For two years Gabriel has followed every lead, no matter how small, in the hope of finding his wife who has been kidnapped. He and the police always seem to be one step behind, until investigators give him information that helps him launch the plan to find her.
When Lena looks up into the eyes of her husband, who she hasn’t seen in two years, she is humiliated and wants nothing more than to run before he recognizes her. And so she does. It’s only when she faces a desperate situation that she is forced to return and ask for his help.
As fate twists its way through both of their lives, they realize it doesn’t matter how much they have prepared to face the realities of losing someone, or finding them again, redemption is in letting go of the past and finding a future just off the beaten path.
My thoughts: I knew that this would be an emotional read when I picked it up! The author does a wonderful job of telling the story of Lena and how she wound up in human trafficking. I thought that going between the past and present was a good way to tell the story, since it painted a bigger picture. It was a heart breaking story, but I felt that the author did a good job of handling the difficult subject with care.
I received this book from Celebrate Lit. This is my honest review.
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About the Author
Michelle Jester is the bestselling author of fiction novels, as well as contributing author to the nonfiction #1 bestseller, My Labor Pains Were Worse than Yours. She also writes nonfiction and children’s books. Michelle lives in Louisiana with her husband, high school sweetheart and retired Master Sergeant. She wears a bracelet with a single yellow, rubber duckie charm on it to remind her to enjoy the fun and happy things of life!
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When I first started writing this novel, it was because of a dream I had. I woke in the middle of the night crying, sweating, and praising God. I immediately got up, went to my computer and started writing about the dream. I was weeping the entire time and barely able to see through my tears.
In the dream, I was homeless, alone, and had drifted from God. I was hungry and went into a food kitchen to eat. I was dirty, smelled terrible, and missed Larry so much, only I knew I could never go home. I had done too much and had too much done to me to ever make it back to him.
After the person in the food kitchen put the food on my plate, I looked up and it was my husband, Larry. I was humiliated and desperately didn’t want him to recognize me. I was about to leave when in the dream Larry’s face turned to Jesus and He said, “I have been looking for you.”
That dream became the cornerstone of this novel.
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The book sounds great.ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on It Never Occurred to Her, this sounds like a very emotional story and I am looking forward to reading it myselfReplyDelete
This sounds like a good book about a tough subject.ReplyDelete
Sounds like such an intriguing read!ReplyDelete