B & H Publishing
Jamie Carie’s Angel’s Den is a story that brings to light a common but often hidden issue, telling of one young girl’s nightmare. Carie successfully addresses the topic of marital abuse, showing the shame, fear, and hopelessness that many women experience in such situations. Though the book starts off slowly, the time is used to introduce well-developed characters, such as Emma (Daring) Montclaire, Eric Montclaire, and Luke Bowen and to tell of how they handle this issue from different perspectives.
Like everyone else in early 19th century St. Louis, Emma Daring had been drawn in by Eric Montclaire’s charm, and for some reason unbeknown to her, he had chosen her to be his wife. No one could have told her that as soon as she was lawfully his, Eric’s charm would become her enemy. Who would believe Eric Montclaire to be capable of beating his wife?
Using thoughtful dialogue, two points of view, and an interesting plot, Carie is able to tell the story of two people whose faith in God is the only thing keeping them alive. Emma is trying to figure out how to escape Eric’s control, and Luke Bowen is trying to figure out how he got involved in the mess in the first place. Luke does what he can to protect Emma once he knows what is going on, from strengthening her faith in God to risking his life for her.
Throughout the book, Emma relates her situation to Daniel’s experience in the lions’ den in Daniel 6. In both cases, an innocent person is placed in a deadly situation, and the only one able to save them is God. As stated in Psalm 37:28 [NIV], both Emma and Luke find hope in the Lord’s promise to protect “his faithful ones” when all hope seems lost to them.
In one such situation when they are put on trial for the death of an innocent man, the reader knows the truth, but Emma and Luke have no proof of their innocence. Suspense builds as Eric is obviously winning people over to his side as he always does. Then Carie brings in a twist that catches the reader off guard and proves that faith along with patience was their greatest hope.
All in all, Angel’s Den is a well-crafted novel that many women today will be able to relate to. Whether you know someone dealing with abuse or you suffer from abuse yourself, you can discover how a young woman found the hope of God to get her through such painful circumstances. This is a book well worth reading. It demonstrates that with God, there is always hope. – Nicole E. Dynes, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
In 1808, when Emma meets and marries Eric Montclaire (the famed “most handsome man west of the Appalachians”), this young daughter of prominent St. Louis citizens believes a fairy tale has just begun. Instead, her husband’s angelic looks quickly prove only to mask a monstrous soul all too capable of possessive emotions and physical abuse. Praying for mercy, she is devastated when Eric insists on her joining his yearlong group expedition to the Pacific Ocean, following the trail Lewis and Clark blazed just a few years earlier. By the time cartographer Luke Bowen realizes Emma’s plight, it’s too late to easily untangle what has become an epic web of lies, theft, murder, courtroom drama, and a deep longing for love. Only God can show them the way out.