Reviewed by Dayna Davis, Staff Writer

Redemption Road by Toni Sorenson Brown. Published by Covenant Communications, Inc.

I'm sure you've heard me say before that my favorite type of fiction is the kind that teaches you something new. "Redemption Road" definitely does that. This is a book about Lana, who runs to Africa, specifically to the outskirts of Nairobi, in part to get away from her roots, and in part to discover herself, although she doesn't realize it at the time. She starts out the book thinking that she has life all figured out, but as she gets involved in the lives of people she comes to care about, she realizes that perhaps her answers aren't as simple as she thinks and maybe it's her perspective that needs to be changed.

I was humbled and impressed by this book. It is obvious that the author has a deep love for Africa and the people that inhabit this great continent. I became profoundly aware, as I read, of the excesses that I live in. It was a wonderful reminder that I take a lot of things, such as food, shelter, and an abundance of clothing, for granted. I was impressed with how the author has a gift of making her words and story flow like a river. There was a beauty in the delivery that I appreciated.

This is a very different novel than anything else I've read lately. But it was a beautiful book about forgiveness and love and I highly recommend it.