Christian - Thriller
302 Pages
Reviewed on 05/31/2020
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Author Biography

C.A. Simonson is a freelance writer and novelist. She began writing nonfiction Christian how-to articles that have been published in multiple magazines across the nation. Her award-winning stories have been published in seven anthologies. Her debut Christian family fiction novel, "Love's Journey Home," was published in 2013. She now has three novels, an anthology, a devotional, and two children's activity books published.

Now retired, she lives in Strafford, Missouri, with her husband. She enjoys assisting other authors with book formatting, self-publishing, and cover design and sharing her technical and writing knowledge with writers’ groups.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Runaway by C.A. Simonson is a heart-breaking story that follows Rose as she suffers abuse and runs away from Nina who despises her so much she decides to give Rose away to a man who finds her flawed. “No man wants a cripple,” are the words he utters that seal the young girl’s conviction that she’s not wanted. When she runs away, an old man offers help, but the young girl senses danger and manages to escape. She is found in a ditch by two elderly women, Faith and Hope, and she believes she has found real love and acceptance. (They are the ones who name her Rose.) Things change when the authorities take control. Can she really find a place called home and real acceptance?

From the very first page, I felt a strong sense of empathy for the young girl. The author does an incredible job of describing her emotions, capturing her forlorn experience with terrific descriptions. The characters are well-developed and readers will really be won over by sympathy for the runaway girl while their hatred for those who abuse children will grow even stronger. The pathos is strong and it is easy to develop an emotional connection with the young protagonist. Runaway is a powerful indictment of the foster care system in the country and a story that creates a strong awareness of some of the pain carried in the hearts of parents without children. C.A. Simonson is a master storyteller and the confident voice will certainly leave no reader indifferent to the message of this novel.

Eli Pope

Well written story that will have you thinking and then rethinking current family service problems and the entire system of what is really the best for the child.
It’s sad that while this particular story is fiction…that there are thousands of stories like this in our reality daily.
Thank you fir for bringing attention to our list children and their hard circumstances.