A Week of Reviews|Runaway Saint by Lisa Samson

A Week of Reviews…Day 5

cover38123-mediumAbout the Book: “When her aunt shows up homeless on her doorstep, Sara suspects anything but a miracle.

Sara’s an artist with a supportive husband and a house that folks on her block admire outright. But she’s restless and bored with life.

Then her legendary Aunt Bel shows up, wearing a smile after years without a word.

Twenty years ago, fresh out of college, Bel left for a summer missions trip and never returned. Now she’s on Sara’s doorstep, looking for a place to crash. Sara can’t say no to family, even if she hasn’t seen Bel since she was a nine-year-old girl. But saying yes to Bel turns Sara’s whole precariously-balanced life upside down.

The enigmatic Bel gives Sara’s family and their community a jolt of fresh thinking and clarity.

But Bel is hiding something. Though she won’t talk about it, Sara soon learns that Bel has been through a hellish ordeal. And she has the burn marks to prove it.”

Review: Runaway Saint was a peculiar and yet strangely endearing story. It was quirky and meaningful and touching in so many ways. The mood and movement of the story was easy and continuous. It flowed very well. There was an ongoing build up toward something bigger, deeper, and more climactic. It never stopped with regard to the uncovering of secrets. The more that was revealed, the more I wanted (needed) to find out.

The characters were likable. They each had their own unique strengths and weaknesses. Not just one character, but all of them. Still, it worked. This community of people lived and did life together like a family.

The ending was so unexpected. I never would have thought… What I had imagined was far different from what was to be.

My takeaway was this:

1) Everything has a connection.

2) Love is unconditional and it calls us to do hard things at times.

3) Forgiveness is freedom.

4) Truth is better than secrets.

Rating: 4/5 Stars ****

Recommendation: I would recommend this book to others without any reservations.

A complimentary copy of this title was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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