“The Return of Cassandra Todd” by Darrel Nelson, Book Review
Turner works at the world famous Mountain View Motel as the handyman, in exchange for rent and home cooked Sunday dinner. He attends the local community college and tries to get by. He loved working at Camp Kopawanee, and really thought he had found his place. He was good at his job, leading wilderness camps and was making a difference in the lives of young people. But then the economy tanked and the church could not continue to pay for the camp, or Turner’s salary.
Cassandra had been the homecoming queen, cheerleading captain and just girl everyone in high school knew would go places. And she did! She married the captain of the football team and moved to Las Vegas where Brad had his own construction business, building multi -million dollar homes. It was the picture perfect life. But then the abuse started, small things at first, but it became more and more violent. And one night he threatens their young son, Justin. That was it for Cassandra. She spent the next several days planning her escape, and when Brad came home late from the bar, a bit drunk, she knew this was her chance. She grabbed Justin and ran!
This story is the details about how Turner and Cassandra battle evil and find hope. For some the story may see a bit farfetched, armed men hunting them, multi state chase and ugly threats. While I do not have any experience with this, thankfully, my daughter worked at a domestic violence shelter in OK for 3 months and some of the stories she told were quite unbelievable, what a man will do to a woman or child, and think is ok. If this type of reading would be disturbing to you, it might be best to choose another book. But God’s protection is evident within this novel, as well as the people who tried to help Cassandra in her escape.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Chosen / Realm Publishers. All opinions expressed are my own.