I have just (literally, seconds ago) finished Deliver, by Tricia Mingerink and I loved it. It was a great way to end the series, and really wraps up all of the elements in a very sweet, memorable way. I'm not sure if Tricia did this on purpose, but I recall that the first book, Dare, began in winter whereas the very last scene of this final story concludes on a starry summer night. I find this is symbolic of the message these series has shown; a message of hope for the lost. No matter what you have done, who you are, where you have been, you are not forever lost. You may be in the winter of life, cold and frozen, but it is going to get stormier before the sun comes out. There is a wholeness that comes from being broken first.
Most authors finish their stories very shortly after the climactic battle, giving you a short epilogue to show that their characters lived happily ever after. But here, the story continued on, because simply winning the battle is not the end. Often times, a lot of sacrifices are made to win, and pain is left behind. In this case, Brandi and Renna have had to endure and see things they shouldn't have had to see and live through, Leith feels deep guilt for his past, and Martyn struggles to let go of his past. Each of them leans on God, and finds that their brokenness is not their weakness, but an opportunity to heal again. They will not be the same, but they will be stronger.
And summer blossoms.
People forgive. Friendships are forged deeper. Relationships bonded forever. Brokenness was only their beginning. Leith and Renna can start a new life together, blessed by God and supported by friends and new family.
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