Freed to Forgive
by Julie B. Cosgrove
Shackled by her past, can she be freed to forgive? Abused in her Mexican village, Marisol’s anger is her ticket to freedom in America or so she thinks. But her temper lands her in worse and worse situations. Trafficked and pregnant, she gives up her baby so it can have a better life. Now, ten years later her past returns to haunt her, just when she has caught the eye of Jesse, the one man who wants to know her…and not just her body. Marisol has struggled hard to disguise her past, but will the unforgiving spirit she harbors prevent her from embracing her future?
Though delicately worded with veiled descriptions, this faith-based novel does depict some disturbing, yet unfortunately all too common, sex trafficking scenes necessary for the plot.
My Review: Ms. Cosgrove’s other two novels is this series Hidden Storms and Legitimate Lies build the story of Jen and Tom and their mission to help young girls caught in the trafficking trade, and are both well written and gripping. However, Freed to Forgive is by far the most riveting in the series.
Marisol who is briefly introduced before is now grown and has overcome her previous and horrific life, but she cannot forgive her parents or the men who brought her from Mexico and especially Roberto who was the Jefe of the operation in the states. Even though he is dead, Marisol cannot be free from her past. The main characters in the previous books come together in this final novel and trust, fear, and acceptance are laid on the line.
Ms. Cosgrove peels the layers away so the reader experiences Marisol’s life both in Mexico and in the states. The young girl endures horrifying experiences, yet she survives. This book is an eye opener on how vulnerability and lies can take away the promise of freedom.
About the Author: Julie B. Cosgrove is a freelance writer, professional speaker and published author. She is a member of Advanced Writers & Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, North Texas Christian Writers, The Christians Writers Group Two, and Christian Writers Fellowship International.
She represents Women at Risk International, a Christian missionary group who sponsor safe houses for women and children snatched from human trafficking and slavery in thirteen countries and is actively involved in Prayer For Freedom, a nonprofit anti-trafficking ministry.