Tuesday, August 8, 2023

THE GIRL FROM THE PAPERS by Jennifer L. Wright, Reviewed by Paula #ReleaseDay

Bea has had a hard life growing up with poverty and a self righteous, abusive step-father. Things only get worse when she, her sister and mother flee to Dallas, Texas. She puts her hope in her new beau, Jack, who only leads her down a worse path.

Ms.Wright conveys the heartache that Bea goes through in a way that makes you see criminals from a different perspective. And she shows the many times Bea was confronted by Christianity, with varying results. This is a hard story to read; it gets you inside the motivations and sinful actions of Bea and Jack. Yet you can see how God used Allie to witness to Bea and showered her with kindness. The author shows how low a person could get before they reach bottom, take responsibility for their actions and let God be their Savior instead of misplacing their adoration while seeking fame and fortune from worldly things

This book was extremely well written with characters that come alive on the page. It makes you think about how you might influence someone for Christ by being their neighbor and showing compassion.

Ms. Wright always writes deeply insightful and thought provoking stories.

*I won a copy of this book from Library Thing. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*5 stars and a strong faith thread.
BackCover Blurb:
Inspired by one of America’s most notorious couples, Bonnie and Clyde, Jennifer L. Wright delivers a riveting tale set during the public enemy era of the Great Depression.

Beatrice Carraway has dreams. Although she’s aged out of the childhood pageant circuit, she’s intent on carrying her talents all the way to the big screen—if only she can escape the poverty of West Dallas first. But as the Great Depression drags the working class further and further under, Beatrice struggles just to keep herself, her mother, and her younger sister afloat. After a string of failed auditions, she feels defeated.

And then in walks Jack Turner. Though Beatrice is determined to pull herself up by her bootstraps, Jack has decided on a different path out of the gutters. It isn’t long before Beatrice is swept into an exciting and glamorous life of crime beside the man she loves. Keeping one step ahead of the law, she sees her dreams of fame come true when her name and picture are plastered in newspapers across the country. Yet as their infamy grows, the distance between them widens. While Jack begins seeking bigger payouts and publicity, Beatrice starts to long for a safe, quiet life and something deeper to fill the emptiness in her soul. But when the danger of Jack’s schemes ratchets up, Beatrice fears her dreams—and her future—will end up going down in a hail of bullets.
Tyndale House, August, 2023
Available in digital ebook, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook

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