Author: Kim D. Taylor
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: The Bitterroot Mountains #1
A time and place where men longed for a piece of God's green earth to call their own and women still dreamed of a home and a hand to hold. Beth Yates has lost everything and could lose much more if she doesn't escape her beloved city of Chicago and the dreadful memories it holds. Forced to run from a powerful tyrant determined to ruin her, she blames God and vows never to trust a man again.
Ethan Dawson dreams of owning a horse ranch in the foothills of the stunning Bitterroot Mountains but is stuck building the dreams of Montana's Copper King, Marcus Daly. With time running out to make his dream a reality, Ethan refuses to let anything...or anyone stand in his way. Runaway River is a powerful story of God's perfect timing and complete care during difficult times. Ethan and Beth must realize that their setbacks, troubles, and trials are not sent from a distant God but that His great love and overwhelming kindness has gently carried them through it all.
Reviewer: Debra Webster
Runaway River tells a story of losses so great that Beth the principal character calls God’s goodness into question. Beth, the oldest sister of a parentless threesome has the weight of loss and an urgent need to flee the house in which they live. They leave Chicago and arrive in Montana. She struggles daily because of negative experiences with men and the many losses. As she processes the present, she struggles with negative thoughts because of the trauma she endured.
This is a story of loss and redemption, of crushed dreams and God’s dreams being fulfilled, of wrong being done, but God bringing good out of it.
I enjoyed the characters and felt like they could be friends. The struggles may be different in some ways, but the pain and trauma are common to all of us. The following quote indicates the struggle we all have after significant loss.
“Joy poked at her heart, but fear and bitterness had rooted deep. Ignored lately, they riled, reminding her of the pain within, pain from losing her parents and her home—everything. She yawned. She was tired of bitterness, tired of pain. Giving into joy, she allowed hope to enter.”
This story conveyed the choice we face. We can stay in bitterness or allow joy to enter. We can continue to rail at God or learn to trust him. Trust is the only way to find hope and joy. May we learn to make that choice and may this book help readers to do so.
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