While Redemption might start slowly and gently, it quickly takes off in speed and action, ...more
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.
The 3rd person omniscient narrator moves the story from scene to scene, evoking empathy for the battered Lindy from ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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