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4.27  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  16 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 354 pages
Published December 12th 2013 by Black Rose Writing (first published January 1st 2013)
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Kathryn Svendsen
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Redemption starts out as a gentle book about coming home and coming to terms with a life that turned out differently from the hopes and expectations of youth. Leaving an abusive marital relationship, the loss of an unborn child and still grieving the loss of a lifelong friend, Lindy Harrington returns to Parson’s Gap, where she grew up to find herself again. But she found much more than she bargained for.

While Redemption might start slowly and gently, it quickly takes off in speed and action,
Kellie Meyer
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
From the moment you start reading you are captured by Lindy so much that you can't put the book down until you are finished. This book is everything a book should be. It pulls you in and tugs at your heart strings. Lindy might be broken but she soon learns she isn't down and out. I can hardly wait for the second book. Do yourself a favor and read this book, it will not disappoint! Bravo Samantha!
Mary Bramwell
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Redemption hooks you right from the start and doesn't let go until the last page. This is a well-written, intriguing story. Just when you think it can't get more complicated, it does. You can't wait to turn the page to see what will happen next. I enjoyed it right up to the very satisfying ending!
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it

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.

CK O'Neil
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’m a slow reader, so the fact that I started this 350+ page book a little over a week ago and plowed through it in about 10 days speaks volumes for the power of Redemption. The moment we meet Lindy is when she wakes up “with the carved wooden grip of her .38 caliber revolver still clutched in her right hand.” Intense. I was sucked in, as if I had stepped into literary quick sand.
The 3rd person omniscient narrator moves the story from scene to scene, evoking empathy for the battered Lindy from
Elise Abram
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
In Redemption: A Parson's Gap Story, author Samantha Charles pens a gripping tale about Lindy Harrington as she comes to terms with her past, present, and future. After escaping her abusive husband, Lindy returns to Parson's Gap, the town of her birth, where she is reacquainted with the people from her youth, in particular, ex-boyfriend Kit, friend Grady, and her father, a less than ethical preacher who uses coercion and might to do what he thinks is the Lord's work. While there, Lindy uncovers ...more
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I got this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads program.

I want to first say how nice the book looks and how much I appreciate the nice note the author included!

This book is in the drama/mystery genre that I don't usually go for, so I liked getting the chance to read something outside my comfort zone. The book focused on a woman, Lindy, who escaped from an abusive husband and returned to her hometown. In her hometown she meets up with a host of characters like her father, childhood romance,
Jacque Stengel
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you have ever driven through the mountains, you know what the term white knuckle means. Not knowing what is coming around the bend or over the next hill. This book is similar. Just when you think you know where it is going, Samantha Charles knocks you for a loop and takes it to another level.
The characters and scene were so well described that I know I'd be able to find this town and feel at home immediately. The dynamics between family and friends were defined enough that I felt myself
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
At first glance, this book seems less about the abstract concept of Redemption than about emotional repair.

The first third of the book is all about the set up, and the usual romance thing where the protagonist Lindy and her ex boyfriend are in angry stances vis-a-vis each other after Lindy leaves a bad marriage and returns to her tiny hometown in the Appalacias, and I thought, OK, this is nice, readable, but not so unique, yawn yawn.

THEN it got interesting. Lindy's best friend had died a year
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Samantha Charles has written a great mystery novel here. I was instantly drawn into Lindy's life and really warmed to her strong, no nonsense character.

It was a well written story line, which was fast paced and full of twists and turns. The author really brought the characters to life, and I have a thing with my books where I want the characters well described so I can picture them in my head, which I managed to do with these. I loved how she described small town life in this town full of
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I received this book for free through the First Reads Program.

I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Parson's Gap. The first half of this book sets the scene as Lindy, a victim of domestic abuse, returns to her home town to get her life back on track. Instead of finding peace, she finds herself investigating the murder of her best friend and dealing with her devious and insane father who happens to be the Reverend of the church in town. The book took a while to get going but it really
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Redemption by Samantha Charles

Redemption is written with tremendous passion. The main character is struggling with escaping from some horrible events in her past. Samantha Charles not only writes an intriguing and captivating story, she makes the characters so believable that the reader feels the sadness, the pain, the terror, and the anger the characters feel. The mystery was written in such a way that nothing is given away. The reader is drawn into the goings-on.

I recommend Redemption as an
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book! You cannot help but find a special place in your heart for Lindy and then find yourself rooting for Kit. This book takes you on an adventure and has you guessing until the end..... And then wanting more!
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Review to come April 10 as part of blog tour*
Marvela Dawnay
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The truth to be told in the story, Redemption, that happens too often in our society today. This story creates awareness of how abuse, corruption, cover up, circumvention of the legal system and even murder can happen when a person/persons have money and power with many connections. The good old boy system! The good news is that in a matter of time whether it's days, months or years the abusers and criminals dark seeded sick secrets are disclosed and justice is served in a way that the criminal ...more
Mar 10, 2015 rated it liked it
l received this book for free from Goodreads Firstreads.

Having read the blurb and the reviews l was really looking forward to reading this book, but l'm afraid l was disappointed overall.

l did not empathise with the main character Lindy, in fact l became quite exasperated with her. ln its favour l appreciated the quotes from Shakespeare
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Redemption 1 3 Jan 08, 2014 08:10AM  
Like my protagonist Lindy Harrington, I am a preacher’s daughter who grew up somewhat isolated from the rest of the world in the Southeastern region of the United States. As a writer, I enjoy sharing the rich, diverse, and sometimes dark, traditional heritage of the Appalachian Mountains. My debut novel Redemption is the first of a series set in Parson’s Gap; a small coal-mining community inspired ...more
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