The woman hadn’t let her guard down in a long time. I’d been there. You can kill my body and you’d be doing me a favor, but kill my soul and there’s no remedy for the pain. And when you’re in that place, and the pain is real bad, and you’ve been leaning into the thing causing it so long that you don’t know how to do anything other than lean, hope and hopelessness blur and you lose sight of who’s trying to hurt you and who’s trying to help. Sometimes you need somebody to stand between you and the sharp thing that hurts. To lean for you.
The 3 R’s- Rescue, Reconciliation, and Redemption always spells out sacrifice. The story of one man and those that are impacted him whether they know it or not.
Joseph has isolated himself in mountain cabin. Running from evil, the pain of a broken heart. He rescues a mother and her two children as they are running from a Mexican drug lord. Here illegally, her only option is to run. It helping them from his mountain home to Florida, that he is compelled to the beach where he finds his childhood sweetheart Allie. Allie has just lost her second husband in a horrific crash. Her first husband was Joseph’s brother Bobby who is now a State Senator. Together they piece the broken parts of their life. Each learning to trust the other. To find the innocence they once had.
Thru the narration, Allie and Joseph had difficult childhoods that they were drawn to each other as friends. When Bobby was drafted to Vietnam, Joseph’s mother had asked him to take his brother to Canada. Joseph left Allie behind with a promise to return. Upon entering the military and protecting his own brother, he did several tours that did him emotionally and physically. Upon coming back, he found his Allie married to his brother and to heal his broken heart he started many ventures. He also started to listen to Suzy on the radio. Suzy spoke to his soul as she too was hurting from the Vietnam war. She had lost a father she never knew.
A crescendo of fate that brought redemption thru sacrifice. Charles Martin is so good in communicating the broken heart. How they find each other and heal from each other. With Joseph, I felt he was a contradiction in his retaliation with his adopted family, however, he somewhat paints a picture of the condition of man and the gospel. Not a full picture but the need of the gospel. Of forgiveness and the value of others. What love really means in sacrifice. In the novels I have read so far, Martin hardly mentions God, salvation but his words hit home with our condition for something more. Which always leads me to wanting to read more of Charles of Martin.
A Special Thank You to Thomas Nelson and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.