Just when we think we've read every plot imaginable comes this sinister social injustice thriller. "Rarely does a written story give me pause as this story has." Amazon reviewerRaised in the Church of Truth established by the Ku Klux Klan in the l800's Dr. Vince Monahan knew in his teens that his "soul" purpose in life was to save the little children born into sin.Twenty-miles south of Atlanta in Justyce, Georgia, seventy-two-year-old ZebParrish takes custody of his six-year-old biracial granddaughter, Lillie, after his only child commits suicide. The apple orchard acreage gifted to his great-great-grandfather after emancipation lies in ruins, and he has no idea how he will be able to provide for Lillie. Zeb's greatest hope is that he'll live long enough to see his grandchild's eighteenth birthday. Zeb strikes up a friendship with an inmate at the prison he has visited every week for years and, after T.J. Bennett is released, he opens up his home telling T.J. he'll give him a place to "begin again" if T.J. will help him keep up the house doing those things the elderly man is no longer able to do. As Vince prepares the operating room in the lower level of his prestigious home he thinks about the child with apple green eyes and perfect mahogany skin he attended to the emergency room. Just like all the little children Vince saved, one day she would thank him. PRAISE FOR CONVICTION:"The villain is so well written that you understand him, knowing that no one is all bad or all good. He's evil, yet you see the reason. From the gripping beginning to the surprising end, you'll find yourself hating to put this one down." - Bestselling author Jerilyn Dufresne"As all the pieces fall into place the ending has your mouth hanging open saying, "I never saw that coming!""Shursen took a controversial topic and voiced herself beautifully as she penned the story of the Parrish family from Justyce, Georgia.""I have read all of this authors' books I have been knocked over with each one.""Once again, Shursen's creativity, writing abilities and research make fora fast-paced, exciting read."
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Someone has been kidnapping biracial little girls. They are returned to their parents 3 after being gone for 3 days. All of them bear a small incision scar on their tummies. He's been doing this for 10 years and has yet to be caught. The reader knows from the beginning who is doing this. The reader even knows why. This story revolves around Zeb Parrish, raising his biracial grand-daughter after his own daughter commits suicide. Zeb finds his daughter's diary and learns the identity of Lillie's father. T. J. Bennett is in prison and does not know that he is the father of a child. Zeb's plan is to befriend him and see if he can be worthy of being Lillie's father. They are unaware that someone is watching Lillie ... a beautiful biracial child. The same day that TJ realizes that Lillie is his, she goes missing. "T.J. faces a decision; should he run away like he's always has, or risk going back to prison to try and find the innocent child who loves him unconditionally? " This is a well-written story with lots of great characters. I fell in love with Lillie and Zeb. I was rooting for TJ all the way. There are secondary characters that lend an air of credibility .. Ronnie, Zeb's late wife's best friend ... Maddy, the nurse who falls in love with TJ.... Jack and Olivia who play a pivotal part of the story. There is a huge twist at the end .. something I don't think anyone will see coming. There is no cliff hanger, but there is an opening for maybe another book. Many thanks to the author who provided a digital copy. All opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.