Kelsey is a 29-year-old survivor. Nearly a decade before the story begins, she was living her dream life with her dream guy when, while searching for her missing sister, she was kidnapped by human traffickers. I won't tell you anymore because I don't want to ruin the story, but I can tell you this: Kelsey is a survivor.
The very idea that in 21st century America there could still be slavery, and that 21st century Americans could be a part of it–slaves or slavers or customers–sickens me. Frankly, once I began delving into this subject, I almost wished I hadn't. It's simply too horrible. Unfortunately, it's also very real.
I hope that in Innocent Lies, I've captured at least some of the emotions and scars that would come from having been held in captivity and forced into slavery–the fight to survive and the desire to be free, not just of the captors' chains but also of the chains of shame and fear that would bind a victim of human trafficking.
Let's face it: shame and fear are chains that bind almost all of us to some degree. If someone like Kelsey can be free of them, then so can I. So can you. In Christ, all of us can be free.
One of my favorite Bible verses speaks to this very subject. “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1).
In Innocent Lies, Kelsey fights for freedom from her past, but also freedom from those invisible chains. I can't wait for you to read the story and see how it works out.
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“Kelsey huddled in the corner, tried to make herself invisible. Outside, she heard a muffled voice, a shout, and the pounding of footsteps across the porch. Then, the unmistakable jingle of keys. The lock turned. The door opened. And her last chance for escape melted like snow.”
–Robin Patchen, award winning author of Finding Amanda and Convenient Lies.
When Eric finds eight-year-old Daniel alone in the woods, he has no idea where the boy came from or how he's survived the wintery New Hampshire weather. He figures once he hands the boy off to child services, his part in Daniel's drama will be over. He couldn't be more wrong.
Kelsey sneaks into Nutfield with a goal and a secret, but when she's arrested and sees Eric, her first and only love, all her plans to expose her enemy fall apart.
Together, Eric and Kelsey fight to protect Daniel, an innocent child caught in a dangerous game. Can Eric help Kelsey bring down her enemies without risking his heart…again? Will Kelsey have to walk away from the only man she's ever loved…again?