About the Book
Book: Road to Freedom
Author: Cheri Swalwell
Genre: Christian Woman’s Contemporary Fiction
Release date: October 5, 2021
Sometimes silence speaks louder than words.
Wynn and her best friend Addie have been inseparable since kindergarten. Growing up together in the same community, they shared activities, friends, and even the same job. But behind closed doors, their lives couldn’t be more different.
Zane has loved Wynn for four years. Yet Wynn is adamant she doesn’t need a boyfriend. After all, she will never get married. Ever. In an effort to uncover the why behind her ‘no,’ Zane discovers more than he expected.
When Wynn unlatches the door and allows Holly in as a mentor, will she learn trust is just like riding a bike and find the healing she so desperately needs?
Road to Freedom, Book 4 in The Redemption of Green Pines series continues to disclose the messiness of real life. Join Wynn and her friends as they discover how an encounter with God can bring freedom from fear, healing from pain, and the joy of belonging when we choose to let others into our lives, even, or especially, the messy parts.
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I had no idea what to expect when I picked up Road to Freedom. I had no idea that I would it in almost one sitting, and I had no idea I would have such strong feelings while reading it. Let me just say, Cheri Swalwell does a great job with tackling the issues that she does in this book. I think because it spoke to some of my own personal experiences, it was a little triggering, but I also felt seen and I felt like I could relate to Wynn to a certain extent!
Some of the strong feelings I had were towards Wynn’s family, especially her father. Just how he treats her and her mom was so jarring, but I think it was so because it was realistic and I have met people just like him, and have heard stories from people I’ve met where the men in the family are like this, hypocrites who care about appearances at church. There were times I wanted to throw my kindle against the wall when he was talking to her because of how horrible he was (I didn’t, no kindles were harmed in the making of this review). However, I also applaud the author for tackling the topic of unseen abuse, something which is frequently skipped because it is unseen and doesn’t leave any physical marks.
I also appreciated how the author tackles the topics of church, and different kinds of churches, especially those who are super legalistic, and the churches that are welcoming and teach about God as a loving father. I also liked the discussion about the Holy Spirit, this is a topic that I’ve been struggling with throughout the year. I do believe in the Holy Spirit, but there are some things that I’m still trying to figure out, like whether some gifts have actually have ceased (as I grew up being taught) or if they exist today, etc. Finding a church to go to has also been a struggle, and honestly reading about the church that Zane, Addie and Owen go to made me wish to find a church similar to it.
I liked getting to know Wynn and Zane and watching their relationship grow, especially as Zane finds out more about Wynn’s home life. There were times I got frustrated when Wynn would get upset with Zane and accuse him of being just like her father and would run away. But, I think the big reason that this struck a nerve is because I know I have a tendency to do that too, it’s something I am working on and I am thankful for my patient husband who is helping me work through the past trauma that makes me want to run or fight, but it is hard, and it takes time. I would love to read more about Wynn and Zane, and how Wynn continue to heals from the hurts of the past.
I also loved the other characters that we are introduced to, especially Holly and how she takes Wynn under her wing. I really need to go and read the previous books in this series, because it seems really great, and I want to get to know the people of Green Pine even more.
Overall, while Road to Freedom was a difficult book for me to read because of the emotions it brought up, it was really well written! Cheri Swalwell does a great job of capturing just how trauma can affect various aspects of a person’s life, but she also shows how healing can start to take place by the grace of God. I highly recommend it, however I do caution those recovering from trauma, especially emotional abuse, that it might be a little bit triggering, especially the first quarter of the book. But I still highly recommend it! 5/5 Stars.
*I received a copy of this book from the author and Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest review.
About the Author
Cheri Swalwell is a Christ follower who thoroughly enjoys her calling to be a wife, mother, writer and speaker, in that order. Cheri loves to encourage people through her fiction series and many nonfiction books including devotionals, Bible studies, and compilation books. For a full list of books visit www.cheriswalwell.com. If you want to sign up to her newsletter to stay updated on all the latest news, you will also receive a free gift as her way of saying thanks for joining! To read one of her many articles on life from a Christian perspective, visit her blog at http://www.cheriswalwell.com. She loves to interact with her readers, so send her an email at clSwalwell99@gmail.com. You can “like” her on Facebook as well here or join Heart Speaks with Cheri Swalwell, a private Facebook group where we encourage each other and share life together.
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The Redemption of Green Pines is a series about community. We first meet Wynn and her friends in Journey Back Home when they attended youth group. While Pastor Jace and Holly remain a constant presence throughout all six books, Road to Freedom takes us deeper into the lives of four friends – Wynn, Addie, Zane and Owen, who graduated from youth group and began working for Holly’s catering business. They also babysit the Cooper kids from time to time and have become part of the family.
Since the beginning when we were introduced to Wynn, she carried around a secret she wouldn’t share with anyone, not even her best friend. Road to Freedom is Wynn’s journey of truly discovering who she is as a Daughter of the King, and learning how good it feels to live in freedom instead of burdened by other’s choices.
I hope you enjoy getting to know Wynn and her friends as much as I have!
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