About the Book
Book: Written in Ink
Author: Sara Davison
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release date: August 4, 2021
Everything he has built his life and future on has been torn away.
Cash McCall has loved Dr. Renee Dawson for half his life. Although they’ve talked about a future together, she has never believed it was the right time for them to get engaged. Now she has ended their relationship, and he has no idea why.
Everything Renee worked so hard for is in jeopardy. One agonizing decision has changed everything, and she has been forced to shatter the heart of the man she loves. And her own.
The extremist militant group The Arm is on a mission. Its leader doesn’t care how many innocent lives are lost in the pursuit of the group’s end goal, and Renee has seen something she was not supposed to see.
If Cash can’t get to her in time, Renee could end up in the crosshairs of the terrorists, and he may lose her—and any chance at the life he’d always envisioned—forever.
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About the Author
Sara Davison is the author of three romantic suspense series—The Seven Trilogy, The Night Guardians, and The Rose Tattoo Trilogy, as well as the standalone, The Watcher. She has been a finalist for more than a dozen national writing awards, including Best New Canadian Christian author, a Carol, two Selahs, a Holt Medallion, and three Daphne du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She is a Word and Cascade Award winner. She currently resides in Ontario, Canada with her husband Michael and their three children. The words on the mug she uses every morning pretty much sum up her life—I just want to sleep, drink coffee, and make stuff up. Get to know Sara better at www.saradavison.org and @sarajdavison.
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The Rose Tattoo Trilogy is set in one of my favourite small towns in Canada—Elora, Ontario. It was such a joy to develop the setting in this series, describing the quaint shops and the natural beauty of the gorge, places I have wandered through countless times. In the first two books of the series—Lost Down Deep and Written in Ink—the real-life fifty-nine stone steps built into the hillside and leading down to the river that runs through the gorge plays a big part in the story, as reflected in this excerpt:
The fifty-nine stone steps set into the side of the hill felt like twice that many as Cash descended slowly into the ravine.
The Elora Gorge was a natural wonder, with a steep rock face flanking both sides of a narrow river. The beauty of it was lost on him, though, and had been for five years, since the night his sister Tessa had traipsed down these stairs and onto the ice. Ice that had shattered beneath her feet, allowing the frigid river to steal her from them forever. Simply being here now drove daggers as sharp as those shards of ice into his chest. How did Jude deal with it when he’d been the one who had lingered at the top of the steps, too tired after a long day to go after her in the cold and dark, until he’d heard the ice crack and his sister scream?
By then it had been too late.
Below is a photo of the actual steps down to the river. I have been up and down those steps many times, and while they aren’t that easy to traverse (especially the going up part!) the effort is well worth it when you reach the bottom and find yourself surrounded by beauty, as Cash does here.
A cool spring breeze brushed across his cheeks. High up in one of the trees, roots clinging, against all odds, to fissures halfway up the rock across the water from him, an owl hooted, the sound drifting across the ravine. Moonlight glinted off the water, sending sparks of light skittering across the surface. Cash scanned the gorge. As far as he could see in either direction, the beauty of the night, of this place, filled his senses.
Something flowed through him like the water passing between the rocky banks. Cash withdrew one hand from his pocket and held it to his chest. What was that? He struggled to put a name to it. Peace, maybe?
Personally, the Elora Gorge has always been a place of peace for me, as it is for Cash in Written in Ink. Do you have a place you go when you need to get away from the chaos of life and experience peace?
It has been a few days since I finished this book and I’m still struggling with how to write the review. The topic is about abortion and the author digs deep into the characters emotions to give us a look at how it affects people differently. I didn’t want to read the book because I knew that my emotions would get the best of me. Hence the hesitation in doing a review. Now I’m at a place where I can hopefully do justice to this story that envelopes the heart and reaches down where our most secret thoughts are.
Cash and Renee have been together for fifteen years and everyone thought their relationship was grounded. Each time Cash as asked Renee to marry him she has turned him down. Now they are faced with a decision that will change them forever. I really liked how the author lets us see both sides of this topic and watch them struggle for answers. I could feel Renee’s heart break as she realizes she is pregnant. She has a career she has worked hard for and a baby was not in her plans. I wanted to take Renee’s hand and tell her that God was there with her. All she needed to do was ask Him for help. Being in the room with Renee as the nurse goes over the procedure was very hard to read. The truth is hard at times and the author lets readers know the facts in a gentle way.
Cash is a man who wants to look out for others. When his hearts gets shattered by the breakup with Renee he feels lost. What really has him upset is the decision that Renee has made about the pregnancy. His mind goes in all directions as he tries to figure out what to do. I liked that he was drawn to a church where he met someone who spoke words of wisdom to him. Cash needs to find a way to talk to Renee but she seems to be avoiding him. The talk Cash has with God is very realistic and I know I’ve had talks like that with God when I am struggling with something. Cash’s vulnerability is just what he needs in order to accept what God is saying to him. I loved when Cash’s brother says , “If you let Him, he’ll walk through with you; you don’t have to face it alone.” That is quite a lesson for us to each grasp. We only need to swallow our pride, trust God and “He will never leave us nor forsake us.” Oh I love how Cash felt hope as he could sense something change within him.
The suspense comes into play in the story when Renee crosses path with someone while at a consultation at a clinic. There is a definite darkness surrounding this part of the story. One person has set his sights on destroying a building in a way where chaos will occur. The part about the extremist group was very unnerving. I have heard about groups that blow up clinics and I try to comprehend what drives them to do this. Beau is filled with such hate and is determined to take out Renee and everyone in the clinic.
The story is a wonderful example of forgiveness even though it is hard. The characters learn that no matter what they have done they are forgiven. Now they must show that grace to others. I loved the ending and especially seeing how Cash and Renee find their way to God.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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