When a teenager goes missing from the Beacon of Hope School, Texas Ranger Wyatt Sheridan and school director Kate Winslow are forced into a dangerous struggle against a human trafficking organization. But the battle brings dire consequences as Wyatt's daughter is terrorized and Kate is kidnapped.
Now it's personal, and Wyatt finds both his faith and investigative skills challenged as he fights to discover the mastermind behind the ring before evil destroys everyone he loves.
Saving Hope was my first read from the experienced Margaret Daley. Delving deeply into the horror that is child prostitution, Margaret writes with genuine urgency about the topic, not flinching from the realities but not dwelling on the details. The story clips along at a good pace as the three main characters' - Wyatt, Kate and troubled teen, Rose - stories unfold. Kate's compassion and care is admirable but just a little too perfect, but Wyatt's struggle to solo parent his daughter Maddie is painfully authentic. Rose really grabbed my attention as she battled her fears and guilt with courage and tentative faith, struggling with past abuse and the growing hope of a brighter future. A layer of romance along with snappy dialogue, alleviates the heaviness of the subject matter just when it's needed. Saving Hope has given me a new to me author to enjoy!
With thanks to Abingdon Press for my review copy via NetGalley