The Redemption of Bobby Love: A Story of Faith, Family, and Justice

Mariner. Oct. 2021. 288p. ISBN 9780358566052. $28. BIOG
In this captivating memoir, Bobby and Cheryl Love share the astounding secret Bobby had kept for over 35 years of their marriage: that Bobby wasn’t his real name and that he had escaped from prison when he first met Cheryl. Bobby, born Walter Miller, began committing robberies at a young age and was eventually incarcerated as an adult. He escaped while working on a road crew and made his way to New York City, where he lived under an assumed name. Cheryl also faced hardships during her youth, struggling to maintain her family’s household after the death of her mother. Cheryl and Bobby met at work in New York, married, started a family, and lived a quiet life up until the day the NYPD came looking for Walter Miller. Cheryl tirelessly advocated for Bobby’s freedom when he was sent back to prison while also coming to terms with her own ability to forgive.
VERDICT The Loves’ warmth, humor, and honesty shine from the pages. Their Christian faith plays a large role in their lives, but their struggles and triumphs will resonate with a wide range of readers. The couple were featured on the Humans of New York Instagram account in 2020 and received worldwide attention, so expect some demand. Highly recommended.
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