Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Darkness Before Dawn by Ace Collins - Reviewed

About the Book: (from Abingdon Press)

Will grief push Meg over the edge?
On the same night she discovers she is pregnant, twenty-eight-year-old nurse Meg Richards's husband is killed in an auto accident caused by a drunken teen. James Thomas comes from one of the most influential families in the community. He's a star athlete and glamour boy at the local high school. But the accident he caused will change his life---and Meg's future---forever.
Angered by her senseless loss and facing life as a single mother, Meg blames God for what has happened and considers a decision that could change her life even further. Enraged by the brutal trial and the court's decision, Meg starts down a frightening path of retribution. When the opportunity for revenge comes unexpectedly, will Meg follow through? Or will the remnants of her faith lead her in a different direction?

My Thoughts:

What I displayed wasn’t love, it was pure, selfish hate.”  (p.327)

Ace Collins novel, Darkness Before Dawn, examines how hate, and the lack of love, affects lives.  Yes, there is a vast difference in the two situations.  The changes wrought in the life of the characters in this story is vivid and dramatic, and no matter your approach to the situation presented in this novel, you will examine your own heart and pause to consider whether or not you have allowed the poison of hate to affect your life and the life of those with which your share your life journey.

Meg Richards finds herself facing a challenge that would throw just about anyone into the depths of despair.  Meg allows herself to be pulled beyond despair into an abyss of revenge and hate like nothing she has ever known.  I think it bordered on psychotic at some points.  But that’s not the point.  The point is that Meg made the choice to blame God and turn from her faith when she faced the nightmare of losing a loved one to the carelessness of a drunk driver.  Her choice cost her, and many others, a great deal of pain.

However, she is given the chance to make different choices, and the effect of those decisions have profound, and I daresay, eternal consequences.  The story ends in a powerful, life-changing way, and I promise you it’s a story you don’t want to miss! It is realistic, compelling, and ultimately suspenseful. I was drawn in from the first pages and remained captivated until I reached the final sentence! This is a great, thought-provoking read!

About the Author:
Ace Collins is the best-selling and award-winning author of more than 60 titles, including The Stories Behind The Best-Loved Songs of Christmas, Farraday Road, and Jefferson Burke and the Secret of the Scroll. Ace frequently speaks across the country and on radio and has appeared on national television shows, including Good Morning America, The Today ShowCNN, Fox and Friends, Entertainment Tonight, The Early Showand more. When not writing, he works as a magazine editor and graphic designer, as well as host for a charity organization radio and television broadcast. Ace and his wife, Kathy, are based in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

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