Deliver Us (Bellewood Series, Book 3) by June Foster
Jillian Coleman, respected obstetrician, and Riley Mathis, felon for selling drugs, are both seeking a means to an end. Jillian is carrying a heavy load of guilt from past circumstances that ultimately reveal an unexpected connection to Riley. He has suffered pain and guilt from his difficult past, though during his imprisonment he became a Christian. Jillian is actively involved in her church, and she and Riley are teamed in a mission outreach program, ministering to teens caught in a world of drugs. Their goals are to direct teens to a better way of life through Christ. Riley's commitment to witness to drug users is as strong as Jillian's desire to reach out in Christian mercy to young women seeking abortions. Their concomitant compassion for others develops into eventual communication regarding their dreams as well as their past secrets.
Some difficult topics are broached in this multi-layered story. Issues dealing with the affects of alcohol and drugs are used to exemplify resultant circumstances affecting those involved, and the damage that ensues. Exploitation is an issue that arises from a relationship between Jillian and a fellow obstetrician who views Jillian as a potential partner in his pursuit of fame and prosperity. The topic of rape and unrestrained physical attraction are used in connection with resultant unwanted pregnancies and sought-after abortions.
June Foster is very talented in her ability to weave a multitude of controversial topics in a positive direction by the use of characters strong in Christian faith and compassion for others. Abuses, resultant circumstances, and final outcomes regarding these issues are developed and resolved with tact and a depth of feeling. This book is the third in the Bellewood series. I have read the two preceding books, and highly recommend the series. There is beauty in adversity throughout these stories that generates satisfying and fulfilling conclusions.