What they don’t know is that Freedom Oliver is a fake name. They don’t know that she was arrested for killing her husband, a cop, twenty years ago. They don’t know she put her two kids up for adoption. They don’t know that she’s now in witness protection, regretting ever making a deal with the Feds, and missing her children with a heartache so strong it makes her ill.
Then, she learns that her daughter has gone missing, possibly kidnapped. Determined to find out what happened, Freedom slips free of her handlers, gets on a motorcycle, and heads for Kentucky, where her daughter was raised. As she ventures out on her own, no longer protected by the government, her troubled past comes roaring back at her: her husband’s vengeful, sadistic family; her brief, terrifying stint in prison; and the family she chose to adopt her kids who are keeping dangerous secrets.
Written with a ferocious wit and a breakneck pace, Freedom’s Child is a thrilling, emotional portrait of a woman who risks everything to make amends for a past that haunts her still. @goodreads
This book made me cry! Also some mild spoilers, but a lot are in the blurb.
Have you ever heard your soul snap in two? Have you ever cried for so long that you find yourself on the verge of fainting? Have you ever clawed at the frozen earth so hard that your fingernails break off? Have you ever screamed so loud that there was no noise at all, your windpipes simply failing you under the pressure? The reaction of a woman kneeling on the several graves of her one daughter.
I scare away the ghosts of the Thoroughbreds. I scare away anything that dares to haunt this field. And in a way that I cannot explain, I've never felt more alive. In my own daughter's death, I never felt so much more alive than this. Because on the other side of such a tragedy, of such turmoil, of such a long journey, something awaits me.
This book is rough not only with feelings but with the content. Drugs, rapists, horrible people from hell, cults... there is so much. And a woman that was known at one time as Nessa Delaney that before she was a Delaney she was a sweet and smart girl that would have went far. But she got in with the Delaney family and her time for all the goodness ended. Her name now is Freedom Oliver because she is in the witness protection program. She killed her husband, she's a drunk, she had to give up her kids, she wants to kill herself a lot of the time, she works in a tough bar and she just doesn't care any more.
Matthew Delaney has been let out of prison after many years and he is coming for Freedom. The Delaney family has several horrible brothers and a horrific mother. There is only one good boy in the bunch and that is Peter. He is disabled in a wheelchair and they do horrible things to him as well. His mother also steals his disability check so he has nothing. But he is smart and he's going to help Freedom.
Freedom finds out that her daughter is missing. She knows about her kids and who adopted them but they know nothing about her really. When she finds out about her daughter she leaves everything and heads out for the Delaney's because she just knows they are in on it.
Along the way she meets a Native American and his Elder father. She learns a beautiful and sad story from them. I really loved this little stop with them because of the things that were talked about and what Freedom does to help them. It is funny how they meet though. :-)
"I don't understand. . ."
"Rattlesnake bite. Caught you twice, once in the leg, once in the arm."
"So I wasn't shot?"
He raises his eyebrows. "Were you expecting to be shot?"
"Well, I certainly wasn't expecting to be attacked by a rattlesnake and dragged across the desert by an old Indian man."
I wash and get dressed in the bathroom. The rain is dying, the pain is easing. I wrap my money back in rubber bands and splash my face with cold water to get rid of the fuzzy edges of this high before I'm on my way. On the windowsill are magazines: a Native American newspaper, a Reader's Digest, a TV guide. Sticking out of the newspaper, probably hiding, next to a Shoshone crossword puzzle, is the corner of an envelope addressed to Deseronto. My nosy @ss opens it and reads it. Inside is a letter from the county: a final notice from Margefield Properties that because of the 2011 border shift, his property is no longer part of a federal Indian reservation. He owes back taxes of nearly twenty thousand dollars to the state or he will be forced to vacate the premises. I get the feeling his son doesn't know.
I look into the mirror and make my decision.
Just like the government! Well you can imagine what Freedom does and it makes me cry.
Freedom does get to finally see her son again, he's all grown up and Mason, Freedom and Peter do all they can to try to bring down the Delaney's. I have to say, I never saw any of it coming. I really thought I had it pegged and the author takes it to a whole other level. I will say the evil Delaney's won't be evil any more, but there is a lot more evilness going around and it has to come to an end as well. Some really sick, sick people in this book and in real life unfortunately. They all exist out there somewhere!
I really enjoyed the book even though it was sad and some things were hard to handle. There is a happy ending though.
*I would like to thank Blogging For Books for a print copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*
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