Friday, May 15, 2009
Amy Wallace's Enduring Justice ~ Reviewed
By Amy Wallace
Published by Multnomah
A Painful Past – Hanna Kessler’s childhood secret has remained buried for more than two decades. But when the dark shadows of her past threaten to destroy those she loves, Hanna must face the summer that changed her life and the man who still haunts her memories.
A Racially Motivated Killer – As a Crimes Against Children FBI agent, Michael Parker knows what it means to get knocked down. Difficult cases and broken relationships have plagued his entire year. But when the system fails and a white supremacist is set free, Michael’s drive for retribution eclipses all else.
A Life Altering Choice – A racist’s well-planned assault forces Hanna and Michael to decide between executing vengeance and pursuing justice. The dividing line between the two is the choice to heal. But when the attack turns personal, is justice enough?
I’m so thrilled to discover in this third and final book of the “Defenders of Hope” series, all my favorite characters are back from Ransomed Dreams, Steven and Gracie and Clint and Sara,from Healing Promises. The stories of Hanna, Steven’s sister and Michael, Steven’s partner are told in Enduring Justice.
I commend Amy Wallace for being brave enough to talk about the subject matter in this book. Here’s what she says in the author’s note section,” It’s true that every book has some pieces of the author in it…For five years, I’d denied what happened or hid and blamed myself. When my walls of secrecy started to crumble, I felt alone, exposed and more terrified than I could handle. But God met me there.”
Amy and her characters learned that forgiveness sets the captives free. Forgiveness permeates this story. In the middle of a very personal situation for Hanna, another tough issue raises its ugly head - racially motivated killings. One of the characters has this to say,” I know not all white folks act like those I grew up around. But no amount of my stories will help you see what it’s like to grow up black in a white world.” So, it’s true, we can sympathize, but we can’t totally get the full affect.
The author busts through the lies her characters believe. It’s only then that the truth can set you free – forever. God’s truth and what He says about us is powerful. We just have to believe it. Walking in truth will affect every area of your life. You’ll see that in this story. You’ll definitely want to read Enduring Justice a suspenseful conclusion to this series.
Reviewed by: Nora St.Laurent – Book Club Servant Leader