I love to curl up with a nice, steaming cup of tea and a free book to review. In fact I subscribe to three book review sites: Book Crash, Book Rooster and The Bookplex just so I can indulge in my favorite leisure activity. What’s even better is when an author contacts me for a review. If you’re an author looking for someone to review your book or short story, check out my Request a Review page.
Because I like to share the great reads I’ve found (and warn readers of the not-so-great finds), I developed a system:
- One cup — worse than a cup of luke warm black pekoe
- Two cups — it may be hot, but you’ll need plenty of sweetener just to tolerate it
- Three cups — it’s not my favorite, but it beats going without
- Four cups — nice and hot and only needs a smidge of sweetener to be perfect
- Five cups — loose leaf vanilla Earl Grey, yummy
Sometimes a book or story doesn’t warrant a five cup rating, but it’s so good it can’t be missed. For those I include the “Must Read” starburst in front of the cup rating. You’ll find my cup rating above the picture of the cover. Enjoy!
Rescuing Liberty (Perseverance) by Amanda Washington
Six months ago Liberty Collins was advancing in her career at a prosperous marketing firm and dreaming of a bright future. Now the only thing darker than her nightmares is reality.
In a socially, and economically, collapsed America, Liberty struggles to find the courage to endure, and the strength to protect herself. Her faith, constitution, and sanity are challenged as the lines that separate right from wrong grow increasingly blurry.
Connor Dunstan was a thriving personal injury attorney with a comfortable life and a deeply-buried past. As the country crumbles and provisions dissipate, the survival of Connor and his unforgiving niece, Ashley, rests on his ability to trust someone other than himself.
When I first started reading Rescuing Liberty, I wasn’t positive that I would be able to finish it, but I’m so glad I pushed on. The dark beginning firmly sets the reader in a dystopian fantasy world where what’s expected and what’s reality is completely turned around. It’s a fantastic setup for the rest of the story as we are continually thrust into seeing every situation from multiple points of view.
I loved how flawed the characters were and how God didn’t answer all their questions or give them what they wanted. Needs were met, but often in unexpected ways that sent the characters in a tail-spin. While most of us don’t hear the Call like Liberty, it was perfect the way Washington mimics the way God’s instructions come to God’s chosen in the Bible.
Even the romance in the story was well done. It was refreshing to see two characters come together in the midst of such horrible struggles and have neither one come off as whiney or stereotypical romance characters. I was pulled into their personal struggles first and the romance simply bloomed as naturally as a flower planted by a bird in the wild. By the end of the story I was fully invested in seeing Connor and Libby become a couple.
I’m not entirely convinced telling the story in both first person from Libby’s viewpoint and in third person from other character viewpoints was the best choice for the overall story. It jarred me out of the story at first. The further on I read, though, the easier the switch back and forth became until it was almost natural.
The only other problem I had with the book was that there were a few sections that could have used just a little more proofreading. In general, those areas weren’t so bad that I couldn’t automatically make the corrections as I read. There were, however, a couple places that I had to stop and re-read a sentence more than once to figure out.
Rescuing Liberty (Perseverance) by Amanda Washington is second only to Frank Perretti’s Piercing the Darkness as my favorite Christian novel. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys delving past the darkness that hides beneath the surface of us all into the Light of God.