Individuals tend to react to their personal tragedies in diverse ways. “Darkness Before Dawn” tells the story of Meg who loses her husband in a devastating accident caused by a drunken teen. Her grief takes the form of rage and an overwhelming need for revenge against the young man responsible. Day by day her anger grows, transforming her from a compassionate and loving nurse to a hard-hearted, hate-filled woman that her friends and family hardly recognize. Yet one woman, a terminal cancer patient, looks beyond the anger and continually speaks God’s love and truth into Meg’s life.

“Darkness Before Dawn” is not an easy read and its primary character Meg is difficult to like. The author does not pull any punches with his description of Meg’s reactions or subsequent events but throughout the entire narrative, he inserts spiritual truth that counteracts the lies of the enemy that Meg believes. A story of hate and revenge ultimately becomes a triumph of forgiveness and restoration.

“Darkness Before Dawn” is the first novel I’ve read by Ace Collins but I look forward to reading more of his work in the future. The novel was well-written with believable characters and plot. I’ll admit that I didn’t much like Meg at all but I attribute that to the author’s writing skill. I don’t believe we need to always like or identify with a character to enjoy a book. I would recommend this one to any who are willing to read about how deep in darkness the human soul can descend yet grope its way to the light of dawn through the power of God.

This book was provided for review by LitFuse Publicity.


Darkness Before DawnWill grief push Meg over the edge?

On the same night she discovers she is pregnant, twenty-eight-year-old nurse Meg Richards’s husband is killed in an auto accident caused by a drunken teen. James Thomas comes from one of the most influential families in the community. He’s a star athlete and glamour boy at the local high school. But the accident he caused will change his life—and Meg’s future—forever.

Angered by her senseless loss and facing life as a single mother, Meg blames God for what has happened and considers a decision that could change her life even further. Enraged by the brutal trial and the court’s decision, Meg starts down a frightening path of retribution. When the opportunity for revenge comes unexpectedly, will Meg follow through? Or will the remnants of her faith lead her in a different direction?

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Ace CollinsBestselling author Ace Collins has written more than 60 books including novels “Swope’s Ridge” and “Words of the Father”, as well as the nonfiction “Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas”; and “Lassie: A Dog’s Life”. His books have become movies and network television specials. Ace Collins has sold more than 1.5 million books during his career and makes his home in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

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In his latest novel, Darkness Before Dawn (Abingdon Press), Ace Collins leads readers on an emotionally charged ride from revenge to forgiveness.

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