Safe House by Shannon Symonds
Source: Received from Publisher to Review
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book Description: As a victim’s advocate, Grace James is used to rushing into trouble to save her victims from abuse or assault. And with a handsome officer like Joe Hart at her side, Grace is sure there’s nothing she can’t do. But an ominous storm brewing on the Oregon horizon is about to change everything—and bring with it dangers and revelations Grace and Joe never expected.
My thoughts: When this book was presented to me for review, I hesitated. I like the fluffy stuff. A good story that doesn't make me think too hard, that doesn't have uncomfortable subjects.
Safe House deals with domestic violence. Not even close to fluffy. I had to think about reading this one. I am glad that I picked it up. Shannon Symonds has taken on a tough issue and presented a story with intelligence and compassion. It is a good thing for me to read uncomfortable things to learn a little empathy and understanding for others.
This book is written from several points of view. It take a little time to get know the characters and transition alternating stories. The characters have connections with each other. It provides a sense of unity to the story.
The book does contain violence. The characters belong to the same religion (LDS) so there are references to church and beliefs. I do think this was a great book to pick up, and I'm glad that I did.
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About the Author: Shannon Symonds currently works as an Advocate serving victims of intimate partner or family violence. Shannon responds with law enforcement to the scene of domestic or sexual assaults, works with victims, accompanies them to the hospital and provides follow-up care. She is a trained trauma and recovery specialist, has completed the Oregon Coalition training as a professional advocate, has completed training as a parent educator, Head Start Teacher, early childhood education certification and one year program, an Associates Degree with an emphasis in Social Services, has worked and trained as an advocate for over 15 years total. She is the recipient of the Oregon Trial Lawyers award for her work to change housing for victims of domestic violence. She is a confident trainer and speaker, and is comfortable working with the public.
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