A Path to Acceptance

The Prodigal Woman Series

Christian - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
272 Pages
Reviewed on 03/11/2023
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

A Path to Acceptance is the second edition in The Prodigal Woman series by Lisa M. James. Forced to turn to prostitution to pay off her parents' debts, Penelope lives her life in an emotionless state. This is the only way she can survive living such an immoral life. Always down on her luck, Penelope can't believe it when a strange man steps up to free her from her prison. His name is Ryland. A mercenary for the wealthy, he is assigned to free her, and that is the end of the job. However, things change when he is forced to take responsibility for her and keep her under his protection. Nothing could have prepared him for his feelings for Penelope. Penelope is praying and working hard to regain her reputation without realizing her unwavering faith is changing Ryland’s approach to religion one day at a time.

Lisa M. James works her magic with Penelope and Ryland. The two of them are complex yet refreshing at the same time. The narrative switches between Ryland and Penelope to give us a good look into their minds and, later on, their hearts as well. The story is fantastic. I loved how it starts subtly but it picks up the pace and adds more charisma to the narrative as it progresses. Penelope is struggling but there is nothing she can do about it. Ryland, on the other hand, has a lot of anger because of his past and how he deals with it in the present. The emotions run high and Penelope struggles to accept what her present has become due to the wrongs of the past. But she is ready to move forward. Ryland is reluctant. A Path to Acceptance proved to be far more entertaining and captivating than I initially thought, and I loved it.

Stephanie Lynn

A Path to Acceptance, book two in The Prodigal Woman series by Lisa M. James, tells the emotional story of Penelope and her mysterious protector Ryland. After being sold to pay off her parents' debts, Penelope had given up all hopes of being freed from her life of harlotry; but just as she accepts her fate, a mysterious man shows up, giving her no choice but to leave with him. He offers her a fresh start in life. Is it worth the risk? Ryland himself has a jaded past and a sordid reputation of his own. Having served as a mercenary for years, Ryland has dark deeds to atone for. Convinced that they are too far gone, beyond all hope of love or forgiveness, could this chance encounter be what it takes to prove them both wrong? It seems the Redeemer might have more planned for them than they’d imagined.

A Path to Acceptance by Lisa M. James is a beautiful story of the power of redemptive love that knows no bounds! I loved meeting these characters. I loved Penelope’s friendship with Ezra and enjoyed watching her with Levi and also seeing her spend time with their wives. This story isn’t an easy read, but the difficult topics are well-handled and filled with wonderful moments of redemption and healing. Penelope’s resilient spirit and humble heart, paired with Ryland’s inner strength and protective nature, make for an exciting read. I liked seeing how they worked together and occasionally butted heads as their journey unfolds. The side characters also add much to the tale, and I adored seeing Penelope become friends with several of them. A touchingly heartfelt story of the true power of love and surrender even when all hope feels lost.