Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | April 25, 2013

Grief makes us behave in strange ways

DarknessMeg and Steve Richards were meant to be together.  In many ways, their lives were just beginning.  Steve had a good job.  Meg was enjoying her nursing job and she was every patient’s favorite.  Steve was rushing home early to begin celebrating their anniversary.

With one phone call, Meg’s whole world comes crashing down.  Steve was killed by a drunk driver—a teenager who was used to his father, the Judge, getting him out of the trouble that he seemed to keep finding.  The son of a powerful and influential Judge, James Thomas was the star athlete at the local high school.  He had his life ahead of him.

Understandably, Meg was angry.  She blamed God and began planning her own form of justice and retribution.  Unashamed of what she has become, she begins to alienate those who care about her and push away those who can help her.  Will Meg give in to her need for revenge, or will her faith in God resurface in time?

In “Darkness Before Dawn”, Ace Collins deals with some powerful emotions—intense emotions—grief and revenge.  He also deals with an issue that is becoming more prevalent in our society—drunken driving and the failure of our justice system to find the right amount of justice to prevent it from happening again.

As I started reading, I wondered how this story could possibly end well.  Then, as the story progressed, I couldn’t wait to see what Meg would eventually do.  Would she destroy a young man’s life because of her grief?  Could she do it?  What difference would it make?

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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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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



  1. This looks like a great book. Thanks for the review.

    BTW–I have 7 giveaways running at my site if you want to stop over and take a look. Hope you have a wonderful week!

    Diane 🙂

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