Thursday, October 17, 2013

*Severed Trust* Men of The Texas Rangers Series.

Severed Trust (Men of the Texas Rangers #4)

Severed Trust. Book Four in The Men of The Texas Rangers Series. 

Two best friends from childhood, and both of them now dedicated lawmen. Cord is a Chief of Police and Ethan Stone is a Texas Ranger. {Yep. This law enforcement wears a cowboy hat. How cool is that?} Together they are fighting a new drug scourge in their community: the pill party.

As I read this story I was reminded of the sheer insanity that rules much of "teen culture" today.
We live in a society that pushes to give kids "freedom" instead of giving them wisdom.

This book is properly painful as you read the descriptions of children whose lives are being decimated by drug use. Their innocence and wholesomeness being stripped away at the ripe old age of 16.
No sixteen year old girl should ever be found on the floor of a filthy warehouse beside an empty pill bowl, uncertain about what she did, what was done to her, what medications are percolating in her bloodstream, and unsure of whether the other "partygoers" are alive or dead.

Cord and Ethan are both deeply invested in this case. This is their town, and they are responsible for the children who live here.  They must trace the hundreds of purloined pills to their source, they must track down which students at the local public high school are responsible for throwing the parties, they must penetrate the lies told by the parents in an attempt to cover for their children... and they must solve the murder.

Severed Trust had a great balance of law-enforcement activity and detective work as well as family struggles and relationship questions.

I found that their personal lives were brought to life very well... I loved Ethan and Sadie's love story!

The characters in this book who were parents, like Ethan's sister Beth who is the mother of 16 year old Lexie and Cord's sister Sadie who is the mother of Ashley and Steven, were good examples of caring and fallible people. They didn't have all the answers for their kids, they didn't always have everything under control. There were things they wished they had done differently, but they put their whole heart into the parent-child dance and they continued to work on that bond even when the child seemed resistant and obstinate.

I also loved watching Sadie wrestle with a particularly unpleasant dilemma that came to be when a piece of her past reappears. Her reactions and then her character growth was something to learn from, as she and her daughter Ashley helped each other through that time.

There were parents like Mary Lou also, who was too busy dealing with her own issues to shepherd her daughter Kelly. She needed help for herself before she could get her focus off her problems and onto her child.  There has got to be a way for the Church to do more and minister more effectively to parents and children who have an upside down relationship like this. There has got to be. The children can't be allowed to bear the burden of a troubled parent all by themselves, and many of those parents probably want to do better, but like Mary Lou they just don't know how to break the cycle.

The ending was a big surprise and generates a lot of thought, I can tell you that.

THANK you Abingdon for my review copy of Severed Trust 

Margaret Daley is an award winning, multi-published author in the romance genre. Until she retired a few years ago, she was a teacher of students with special needs for twenty-seven years and volunteered with Special Olympics as a coach. She currently is on the Outreach committee at her church, working on several projects in her community as well as serving on her church’s vestry.
On a more personal note, she has been married for over forty years to Mike and has one son and four granddaughters. She treasures her time with her family and friends.

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