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Freed to Forgive
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 the 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.
Praise for Julie Cosgrove
I’ve bought Julie B Cosgrove‘s new book and will read it when released. After reading others from Julie, I know this one will be a dynamite read too.
Gay N Lewis, author of the Sara books
Ms Cosgrove writing style weaves into a descriptive story demanding not to be put down. The story arc and the character development are well-toned. Julie B. Cosgrove holds the reader in the palm of her hand. Just when you think all might go well for the main character, another event far worse than the one before befalls her all delivered by the expertly crafted and well-accomplished Ms. Cosgrove.
Victoria Caine Pitts.
The author takes a very real, very dire situation and educates you about it through this book, intertwining edge-of-your-seat twists and turns along the way. She stabs your heart with a strong awareness of the horrific human trafficking problem our country faces by putting it right in front of you.If this story doesn’t tug at your heartstrings and inspire you to get involved, nothing will.
And in the midst of all that, Julie manages to subtly teach a lesson in faith – faith to give God control and wait for his timing,
no matter how powerful your storm.
Believable characters, a plot that never ceases to shock and intrigue, and descriptive visuals are just a few elements that make this book worthy of your time. I highly recommend it to anyone who…well, to anyone, really.
Emily Skeen, romance author
I really enjoyed the way the issues was woven into the story without feeling it was thrown in my face. Cosgrove spent the time to develop the characters enough to make me have that deep connection with them but not get bored, a fine line that a lot of authors cross.
Jessica Higgins, ereader
Julie B. Cosgrove is a great author who knows how to pull at your heart with her writing.
Author Mary Ball
Author Julie Cosgrove has used her amazing word-weaver-skills to paint a story full of intrigue, suspense, and humor…
she has raised the bar for us other authors.
DiAne Gates, author of Roped
Julie Cosgrove is a talented story teller who knows how to create realistic plots and not drag them on and on with needless verbiage.
Violet Wickes, reader
Shoes shuffled towards her. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to frighten you. You speak English?”
She bobbed her head.
He bent down to meet her face. A black shirt came into view as a whiff of woodsy men’s cologne filled her nose. A small, wooden cross dangled from beneath his open collar. Marisol dared to raise her eyes, just a touch. They were met by a warm smile. Two strong hands gently clutched her arms. “Come into the church. We can talk. Perhaps I can help you.”
Alarms went off. No. Never go anywhere with a strange man—ever again.
Marisol twisted from his grip, gaze returning downward.
The man released his hands and held them out, palms up. “My name is Pastor Jake. You can trust me.”
One eye cocked enough to peer into his. Honesty oozed from them, as did reverence, etched by slight crow’s feet. He appeared to be in his late thirties now. A gold band glimmered on his left ring finger.
A shudder raced under her skin. She willed her shoes to move—away from the man, the marquee, and her memories. But they locked to the sidewalk.
His eyes narrowed. “Do I know you?”
Marisol inhaled a shaky breath. Yes, you do. But she’d never reveal it. To do so would dredge up too much sorrow.
Freelance writer, author and speaker Julie B Cosgrove leads retreats, workshops, and Bible studies. She writes regularly for several Christian websites and publications and has been published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul, Faith Filled Family Magazine, Upper Room’s Devozine and Alive Now, The Secret Place, Light from the Word,The Journey and Good News Daily.
Besides freelance writing and editing for clients, Julie has personally published three Bible studies,two inspirational works, a devotional and several novels – Focused (2012), Hush in the Storm (2014) and Legitimate Lies (2015), Freed to Forgive (2015) with Greener Grasses, Navy Blues and a three book cozy mysteries series, The Bunco Biddies coming in 2016-2017.
She is a member of North Texas Christian Writers, Texas Association of Authors, Advanced Writers and Speakers, American Christian Fiction Writers, Toastmasters International, Daughters of the Holy Cross and several web-based author groups Julie has one grown son and lives in Fort Worth, TX with two cats.
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