Contemporary Fiction/Time-Slip Book Review: Freedom's Kiss

Publisher's Description

"They were prisoners of the past. Could legacy be the key to set them free?

Olivia Arroyo knows who she is and where she’s going—her sense of family responsibility a stepping-stone to her dream of becoming a chef. When her employer refuses her the chance to move from server to the kitchen, she makes another opportunity for herself with the owner of a new food truck. But her life derails when a hidden piece of her past suddenly comes to light, and she discovers everything she thought she knew about herself has been a lie.

A single decision can have innumerable consequences—a truth that has changed Adam Carrington’s life. A criminal defense attorney turned food truck owner, he is haunted by his role in an unpardonable act and driven by his need to make restitution. Unexpected help comes in the form of a feisty, raven-haired beauty, but she soon begins challenging his kitchen as well as his heart.

Florida, 1816
Propelled by a fleeting hope of freedom, Winnie and her family escape slavery and find refuge and new life with the Seminole Indians of Florida. But their future is still uncertain as threats of war, a return to slavery, and removal to the West shake their tentative grasp on freedom. Will they ever step out of the shadow of fear to leave a legacy of deliverance?"

My Review

Rich with vibrant descriptions and abundant historical details, Freedom’s Kiss, by Sarah Monzon, is extremely well-written, fascinating, and very enjoyable. Though it is the third book in the Carrington Family Romance series, this compelling time-slip story reads very well as a stand-alone novel. Elements of romance, history, and faith are thoughtfully combined in this well-researched book. 
 
With obvious talent, the author uses dual-timelines carefully and effectively. Within the pages of Freedom’s Kiss, Ms. Monzon has crafted well-written contemporary scenes that are made even more meaningful by the inclusion of relevant historical scenes from a time long since passed. With excellent pacing that never straggles, important details are carefully revealed and hidden truths are uncovered as the story reaches its thoughtful and satisfying conclusion.

Even while facing difficult circumstances and daunting secrets, the well-drawn characters in this novel possess an inner strength and determination that is profoundly inspiring. As they struggle with guilt, fear, and uncertainty, the characters continue to cling to hope and to strive for redemption. Furthermore, within the darkness of injustice, vulnerability, and broken dreams, profound themes of perseverance, forgiveness, courage, and love are able to shine brightly with rays of hope, grace, and encouragement.

Freedom’s Kiss is an incredibly interesting and moving novel. The gentle romance, captivating history, and enduring themes are appealing and thought-provoking. This book is truly engaging and relevant. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

My Reflection

There are moments within this novel that are very raw, tender, and emotionally stirring. There are heart-wrenching scenes in which the characters struggle under the immense weight of their doubts and insecurities. The characters also grapple with their self-worth. They question their identity, their purpose, and their God-given calling. They are shaken by their own feelings of unworthiness. Yet, there is always a whisper of hope, always a reminder that God’s love is unconditional, and always an indication that God’s forgiveness and grace are available in infinite amounts. Throughout Freedom’s Kiss, Sarah Monzon gently illustrates the power of God’s grace and forgiveness to heal wounded hearts and broken lives. In this story, Ms. Monzon also affirms the promise that God is near to everyone at all times. Even in moments of regret or in situations that seem desperately bleak, an unwavering hope can be nurtured when trust is placed securely in the promises of a loving God.

About the Author

"Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain's wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn't enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn't in the world of make believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.

Her debut novel, The Isaac Project, skyrocketed to Amazon bestseller status while her Sophomore book, Finders Keepers, won the 2017 SELAH award for contemporary romance."

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*I was given a copy of this novel from  the author. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.

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