Saving Hope

Saving Hope

by Margaret Daley


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ISBN-13: 9781426714283
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 03/09/2012
Series: Men of the Texas Rangers Series , #1
Pages: 338
Sales rank: 1,163,286
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About 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

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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


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.


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.

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Saving Hope 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 289 reviews.
PCGA More than 1 year ago
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.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
MarB1 More than 1 year ago
*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.*
HSMomof4 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book.... main man wasnt very masculine and conversations were a little wordly and unrealistic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Average. I did not like the ending. A little too preachy for my taste.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the book, but it wasn't much of a page turner for me until I got to the last forty pages. The religious aspect was handled with a light touch--just enough to let the reader know the heroine was a woman of deep faith. The mystery part of the book was good; the romance was nice but not very believable. They've known each other a week and had a half dozen kisses, and they are in love? It's like an older version of Nancy Drew.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Coming from a guy, I found this book to be too mushy and not really all that exciting. Nothing special here folks; move along.
DonnaWDW More than 1 year ago
This was a simple read, though it has some suspense, it does not keep you on the edge. It is a good family setting with the Texas Ranger spin and highlights how easily young teens can get themselves in trouble. If you are a parent of a teen girl it an eye opener on just how quickly things can happen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok story, slow and predictable. All the references to god were just too much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is just an average book. The theme was interesting and topical and the characters had potential. I found the ending easy to guess but I do read alot and look for the twists in the plots. The sentence structure and the writing style made me feel like this was a fairly inexperienced writer and not an "award winning" author. Will not be following this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is more suited for what women typically like (more emphasis on feelings than complicated plot/action. I read it because it was free. Don't think I'll get any more from this series of books. There are a number of Christian religious comments. So if you don't like that, you probably won't like the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an amazing book it had a lot of betail and was very entertaning it was a real page turner. There was a lot of action in this dook and got better every time you turned the page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a weird mixture of romance novel and sex crime. There wasn't any graphic details which I appreciated. It was an easy read. Straightforward. Could almost guess the ending.
Darla-Mawson More than 1 year ago
Saving Hope handled a social problem with grace and empathy. Will definitely read more of this author.
gleGE More than 1 year ago
This book was really kept you going and a surprise at the end. No sex in the book...really enjoyed.
pinkfan More than 1 year ago
A little predictable with the content.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this in one sitting and loved this book. It had characters that felt authentic and the topic was such that I felt was very important to opening the eyes of the general public. Overall, as my first book by this author, I was very pleased and will keep an eye out for others as I loved it. ***On another note, please keep your reviews to your opinions and not the plot spoilers many are doing! Thanks so much! ***