Atonement Child ~ Francine Rivers ~

What a first choice of Francine River’s novels this is! Having never read one of her books before, I am blown away with her detail and all the elements she weaves together to develop her story. Her beautifully flowing words provoke such imagery I was captivated one chapter in. I just couldn’t get away from it!!

Dynah Carey’s life is just as she’s always dreamed it would be. Engaged to a wonderful man, the daughter of doting parents, a faithful child of God, she has it all.But in one horrific, terrifying moment, terrifying moment, Dynah’s world is shattered by rape, her future irrevocably altered by an unwanted pregnancy, her family torn apart by the tragedy and the long-held secrets it brings to light. As the firm foundations around her shift and crumble, Dynah’s faith is pushed to the limits, and she faces the most momentous choice of her life – to embrace or to end the untimely life within her.

 Abortion is a big thing in our world today. There are those who strongly oppose it, those who condone it, and those who sit in the middle. Francine does a wonderful job of portraying the Christian point of view. Not only that, but the reality of life for the woman after the procedure. Personally, I had no idea it could be so emotionally, physically and spiritually traumatic!! To really empathise with this, I believe you have to have experienced it, either directly or indirectly. I don’t know how many of you have had abortions, so I just want to say that is all this book is about – Dynah’s decision and conflict with herself and those close to her!

This book isn’t about romance. Yes, there is an underlying theme, however it isn’t the main focus. Dynah is! I loved reading about her strength and her reasoning behind the choices she makes. I would like to think that I could be as strong as is whilst being steadfast in my faith! Her turmoil, GUILT, rejection and abandonment make me glad it’s only a story. It’s for these reasons alone that Joe has a special place in my heart. His tenderness, friendship and care made it worthwhile reading. There were times I felt bad for not being able to help Dynah. But knowing Joe was around, gave me purpose. This book really opened my eyes to the world of those dealing with abortion, and the effects it’s legacy is able to have!

For those who have read several of Francine’s books, you’ll know that it is an understatement to say that she has a way with words!! The imagery she provokes had me believing I was watching a movie, no joke!! This ties in well with the character developments and portrayals. They were beyond real! I could feel their pain, frustration and emotions. I felt the same they did, because of Francine’s choice of words. I know that I have just embarked on a great journey with Francine, and I look forward to reading Redeeming Love!!

I feel as if this review hasn’t made the book justice, however I hope you will borrow or but it! READ IT!