Runaway Saint: Review

Runaway Saint

Lisa Samson; Thomas Nelson Publishers

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Book Description

When her aunt shows up homeless on her doorstep, Sara suspects anything but a miracle.

Sara’s an artist with a supportive husband and a house that folks on her block admire outright. But she’s restless and bored with life.

Then her legendary Aunt Bel shows up, wearing a smile after years without a word.

Twenty years ago, fresh out of college, Bel left for a summer missions trip and never returned. Now she’s on Sara’s doorstep, looking for a place to crash. Sara can’t say no to family, even if she hasn’t seen Bel since she was a nine-year-old girl. But saying yes to Bel turns Sara’s whole precariously-balanced life upside down.

The enigmatic Bel gives Sara’s family and their community a jolt of fresh thinking and clarity.

But Bel is hiding something. Though she won’t talk about it, Sara soon learns that Bel has been through a hellish ordeal. And she has the burn marks to prove it.

My Review

Runaway SaintRunaway Saint: Review 1was an enjoyable, but not an easy read. There was family dynamics, a mysterious aunt, and broken and mended relationships. I found that I wanted to keep reading in order to piece the story together. This was a wonderful vacation read.

Lisa Samson is a gifted author who has skill at creating believable, relatable characters. I enjoy Christian fiction, but I enjoy it more if it is not overly preachy, or trying to “sell” religion. Samson is successful in writing a faith filled storyline while remembering that conversion does not equal perfection.

There were several times when I felt that the story lagged, and I wanted to nudge it forward, but overall it was an enjoyable read that I recommend to my friends and readers.




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I'm a Lutheran pastor's wife and mom to six kids, including young adult sons down to 8-year old twin daughters. My life is sometimes normal, and sometimes crazy; but through it all, I know that I am blessed! Some people say that I have my hands full, I prefer to call it living life with both hands full, and I love it!