Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Worthy of Redemption by Krystina Renae Rankin, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Worthy of Redemption
Series: White Lake Romance #1
Author: Krystina Renae Rankin
Publisher: Quirky Bullpen Press
Release Date: October 5, 2021
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
Ashlynn Wilson left the small town of White Lake, Texas after tragedy struck on graduation night, taking the life of her best friend Victoria. Now, ten years later, she returns to help her parents after her father is diagnosed with cancer. When she arrives she finds herself having to face more than just memories after she discovers that the doctor treating her father is Victoria’s former boyfriend Heath Lancaster, the man Ashlynn holds responsible for her death. Even more surprising is that she is beginning to see him as a compassionate man of faith caring for her ill father; not the teenage boy who made poor decisions.
Heath Lancaster has never really forgiven himself for his girlfriend’s death so he isn’t surprised that his former classmate hasn’t either. Now that Ashlynn is back in town, he hopes their interactions can be minimal. However, when a situation arises that she is uniquely qualified for, he realizes they are going to be spending far more time together than either one of them had planned. What’s more, he realizes he enjoys her company. As old hurts turn into friendship, and maybe even love, can Heath prove to them both that he’s a man worthy of redemption?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Krystina Renae Rankin is an author who writes about love, friendship, and what it looks like to walk with God daily. She is also passionate about Christian friendship, spiritual family, and the special needs community. She is an optician by trade and honestly couldn’t tell you how many pairs of glasses she owns. When she is not writing or working her day job, you can probably find her reading, watching baseball, or hanging out with family and friends.
(1) winner will receive a print copy of Worthy of Redemption, White Lake candle by From the Page, and Heath candy bar!
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When Ashlynn was in high school, her best friend Victoria was killed in a drunk driving crash. For ten years, Ashlynn has blamed Victoria’s then-boyfriend, Heath, for the crash. And, she avoided returning to the small Texas town of White Lake because of those terrible memories. She finished her own college education, pursued a master’s degree in counseling, and became part of a practice in Denver. Now back in White Lake due to her father’s illness, she discovers that Heath is there as well. Her hatred and unforgiveness for him haven’t dissipated. And her family still hasn’t come to Christ, as far as she knows; something that was a bone of contention between them as she attended youth group and church in high school. There are a lot of things that Ashlynn doesn’t know and still needs to resolve. How will she begin to work through these, and can she? And she’s not the only one. Heath carries a huge load of guilt from Victoria’s death as well. Is a tragedy like this something that people can work through?
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Kristina Renae Rankin’s Worthy of Redemption. I admit to you that the subject matter (a drunk driving crash) is a slightly tender subject for me since years ago, I was also the victim of a drunk driver’s crash into me. I’m so grateful that I’m here and that I was able to recover from my own injuries. But I do love the question asked by Rankin: is a person who causes a drunk driving crash, directly or indirectly, worthy of redemption?
Of course the answer is “yes.” Paul the apostle said that he himself was the worst of sinners in I Timothy 1:15: “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners — of whom I am the worst.” He goes on to say that he was shown mercy so that in him, the “worst of sinners,” “…Christ Jesus might display His immense patience as an example for those who would believe in Him and receive eternal life.” (I Timothy 1:16) Paul describes himself earlier in verse 13 as once a blasphemer, persecutor, and a violent man. What is his purpose in stating these things, do you think? Wouldn’t it be so that everyone would know that they could come to the cross; that no one is beyond forgiveness or redemption?
So, with my own personal experiences shaping my response to this book, I’d say that Rankin dealt with these issues honestly and truthfully. She doesn’t sugar-coat the immense pain that people who’ve lost loved ones to drunk drivers would feel; or the pain and guilt that drunk drivers themselves would potentially feel. Or, that there is a path of forgiveness that the Christian will eventually have to walk. But she does show the reader that redemption is possible for anyone who comes to the cross of Christ; even a drunk driver.
I do recommend this book! Despite the deep subject matter, she’s created wonderful characters and the reader really does become engaged with them. And the story is a good one, and a true one. I’ll be on the lookout for more from Kristina Renae Rankin!
Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.