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Friday, February 12, 2016

Soul's Prisoner

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Soul's Prisoner
(WhiteFire Publishing (December 15, 2015))
Cara Luecht

A Word from the Author:I never planned to be a writer. In fact, it took me a while to finish college. But I did, and here I am. And I now I can’t imagine not being a writer. By day, I am an English Instructor for a local college, mother to four amazing children, and wife to an eternally patient and supportive husband. In the evening, when I can squirrel away some quiet time, I read and write historical fiction. I have a B.A. in English Lit. from UW Whitewater and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ. If you have a question for me, or if you are local and would like me to stop by your book club or writer’s group, please drop me a line via the “Ask the Author” tab. I always love the opportunity to meet with others who share my love of books.


She'll fight for her future...but can she escape her past?
Chicago, Winter, 1891
Rachel is in danger. She s seen too much.
She creeps along the cement walls through the dank underbelly of the asylum. She d never planned to leave her quiet farm life, never thought she d find a place in the city, never imagined she d be in the kind of danger that would have her cowering in Dunning s cold, labyrinthine basement.
Jenny has finally found her place. After a childhood of abuse, she has friends, a real job, and her only wish is to give her adopted son the kind of life she never had.
A life of stability, without the risk and uncertainty of a father.
But when Jeremy, Rachel s brother, stumbles into their warehouse, asking for help to find his missing sister, Jenny s carefully constructed life begins to crumble.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Soul's Prisoner, go HERE.

My Thoughts:
This book was hard to read because it literally fell apart on me.  The binding was not very good and every single page fell out!  With that said, the story was intriguing.  Luecht's second book in the Portraits of Grace series holds a harrowing story of the Dunning Asylum.  Having a background in Psychiatric Social Work and previously worked at a state mental institution, I was extremely interested in the subject matter of the book.  I was curious and did some research on the actual asylum in Chicago.

While Soul's Prisoner could be read as a stand-alone, I felt like I was missing some of the story.  I did not read the first book and felt like I couldn't connect as well with Miriam having not read her story first.  All in all Luecht writes a story full of mystery with well-developed characters. I appreciated getting to "hear" the story from the different points of view.

*I was sent a complimentary copy of the book from the author in exchange for this review.  A positive review was not asked for or expected.  All opinions are my own.

Happy Reading ya'll,