Thursday, April 30, 2015

Looking at an oldie: To Love Anew

To Love Anew by Bonnie Leon is quite a renewing experience. There is love but this novel reaches beyond romance and engages the readers into the battles of young woman who has been greatly hurt.

Hannah Talbot was a simple seamstress until the death of her mother forces her to seek work as a maid. Hannah’s beauty draws the attention of her employer, a man whose very presence creeps Hannah out. One night, after a long day, Hannah’s employer sneaks into her room and forces himself upon her. Hannah fights for her honor, with such heroism that shows her inner strength and leaves the reader engaging in the fight with her. After this rape, a serious of events lead Hannah across the Ocean to Australia where further challenges await her. 

The novel is a must read. Hannah’s character is well developed and complicated. She maintains her inner strength while struggleing with the desire to rid herself of the life she carries in her womb. The reader cries for her, as she wonders what kind of persons could she be if she wants her own flesh and blood dead. 

But there is a chance for renewal for Hannah if she could only learn to reach for it and find the courage to heal from her path. The renewal comes in the form of a man named John Bradshaw who want to love Hannah. But will she accept such a love or will her past leave her forever lost?

Josette Downey  is the christian romance author of A Time to Say Goodbye, The Secret Son and Bonds of Tradition. She has master’s degree in English From East Carolina University, and currently works for a premier test scoring company. She is the mother of a precocious six-year-old girl, who enjoys bugs, snakes and superman.  She enjoys southern cooking, reading and exploring emerging technology, but is best defined by her devotion to her faith and the empowerment of women in the modern world.

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