Friday, September 13, 2013
In Angela D. Meyer’s novel, Where Hope Starts, it is clear that hope can only begin with forgiveness and faith. It is also obvious that forgiveness is a choice.
Young wife Karen Marino wrestles with that choice as she is faced with an abusive husband who has addictions. In fear and deeply wounded from betrayal, Karen goes to the only place she knows to run to: Home. But her own family is fraught with its own dysfunctions that thrust her back into the pain and hurt that lingers from her childhood.
In the midst of her decisions comes a man from her past—her former boyfriend who still seems to carry a romantic torch for Karen. Can she resist the charms of the only man who has never hurt her?
Where Hope Starts is a painfully realistic novel of generational sin that persists in causing hurtful consequences. Yet a few of the family members seem to be recovering from their upbringing and stopping the patterns of sin. These are the ones who triumph over bitterness with forgiveness.
Meyer creates a realistic picture of a family in crisis without sidestepping the tough issues like addictions to alcohol, pornography and physical abuse. She manages to carefully portray each character and their individual struggles without gratuitous descriptions. Yet the pain of the sinful soul is reflected well in the dialogue and musings of Karen and her husband. It is suffering alleviated by submission to God and His plan—even when there seems to be no hope.
It is a sobering portrayal of choices and healing in a world of sin.
Angela D. Meyer lives in Omaha, NE with her husband of twenty-two years. They have two children whom they homeschool – recently graduating their son. She has taught Bible class for over 35 years and is on the leadership team of her local Christian writers group. She loves God, her family, the ocean, good stories, connecting with friends, taking pictures, quiet evenings and a good laugh. Someday she wants to ride in a hot air balloon and vacation by the sea.