A Distant Shore

Atria. Jun. 2021. 384p. ISBN 9781982104351. $26.99; pap. ISBN 9781982104368. $16.99. CF
Eliza Lawrence can barely remember her idyllic childhood in a Mennonite community in Belize; back then, she played happily with her brother and went by the name Lizzie James. Now she has every luxury imaginable and lives at “the Palace” under the watchful eye of her father. As Eliza sees girls come and go from the opulent Palace, she starts to suspect that her life may be little more than a gilded cage. Meanwhile, Jack Ryder is the FBI’s most successful operative against international human trafficking; his newest operation will force him to confront personal demons—including his brother’s death on a beach in Belize. Kingsbury (“Baxter Family” series) tackles her subject with sensitivity, weaving a daring story of love and redemption.
VERDICT It’s good to see Kingsbury stretching her literary muscles to address trafficking from a Christian perspective. Her loyal readers will appreciate that she takes care to write honestly without graphic imagery. For fans of Charles Martin’s The Water Keeper.
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