About the Book
Book: Every Flower of the Field
Author: Sara Davison
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release date: February 15, 2023
Safe is the most dangerous feeling of all.
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.
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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.
There is so much I loved about this book that I’m not sure I can express it in a few paragraphs. The topic of the story is a hard one to read about but is very much in the news. Human trafficking is difficult to comprehend and the author does an exceptional job of giving readers a realistic look at what it is like. To think that someone could be snatched off the street and treated so horrific makes me cry.
I loved Rose and how strong she is. Being captive for years and still she holds on with this deep hope that someday she will be free. The story is riveting when a rescue is made and I loved how the author kept me on the edge of my seat. The danger Rose was in was explosive and at times I wasn’t sure if she would survive. She has been through so much torture and emotional mind games, yet she has this strength that impresses me. Perhaps she is angry with God right now, but there are people surrounding her that will be able to encourage her to trust God and rekindle her relationship with Him.
Laken is a detective that is on scene when Rose is discovered locked in a room with explosives just outside the door. What I liked about him was how he stayed right outside the door and reassured Rose that he was not going anywhere till she was safe. You can feel his inner turmoil as he tries to comfort Rose. He know the danger that she faces but he will not give up.
I loved how this story shows how important it is to help others, reach out when you need support and never give up. Laken is not afraid to show his faith and when he calls out to God to protect Rose I could almost hear his voice crack. Laken believes that God is merciful and forgiving. He is determined that Rose will finally be able to feel safe but he still needs to catch one more person that was involved.
The story is an adrenaline rush as Rose is once again taken away by one of the men who has held her captive. She thought she was safe at a house where a police officer lived but this nan is devious and convinces Rose to go with him . He uses her compassion for the other girls he has to get her to walk away from those who were protecting her. It is a race to find her as Laken is losing it. He was so sure she was safe but Rose leaves to protect the others that are being held.
The ending is good and we see how Rose starts to turn to God for help. It will take her time to heal but first she needs to know that she is free from torment. God never left her and each day she will heal a bit more. There is an attraction between Rose and Laken but they both know they need to take it slow. Emotional healing will come as Rose releases the pain she has gone through and learn to trust God. She is finally free and can once again see the beauty in the flowers and butterflies that God has created.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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