shows Meg that even though bad things happen, God is still on the throne and in control.

While I felt that the author dwelt on the “bitterness” side a little long, the ending was good.  I appreciated the spotlight being put on the subject of teen drunk driving and how the decision of someone to drink and drive can have devastating and irreversible consequences.  This is a book that is easy to recommend for reading.

Meet Ace: Bestselling author Ace Collins has written more than 60 books including novels "Swope's Ridge" and "Words of the Father," as well as the nonfiction "Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas"; and "Lassie: A Dog's Life". His books have become movies and network television specials. Ace Collins has sold more than 1.5 million books during his career and makes his home in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

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DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of Darkness Before Dawn was provided by Litfuse Publicity Group on behalf of the author and publisher, Abingdon Press in exchange for our honest review.

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