This story takes place mainly on a therapeutic ranch for abused children, Break Away Acres, owned and operated by Danny Solomon. Danny has a history of severe abuse himself, which allows him to be highly sensitive to the feelings of others who have similar backgrounds. When Phoenix Nichols takes a job as a trail guide, Danny immediately perceives the depth of her troubled past.
The slow pace adds to the intensity of pain and emotional damage the characters struggle to overcome. The author paints a vivid picture of two people severely damaged by emotional and physical abuse and the long, hard journey they embark on to find peace. Trust-building is portrayed in a realistic manner as Danny battles against the defenses Phoenix has built to show her that he is a safe haven and God keeps His promises. The backdrop of Break Away Acres and Phoenix's interaction with the children adds a substantial dimension. The relationship between the characters is definitely a surprise development.
Trial by Patience carries the strong message that victims of abuse need love, compassion, and patience to step out of the shadows of their past and can find peace in trusting God to gain freedom from their fears.
I received a pre-publication copy of this book and recommend it to victims of abuse in any form to help with the healing of past hurts.
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