Saving Hope (Men of the Texas Rangers Series #1)

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When a teenager goes missing from the Beacon of Hope School, Texas Ranger Wyatt Sheridan and school director Kate Winslow are forced into a dangerous struggle against a human trafficking organization. But the battle brings dire consequences as Wyatt's daughter is terrorized and Kate is kidnapped.

Now it's personal, and Wyatt finds both his faith and investigative skills challenged ashe fights to discover the mastermind behind the ring before evildestroys everyone he loves.

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Overview

When a teenager goes missing from the Beacon of Hope School, Texas Ranger Wyatt Sheridan and school director Kate Winslow are forced into a dangerous struggle against a human trafficking organization. But the battle brings dire consequences as Wyatt's daughter is terrorized and Kate is kidnapped.

Now it's personal, and Wyatt finds both his faith and investigative skills challenged ashe fights to discover the mastermind behind the ring before evildestroys everyone he loves.

“Fan favorite Margaret Daley wows readers with Saving Hope, her new release in the Men of the Texas Rangers series. Intense, gritty, exciting, and with a compelling love story...this book has everything a romantic suspense reader could want!” Marta Perry, Vanish in Plain Sight, HQN Books

"InSaving Hope, prolific author Margaret Daley tackles a difficult issue with gritty realism and heart." Irene Hannon, author of the bestselling Heroes of Quantico series

"Saving Hope is a story straight from the headlines. Missing teens, a Texas Ranger Dad, and a woman who just wants to make a difference in the lives of the girls she loves, all come together in an explosive story that will make you turn the pages as fast as possible to get to the end--which has a nice twist that you won't see coming. Just make sure you have plenty of time to read because you WON'T want to put this one down. A fabulous romantic suspense." -- Lynette Eason, best-selling, award-winning author of the Women of Justice Series.

"Through crisp writing, Daley paints life-like characters engaged in a believable struggle that kept me turning pages to the satisfying ending." — Richard L. Mabry, MD, Author of Lethal Remedy and the Prescription For Trouble series

"Margaret Daley's Saving Hope is a beautifully told story of second chances with very real characters who stayed with me long after I finished the book. I'll be looking for moreTexas Rangers stories from her!"~Robin Caroll, author of the Evil series and the Justice Seekers series

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Editorial Reviews

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Much published romance author Daley (Hearts on the Line) earnestly tackles child prostitution in this opener to the Men of the Texas Rangers series. Ranger Wyatt Sheridan, a member of the Child Rescue Task Force, is called when the body of a teenage girl is found in a field near a van belonging to Beacon of Hope, an agency that works to rehabilitate teenage prostitutes. Sixteen-year-old Rose, a promising client at Beacon of Hope, had “borrowed” the van after receiving a call from a distressed friend—another teen prostitute. Agency director Kate Winslow is determined to find Rose, and Ranger Sheridan, whose own daughter is 14, is an ally in the search. Daley has the talent to make things gallop forward, and her dialogue is crisp and engaging. Yet the story is exceedingly earnest, and the characterization is wooden: Kate is impossibly saintly, and the trauma in Sheridan’s past doesn’t ring true. Contemporary Christian fiction has risen above the agenda of getting saved by Jesus, but it is weighed down here by a social issue agenda, however laudable. Agency: Steve Laube Agency. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426714283
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Series: Men of the Texas Rangers Series , #1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 334,459
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Daley, an award-winning author of eighty-five books, has been married for over forty years and is a firm believer in romance and love. When she isn’t traveling, she’s writing love stories, often with a suspense thread and corralling her three cats that think they rule her Tulsa, Oklahoma household. To find out more about Margaret visit her website at www.margaretdaley.com.
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Saving Hope

Men of the Texas Rangers Series


By Margaret Daley

Abingdon Press

Copyright © 2012 Margaret Daley
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4267-1428-3


CHAPTER 1

Rose gripped her cell phone so tightly her muscles ached. "Where are you, Lily?"

"At—Nowhere Motel." A sob caught on the end of the last word. "Help—me." Lily's breath rattled, followed by a clunking sound as though she'd dropped the phone.

Rose paced the small bathroom at Beacon of Hope. "Lily?" Sweat coated her palms, and she rubbed her free hand against her jeans.

Silence taunted her.

What have you done? But the second that Rose asked that question, an image came to mind of her friend lying on the dingy gray sheets in the cheap motel, wasted, trying anyway she could to forget the horror of her life.

"Lily, talk to me. Stay on the line." Pulling the door open, Rose entered her room. When she saw her roommate, she came to a stop.

Cynthia's wide-eyed gaze fixed on Rose for a few seconds before the fourteen-year-old dropped her head and stared at the hardwood floor. Rose crossed to her dresser, dug into the back of the top drawer, and grabbed a small, worn leather case. She pushed past her roommate and headed into the upstairs hallway.

Striding toward the staircase, Rose dismissed her roommate's startled expression and focused on the crisis at hand. "Lily, are you still there?"

A sound as though someone fumbled the phone and caught it filtered through the connection. "Rose, I need—you."

"I told you I would come if you wanted to get out. I'll be—"

A click cut off the rest of Rose's words. No, Lily. Please hang on.

Rushing down the steps to the first floor, she quickly redialed the number and let it ring and ring. When she approached the program director's office, she finally pocketed her cell, took out her homemade tools, and picked the lock, a skill she learned to give her some sense of control over her life. In the past she'd done what she had to in order to survive.

Guided by the light through the slits in the blinds, Rose entered Kate's darkened office and switched on the desk light. A twinge of guilt pricked her. If Kate found her in here after-hours, how could she explain herself? Especially with what she was going to do next to the woman who had saved her and taken her in.

Kate's gonna be so disappointed in me for stealing—no, borrowing—the van. She's put so much faith in me. But I've got to save Lily. I promised her. When I bring Lily back here, Kate will understand.

Rose used her tools to open the locked drawer on the right. Pulling it out, she rummaged through the papers to find the set of keys at the bottom, then bumped the drawer closed with her hip.

I have no choice, Kate. Please forgive me.

The memory of the words, I need you, spurred Rose to move faster. She had to get to her friend. Get her out ... finally. Bring her to Kate.

Clutching the keys in one hand, she turned off the lamp and carefully made her way to the office door. She eased it open a few inches and peered out into the short hallway. The empty corridor mirrored the feeling inside her.

When would it go away? When will I feel whole?

After she checked to make sure the office door was locked, she hurried toward the side exit of the building that housed the residential program for teens like her. Outside the summer heat blasted her in the face even though it was past midnight. Her heart pounded as hard as her feet hitting against the concrete. Sweat beaded on her forehead as she rushed toward the parking lot to find Beacon of Hope's van. The security light cast a yellow glow on the vehicle at the back of the building. Visions of her friend slipping into drug-induced unconsciousness, no one there to care whether she died or not, prodded her to quicken her steps.

I won't let you down, Lily. She was the reason her friend was where she was right now, stuck in a life that was quickly killing her.

As Rose tried to unlock the white van, her hands shook so badly the keys dropped to the pavement. Snatching them up, she sucked in a breath, then another, but her lungs cried for more oxygen. With her second attempt, she managed to open the door and slip behind the steering wheel. Her trembling hands gripped the hot plastic. After backing out of the parking space, she pressed down on the accelerator and eased onto the street in front of Beacon of Hope. With little driving experience, she would have to go slower than she wanted. She couldn't get caught by the cops. This was her one chance to save her friend. If all went well, she could be back here with Lily before morning.

She tried to clear her mind and concentrate totally on the road before her. She couldn't. Memories of her two years as a prostitute tumbled through her mind, leaving a trail of regrets. One was having to leave Lily behind.

Nowhere Motel—her and Lily's name for one of the hellholes where they'd had to earn their living. A place—one of several used when they were brought to Dallas—near the highway on Cherry Street. A place where inhuman acts happened to humans—young girls who should be dressing up for their prom, not their next trick.

She'd escaped only because she'd been left for dead on the side of the road when a john discarded her like trash. But the Lord had other plans for her besides death. A judge had seen to it that she came to the Beacon of Hope program, and Kate had given her a glimpse of a better life.

And I'm gonna start with rescuing Lily. I'm not gonna let her die. She's gonna have a chance like me.

Rose slowed as she neared the motel, two rows of units. Bright lights illuminated the front rooms, which maintained an appearance of respectability, while the rooms in the back were shrouded in dimness.

After she parked across the street from Nowhere, she sat in the van staring at the place, its neon sign to welcome travelers taunting her. Sweat rolled down her face, and she swiped at it. But nothing she did stopped the fear from overwhelming her to the point of paralysis. Memories of what went on in the back rooms of the motel threatened to thwart her attempt to rescue Lily before it began.

I owe her. I have to make up for what I did to her.

She pried her hands from the steering wheel and climbed from the van. After jogging across the two lanes, she circled around to the second building that abutted the access road to the highway.

The sounds of cars whizzing by filled the night. People going about their ordinary life while some were barely hanging on. A loud, robust laugh drifted to her as she snuck past the first unit, heading for room three, the one Lily always used at Nowhere. Someone opened a door nearby and stepped out of a room ahead of her. Rose darted back into a shadowed alcove at the end, pressing her body flat against the rough cinder block wall. Perspiration drenched her shirt and face. The stench of something dead reeked from a dumpster a few yards away. Nausea roiled in her stomach.

Two, sometimes three, of his guards would patrol, making sure the girls stayed in line. She wasn't sure this was a guard, but she couldn't risk even a quick look. She waited until the man disappeared up the stairs, then hurried toward the third unit. With damp palms, she inched the unlocked door open and peeked through the slit.

Dressed in a little-girl outfit that only underscored Lily's age of fifteen, she lay sprawled on the bed, her long red hair fanning the pillow, the sheets bunched at the end. Her friend shifted, her eyes blinking open. Groaning, she shoved herself up on one elbow, only to collapse back onto the mattress.

Footsteps on the stairs sent a shaft of fear through Rose. Her heartbeat accelerated. She pushed into the room and closed the door, clicking the lock in place. She almost laughed at her ridiculous action as though that would keep anyone out. But she left it locked.

The scent of sex, alcohol, and sweat assailed her nostrils and brought back a rush of memories she'd wanted to bury forever. For a few seconds she remained paralyzed by the door as memories bombarded her from all sides. Hands groping for her. A sweaty body weighed down on top of hers. The fog she'd lived in to escape.

She shook them from her thoughts. Can't go there. Lily is depending on me.

Turning toward her friend, she started across the room. Lily's glazed eyes fixed on her. For several heartbeats, nothing dawned in their depths. Then a flicker of recognition.

She tried to rise, saying, "Rose, so sorry ..." Lily slurred her words as she sank back. "Sor—reee."

"I'm here to get you out." Rose sat on the edge of the bed. "You've got—"

A noise behind her and to the left cut off her next words. She glanced over her shoulder as the bathroom door crashed open, and he charged into the room.

"Did you really think I'd let you go?"

His gravelly voice froze Rose for a few seconds. King never came to Nowhere Motel. Too beneath him. He should be—

Finally, terror propelled her into action. She scrambled off the bed and ran for the door. She grappled for the lock, her sweat-drenched fingers slipping on the cold metal.

King slammed her against the wall beside the door—her only escape route. He pressed her back to hold her pinned, the scent of peppermint sickening her. He loved to suck on peppermint candies, and she'd come to hate that smell. The aroma enhanced her desperation.

Words from her street days spewed from her mouth. She twisted and tried to buck him off. He thrust her harder against the wall until she couldn't catch her breath. Lightheaded from the lack of air, she went still.

"You'll always be mine. That john paid for losing you." Her pimp threw the lock on the door and opened it. "Tony."

Oxygen rushed back into her lungs and with it returned the frantic need to get away.

But before she could make a move, King's fingers clamped around her upper arm so tightly she thought he would break it. A six-foot-tall guard appeared in the doorway as King dragged her across the room and flung her on the bed. One of her arms flopped then bounced on the mattress near Lily. Her friend's head lolled to the side. Her eyes closed.

"Hold her." King withdrew a syringe, filled with a clear liquid, from his pocket.

"No," Rose screamed and scrambled over Lily's body. She had to get away. She wouldn't go there again.

Tony lunged across the bed and grabbed her leg. His fingers dug into her ankle. Inch by inch he hauled her to him. Lily moaned as Rose slid across her, but Lily's eyes stayed closed.

Can't give up. Rose kicked free and launched herself at the guard, raking her fingernails down his cheek.

He struck her face with his fist. Pain radiated outward from her jaw. Her vision blurred. A metallic taste coated her tongue. The room tumbled through her mind, as if she'd been stuffed into a dryer in the middle of its cycle. The ringing in her ears drowned out what Tony said. Throwing his body over hers, he trapped her on the bed.

Can't—

Her pimp loomed over her. Through the haze, she saw the malicious grin as King gripped her arm and yanked it toward him.

When he held up the syringe, her heart beat so fast she thought she would pass out from the hammering force against her ribcage. She gasped for a mouth full of air, but it wasn't enough.

"No, please not that," she whimpered as he jabbed the needle into her arm.
(Continues...)


Excerpted from Saving Hope by Margaret Daley. Copyright © 2012 Margaret Daley. Excerpted by permission of Abingdon Press.
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  • Posted February 29, 2012

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    This will be a favorite in 2012 for me!

    This wasn't the first novel I've read by Margaret, but it is the first I've read in several years. I'm so glad I read this book. I found myself riveted to the story line and the characters. The tension was perfectly executed, in my opinion, because I couldn't stand it until I got to the end. But more than that, the ride compelled me to think about motivations and schemes and who could be behind everything. The fact that evil was so close to a number of main characters had me practically biting my nails at times. The faith element was balanced and clearly present without being too heavy handed. The progression of their spiritual journeys seemed natural to the characters' lives.

    I loved the romantic thread in the story and found it to be warm enough to be yummy for romance lovers without taking away from the tension of the suspense portion of the story. I loved the hero and how he finally opened his heart and had to face his fears. I even liked how the author made a few of the "bad guys" seem like regular people at times. She made them seem more human, while still being dark in their nefarious intentions. They still did wrong, but I loved that they weren't one-dimensional and flat.

    The heroine's mission to save children pulled into sexual slavery by predators was admirable, as was the hero's desire to fight for the same cause. The author writing about some of the miserable situations the girls living at Beacon of Hope suffered prior to their rescue in the story made me realize how more people need to step up and help rescue these children. I commend Margaret for opening my eyes to this scourge on society and writing about it.

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2012

    This was a very well written book with solid suspense. it kept

    This was a very well written book with solid suspense. it kept me reading till the end because I feared for the characters in danger. Kate was a very believable character, fighting for acceptance from her family while doing what she believes is the right thing. Wyatt was a little less believable a character but I still really liked him. The fact that his daughter was soon made a target is a pretty common theme in this type of suspense novel, but all in all made for a good read.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

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    When netgalley gives you ppl this book for free for your honest and unbiased opinion, i really dont think they expect you to give away the entire book. When you do that you turn away other readers from buying the book. A review is simply to tell if you liked the book or not, not to tell every single thing that happens. That is a dissertation, a book report. Pkease take it to a blog site if you want to dissect the book. Stop ruining the book for other readers here. It is rude and very inconsiderate. Now you have ruined for those of us who would have liked to have read it for ourselves, but why read it? You told us everything that happens.

    8 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2012

    *4½ stars* Kate Winslow is running a home for girls who

    *4½ stars*

    Kate Winslow is running a home for girls who used to work as prostitutes, called Beacon of Hope. She’s giving the girls a place to live and heal. Wyatt Sheridan has been working on a team to expose a child prostitution ring. When Wyatt and Kate meet they discover that they have the same goal: to help the girls.

    Rose is one of the girls that lives in Beacon of Hope. On a night she gets a phone call from Lilly - a girl who is still working as a prostitute. She needs help and Rose is taking Kate’s van to go to try to free Lilly. But things don’t go like she hoped and soon Rose is captured.

    Wyatt comes to work on the case to find Rose. Kate and Wyatt often meet to talk things through. Wyatt didn’t expect to start feeling something for Kate. His wife was murdered 9 years ago and he never thought about searching for a new love in his life. His mother lives with him to take care of his 14 year old daughter Maddie. Maddie is trying to find her own way in life and gets into trouble. Wyatt’s mother is widowed and seeing a new boyfriend. Can the man be trusted?

    Join Wyatt and Kate in their search for Rose. Will they find her again? And can they expose the prostitution ring?

    Margaret Daley writes a story that is worth reading! She keeps the suspense high and the plot is well done.

    *Thanks to Abingdon Press and NetGalley for providing me a free eBook for review.*

    8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2012

    Another great read from Margaret Daley

    When a teenager goes missing from the Beacon of Hope School, Texas Ranger Wyatt Sheridan and school director Kate Winslow are forced into a dangerous struggle against a human trafficking organization. But the battle brings dire consequences as Wyatt's daughter is terrorized and Kate is kidnapped.
    Now it's personal, and Wyatt finds both his faith and investigative skills challenged as he fights to discover the mastermind behind the ring before evil destroys everyone he loves.


    ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** **

    Margaret Daley has written another thought-provoking book! She has given such depth to the characters that they become the reader's friends, too. I not only 'prayed-on' the teenage girls and their recovery, but also Kate's relationship with her parents. She has written a book that introduces the reader to the forced adolescent/teen girl prostitution rings, and also the difficulty for them to break free from this dire situation.

    Her sensitivity to the problem of human trafficking here in America makes this a great way to open dialogue with your own teenage daughter. Read it first, and if you feel it is appropriate for your daughter, let her read it... then TALK about it and what if means to you and her!

    I look forward to reading Margaret Daley's Men of the Texas Rangers series!

    I received a complimentary copy of Saving Hope from Abingdon Press from NetGalley for my honest review.

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2012

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    A great book about a difficult subject

    Saving Hope begins with one teenager, Hope, trying to rescue a young friend who had been forced into the same prostitution ring she'd been saved from. The problem was that Lily had been used as bait to lure her back, and King, the man who led the ring, was waiting for her. Hope is captured.

    Kate Winslow manages the Beacon of Hope , a place which provided a home and a safe harbor for young girls rescued from their lives of prostitution. When Hope leaves in the middle of the night with the Beacon's van, Kate worries over more than just the van. Kate knows Hope wouldn't deliberately go back into the same profession that nearly killed her before.

    Texas Ranger Wyatt Sheridan enters Kate's life when the van is found and a young teenage girl is found buried in a shallow grave close to it.

    When a second girl runs away from Beacon and is killed and Wyatt's young teenage daughter begins to get involved with an older boy, Hope's disappearance can no longer be considered random. Someone is actively recruiting young girls and killing to keep their ugly secrets.

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Good read

    When I read reviews I get so tired of reading what the entire book is about. Why buy the book. I won't do that. I will say this was a very satisfying read. My mother reads a lot of her books because she writes alot of shirt easy read books. I like detail and books that are deep with characters and subject matter. This book was probably the best I have read from her. Every character was easy to relate with and felt lije real people. I was truly engrossed with the whole book. Read it. You won't be disappointed.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

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    This is my first book by Margaret Daley, I've seen her other boo

    This is my first book by Margaret Daley, I've seen her other books that she has published through the "Love Inspired" series, but none of those really caught my eye. This book, however, screamed at me,
    "Rick, you have to read this book, it's about the MEN of the Texas Rangers!" Now, as you know, I'm doing these reviews from a "man's perspective" and that works out well, because I'm a man. And what better kind of book for a man to review than a book about the tough Texas Rangers!


    Texas Ranger Wyatt Sheridan has settled into a good life in Texas. It's been 8 years since his wife was killed, so he shares the ranch with his mother and his teenage daughter, Maddie. Wyatt has a decent relationship with Maddie, they both love to ride their horses, but lately a wall has started building between them. His mother, on the other hand, is finished off with husband #3 and watching out for #4. It seems there are times when she's more of a hand ful then Maddie. Kate Winslow is the director of the Beacon of Hope School that assists teenage girls through court appointed intervention. She comes from the Winslow family of old money, but only the kind that donates, not the kind that actually gets in the trenches and makes a difference. This causes alot of friction between her and her mother as Kate wants to help these lost girls personally, not from a distance. First a van is stolen at the school and a girl goes missing, then another is killed after she left the school with her suspected pimp. Now, Kate's funding has been pulled from the Winslow Foundation. Will she have to close the school and turn the girls out? Can Wyatt help find the missing girl, is she even still alive? You know the rest, you'll have to read the book to find out :)

    This was a tough sell for me. I've grown up with blinders on and find it uncomfortable to think that we live in society that could and would treat children, treat other humans, as these sex traffickers do. This story, though, paints a picture of what is happening daily around the world, and right here in the United States. The author has a page on her website specifically devoted to why she decided to write about this subject, check it out: Why I Wrote Saving Hope. The characters in this book, specifically the girls from Beacon of Hope all called out to me in desparation. These are teens who want a different life, who are searching for the missing piece. Margaret does a good job of displaying the faith of Kate, I truly wish she had done more to showcase it in dealing with the girls of Beacon of Hope. Their "missing" piece is a relationship with Him and He is the only one that can fill that void.

    So is this a "man's book"? Most definitely yes. There is plenty of suspense, intrique and danger through out this book. The plot is very well defined and I'm sure that we can all see ourselves in the character of Wyatt.

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    Excellent

    Did not realized that I had read this book in paper at some point but was not disappointed in reading it again. That takes a really good book!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Come on

    I think a little information about the book is ok but to read the so called reviews when it really ends up being your short version of the whole book i think is really wrong for you to do. How about trying to keep it to your self and let others enjoy and decide for them selves. I see over and over again where people ask nicely to please stop doing this. But it is " You" who they are asking to stop so again please look in the mirror it is you who they are talking to and please stop doing it.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2012

    This book tells the story of how young ladies can get caught up

    This book tells the story of how young ladies can get caught up in situations they don't believe they can get out of, or just don't know how to......

    And the people who dedicate their lives helping them get to where they should be in life.

    The saddest of all is that in real life these things can and do happen.

    The villians know how to minipulate the inocent victums to their advantage!

    I found my self yelling no don't go there... Oh no please don't and being angry at the people who go out of their way to do harm..

    There's a normal teenage girl mad at daddy, a colorful nana, several young ladies looking for hope, an unbendable contolling mother, a texas ranger, a dedecated woman trying to help, villians doing harm .... And of couse a bit of romance!

    Excelant plot with a twist in the end! Lots of action, lot of emotion, easy to read... Well written.

    I cried for some, I cherred for others and applaud the ones who are the heros!

    Great book!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2012

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    Men of the Texas Rangers Book 1

    Saving Hope by Margaret Daley Men of the Texas Rangers Book 1 Kate Winslow ran a home for girls who were taken out of prostitution, Beacon of Hope. She failed a friend once when she could not help her but she would give her all for these girls. When they find one of their vans and girls missing it starts a chain of events that eventually brings Wyatt Sheridan into Kate's life. Kate will stop at nothing to find Rose, a fifteen year old who truly wanted a new life and put anyone who needed help before herself. Which is most likely the reason she is now missing. Wyatt was working on a team to break up a child prostitution ring. Things seem to fit together when something his team finds fits with a missing girl from Beacon of Hope. What Wyatt did not expect was to feel anything for a woman, after his wife's murder he didn't believe he'd ever love again but something about Kate tugged on the armor around him. Wyatt also has to deal with his fourteen year old daughter who wants to test her wings in a world that Wyatt knows is full of danger. There are so many different things that happen in this book. Even though it's fiction it gives you a look into a world that is not fiction—child prostitution-- either runaways or others who are lured into it. A look into the life a lawmen and that things don't just fall together for them, especially when people fear for their lives. And how easily a charmer can fool a girl or woman by sweet talking and compliments. I personally enjoyed this book and will look forward to reading this series. **Book received through Netgalley for review.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Great read about an important topic

    I loved reading this book. There were some very important topics covered. I will make sure my preteen daughter reads it. I also like the discussion questions at the end. Even if you only think about the questions yourself, this was an elightening book. The characters were well developed and the story was believable. Prayer is used in the story along with faith and forgiveness. Repentance and the Holy Ghost are not mentioned specifically but are eluded to especially regarding inspiration received by characters and even feelings of warning and hearing the still small voice. I would consider this an uplifting book even though it was suspenseful and about some of the most awful things some humans choose to do with their free agency.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Cliche

    Poor writing, boring characters, very canned dialogue.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2012

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    This book is heart wrenching! It pulls you into the story with t

    This book is heart wrenching! It pulls you into the story with the page. It is extrememly well written with great characters and a well developed plot. I didn't get bored or feel like parts of the story were interfering with other parts. It was an excellent mix of suspense, romance, and hope. The Christian message is not shoved in your face like some books do, but it is strong enough to get the point. With God, nothing is impossible. In God, there is hope. I cannot wait to read the next book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    Opens your eyes

    I heard about human trafficking in church not to long ago, and now reading about it again, even in fiction, I hope it helps others to look a little more closely at what is going on around them and pay attention. I was definitely on the edge of my seat through the whole book. Great read of a tough subject. I applaud Margaret Daley for putting it out there.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2012

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    Human Trafficking Story of Hope

    Raised with everything she wanted, Kate turns away from this life to help girls who are able to escape the awful world of human trafficking. It amazed me how easily girls are entrapped by men they thought they could trust. Kate established the "Beacon of Hope" home to help these girls overcome the circumstances they were able to escape. When Rose, one of the girls, is kidnapped, Kate does not give up on her. She even puts herself in danger to come to this girl's rescue, much to the dismay of her parents.


    This story provides a enough about the gruesome details of forced prostitution without being too descriptive. It is appropriate enough for young teenage girls to read. In fact, I highly recommend young girls read this book so they could realize how easily these men enter their lives only to take advantage of their trust. Once the trust is earned, these men can easily isolate these trusting girls from family and friends. Then, the worst happens as these trusting and innocent girls are kidnapped, transported to another area, and sold into prostitution.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Good, clean read

    I enjoyed this book. It has action, good clean romance, and kept me entertained. It explored a darker side of society and a lawman trying to change things. A woman trying to help the innocent lives tangled in greed and sin. Very good read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    Good

    Good book.... main man wasnt very masculine and conversations were a little wordly and unrealistic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    Okay at best.

    Average. I did not like the ending. A little too preachy for my taste.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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