“Freedom” by Faith Potts

Freedom (Liberty's Battlegrounds Book 1) by [Faith Potts]

Having just returned to American soil from the desert sands of the Middle East, James Greene is done with his life. ‘Double amputee’ doesn’t seem like a strong enough phrase to label the physical and emotional pain he bears. Add the lack of love and communication with his family members, the demons that haunt him day and night, and he can find nothing worth living for. Ending it all is the only way out.

Alexandria Lorance is a not-so-ordinary physical therapist, content with aiding in her patients’ recoveries. Her work gives her fulfillment, but alone in the silence, she still endures the hidden scars of a past, unhealthy relationship. Reminding herself that true healing is found in Christ alone, she seeks to show kindness and love to everyone she meets.When these two broken ones’ paths intersect, the spark of friendship is ignited, bringing hope and joy to both. Can they step out of the darkness of suffering and into the freedom of grace?

A Marine, broken by war. A therapist, scarred by words. A chance meeting in a parking lot bonded them together. But can love grow in these two hurting hearts? Or are they truly too broken to ever find lasting happiness?

Author: Faith Potts
Rating: ★★★★ (Four stars)
Bible translation used: KJV
Controversial: Does mention blood. Uses the words (highlight to view) “retard”, “dope (at least twice)”, “stupid (at least 6 times)”, “darn (more than once)”, “doofus”, “idiot”. Alexandria goes by “Alex”. The phrase “oh God” is used. Dancing with the Stars, and Princess Bride are both mentioned along with an un-named Hallmark movie. The contemporary band MercyMe is mentioned. Lyrics from In Christ Alone appear in chapter 18. Uncle tells fib, but asks for forgiveness. Characters do dance. Alexandria does wear pants.
Romance: Highlight to view Unmarried characters James and Alex are alone, including one time when he stayed the night (in separate rooms) you’d have to read the story to understand, but I did not like that at all. They hold hands, hug, and kiss (not on lips) several times. At least two kisses (one after engagement and other after marriage) are mentioned. 

Age: 15+
Oh, this book!!!! Ms. Potts did a wonderful job. The topic of this book is suicide, so I was nervous on how Ms. Potts would handle the topic–and she did it very well. It’s not sugar-coated, it’s the TRUTH. It may be a little much for sensitive/young readers. The description inside this book were WONDERFUL! I literally put the book into a movie in my head.  My heart ached for the sadness/pain/trials James had had. 
I didn’t care too much for the names used (in the “Controversial” section). There was a few places where I got nervous because of the romance, but it didn’t go to far (a bit more than I like in some places, though). Like I said above, I did not like how James stayed at Alex’s apartment, even if it was because of a rough night. I was really confused in the beginning since Alexandria goes by Alex (I don’t like “gender neutral” names). In all, I really enjoyed this book, and cannot wait for a sequel (looks like I’ll have to wait, though).

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