For as long as she can remember, Rose Galway has been a captive, controlled by one man or another. To her, though, God is the one holding the keys, refusing to set her free despite the desperate pleas she has sent heavenward.
Detective Laken Jones has known hardship too, including the daily trauma of racism. Still, nothing he has gone through compares to what Rose has endured. He wants nothing more than for her to experience hope and healing and maybe even happiness in her life.
But first he has to find her.
Laken is willing to risk everything to set Rose free. And to help her find her way to God. Even if that means letting go of her—and the future he envisions for the two of them—forever.
Every Flower of the Field is the second book I have read by Sara Davison, so I was excited to see what she had in store for me with this one. Admittedly, I wondered how the cover art and title tied to the story since it wasn’t immediately clear. However, I learned that with the first book, Sara ties everything together quite nicely, so I trusted and rightly so because both fit perfectly!
Truthfully, I was a little hesitant to read this book since it was the second in the series, but I loved Sara’s book, Written in Ink, so much, which was also not the first book in the series, that I went for it. It turns out it was a great standalone book, so I did not have to catch up on the characters. Sara did a fantastic job weaving in enough backstory to keep me engaged with the characters.
The story itself was a bit intense, as were the portrayed characters. As shared by the author, “Rose Galway has been a captive, controlled by one man or another.” Rose was a victim of sex trafficking. Detective Laken Jones was on a quest to save Rose, even if it meant risking his own life. The two form a bond and, despite life’s traumas, feel safe with each other.
Everything Rose has done to keep herself alive during captivity causes her to feel broken and unworthy of a stronger connection with Laken or any man now that she is free.
The writing is intense from the book’s opening to the end. There are plenty of twists and turns that, as a reader, cause you to hold your breath, nearly cry, or even yell at the book. Okay, I only screamed once, but that character deserved it.
To say this book is filled with suspense would be an understatement. Sara had me on the edge of my seat for most of the read, as in the previous book!
If you are interested in reading romantic suspense from a Christian perspective covering complex topics that are relevant and timely today, this book is a good choice. Sara does not skirt the issues and isn’t afraid to share God moments in a meaningful, non-preachy way.
I highly recommend Every Flower of the Field. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
Note: I reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, which I received through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write a positive review or be compensated for sharing my thoughts. I am disclosing this per FTC regulations.
About the Author
Sara Davison is the author of four romantic suspense series—The Seven Trilogy, The Night Guardians, The Rose Tattoo Trilogy, and two sparrows for a penny, as well as the standalone, The Watcher. A finalist for more than a dozen national writing awards, she is a Word, Cascade, and two-time Carol Award winner. She currently resides in Ontario with her husband, Michael, and their three mostly grown kids. Like every good Canadian, she loves coffee, hockey, poutine, and apologizing for no particular reason. Get to know Sara better at www.saradavison.org and @sarajdavison.
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Neil Gaiman once said, “Fiction gives us empathy. It puts us inside the minds of other people, gives us the gift of seeing the world through their eyes…” To me, that is one of the primary reasons to read and to write fiction. Every time I write a scene with a character, it’s my job as the author to put myself inside that character, to think what they are thinking and feel what they are feeling, and to draw readers inside that character too.
When what that character is experiencing is deeply painful or traumatic, that job can be extremely difficult. In my series, two sparrows for a penny, the main characters of the first two books, Every Star in the Sky and Every Flower of the Field, have has been caught up in sex trafficking for several years. What they experienced wasn’t easy to write about, especially since, although Tala’s and Rose’s stories are fictional, I am painfully aware that so many women have been or are currently in the same horrific situation.
It may be difficult to read about too, although the stories also contain humor and love and family and, ultimately, hope. Still, it is so important that stories like these are told. If Neil Gaiman is right, reading about what others are going through increases our empathy, our compassion, for their plight. And empathy and compassion are catalysts for action. If we turn away from suffering, pretend it doesn’t exist, we do nothing to help alleviate it. But if we face it, acknowledge it, we might find in ourselves the courage to take a stand against it, to do what we can to help, to let these women know that they are not alone. That they are precious to God and they are precious to us.
The title of this series is two sparrows for a penny, which comes from Matthew 10:29: “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.” Every human being caught up in the unspeakably heinous world of trafficking is loved by God. He sees them and knows what they are going through and, one day, he will mete out perfect justice to all who perpetuate this evil. My hope and prayer for these stories is that readers will be compelled to pray for the women and some men who are victims of this practice and maybe even become involved, through a reputable agency, in working to help free those in captivity.
And I also hope and pray readers will be reminded that, whatever they are going through in life, they are never alone either. As God knows the name of every star and takes care even of the flowers of the field, He knows every one of our names and watches over us as well. Tala and Rose finally come to realize that, even in the midst of horrific circumstances, they were never alone. God saw them, remembered them, brought them out of captivity, and will continue to walk alongside them as they begin their long journeys of healing and hope.
And He promises over and over in His Word that He will do the same for every one of us.
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