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Reviewed by Amy Raines for Readers' Favorite
Anna: Waiting for Redemption by Gail K. Bell is the story of a child brought into the world unexpectedly, only to face a harsh life. William, Anna’s father, is a mechanic who leaves his wife and child in search of a better job with better pay. Rather than sending for them as he had promised, William asks Jeanne for a divorce. All alone, Jeanne tries to make ends meet by getting a job. Jeanne made arrangements for Anna to stay with her Uncle Henry while she was at work. The abuse Anna suffered at the hands of her uncle threw her into a depression and she began having nightmares, but she kept silent about what Henry was doing. The pain and despair haunt Anna even after Jeanne remarries and they move away from Henry. She begins to blame God for all the things she had been through and the shame and humiliation she felt all the time. With more and more problems building up inside her, Anna goes to college, thinking a new start will finally bury the past. Will Anna ever find peace? Will she find someone to confide in that will listen and understand, no matter what? Will Anna find redemption for her past?
Anna: Waiting for Redemption by Gail K. Bell is an excellent and inspirational story with a well-defined plot that takes a troubled girl through one terrible experience after another. This story has a variety of characters with individual traits that make them stand out in their roles. I love how Bell described the things Anna went through without being crude or vulgar, which is relatively difficult given the nature of abuse Anna suffered. My favorite thing about this story is how Bell introduces religion into the plot so that the reader can enjoy and understand it even if they don’t believe in Christianity. I highly recommend Anna: Waiting for Redemption to anyone of an age of understanding. Bell’s story will undoubtedly inspire victims to seek help and find faith.