Saturday, October 8, 2011

Waiting for Dawn by Susan May Warren


I absolutely loved Susan May Warren's My Foolish Heart. I mean loved it. I was obviously thrilled when I learned that she had two new ebook novellas out and latched on to the opportunity to review them.

However, I was really disappointed with Waiting for Dawn. The basic premise of the story is that several covert ops guys (including Jim Micah) are taken hostage by a wandering tribe in the Iraqi desert. Lacey Galloway works as a contractor for the Department of Defense and is worried about her best friend / crush who has been kidnapped. She sneaks into Iraq and goes on a mission (as a civilian) to try to find and rescue Micah and his men. She then is confronted with making a choice between best friends Micah and John.

This is a prequel to Flee the Night (Team Hope series). Warren basically writes this novella to give you the back story for Lacey and Jim. Unfortunately, 40 pages is just too short to really develop a story (even a back story). Perhaps if I had read Flee the Night, it would have made more sense. But it's a prequel . . . you're supposed to read it first. Additionally, the plot was completely unrealistic and I just didn't really like Lacey.

I will say that I LOVED the way that Warren wrote Scripture into the book. Throughout the entire book, Jim Micah continually meditates on Scripture in order to focus his thoughts on God instead of the terrible circumstances he is in.

I will probably give the Team Hope series another shot since I loved the Deep Haven series so much, but Waiting for Dawn just didn't hit home with me.

I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About the Book
In this prequel to Flee the Night—the first book in Susan May Warren’s critically acclaimed Team Hope series—Lacey Galloway leads a rather predictable life as a contractor for the Department of Defense. But news that Sergeant First Class Jim Micah is missing in action leads her on a dangerous trek overseas to rescue the man who secretly captured her heart.

Although her DOD connections quickly cut through the red tape, she also enlists the help of her ex-boyfriend and Micah’s best friend, Lieutenant John Montgomery. As they hatch a covert plan to find and rescue Micah, Lacey’s feelings are once again torn between the two men.

Filled with romance and adventure, this twisty tale will hold you captive to the very last page.

About the Author
Susan May Warren is the RITA award-winning author of thirty novels with Tyndale, Barbour, Steeple Hill and Summerside Press.  A four-time Christy award finalist, a two-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.  A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!.  She is also the founder of www.MyBookTherapy.com, a story-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice.

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