Redeeming Honor by E. A. West
Published by Pelican Book Group December 01, 2017
Genre: Romance, Christian, Military
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Meghan Carpenter loves God, her yarn business, and her twin brother Ryan—a former marine who currently lives with her. When she agrees to let his wounded buddy live with them on her small Indiana alpaca farm, she expects an American marine. What she gets is a former Afghan interpreter who’s painfully shy around women. Scarred from the war, both physically and emotionally, Basir Hamidi is grateful for a place to live. But his attraction to Meghan is a problem. With his honor destroyed by events in his homeland, and nothing to offer her but his broken, scarred self, he vows to avoid her and protect her reputation. Yet he is drawn to her with a strength that can only be God’s leading. For a man who has lost everything, letting go of the past is a difficult process. When he must also redeem his honor, his only chance of success is to rely on God.
E. A. West brings her readers a wonderfully quiet story of love, acceptance and the journey to reclaiming honor that was never really lost.
Every once in a while you are given the privilege of reading a book that doesn’t have a lot of drama, danger or passion but speaks to you in a deliberately quiet way. This book is one of those privileges and I was so glad it was offered to me for review. Ms. West begins her story with a self-employed young woman named Meghan Carpenter who operates an Alpaca farm. She is quickly becoming famous in neighboring areas for the high quality of yarn she gathers and spins but she’s a bit lonely so far out from town. Her twin, Ryan, is a former Marine who is staying with her as he recovers from devastating PTSD. When Ryan requests that Meghan allow a fellow Marine to come stay with them as he recovers from his injuries, she has no idea that her heart’s desire is about to step through her door. Basir Hamidi is an Afghan native who earned his Green Card to the United States for his service alongside the Marines in Afghanistan. A fairly new Christian and American, Basir is struggling to find a place in his new country. Unable to shake all the ingrained traditions and customs of his old life, Basir is trying to find balance between what is of God and what was of the Muslim tradition. Basir is searching for a quiet place to call home and eagerly accepts Ryan’s offer to live with him and Meghan. But Basir is not prepared for his heart’s reaction to the sweet and kind Meghan, who is so opposite of his deceased first wife and the other women of his birthplace. Meghan, too, is surprised at her quick attraction to a man she has only ever known by name from Ryan’s conversations about his time in the Marines. As Basir works to overcome his long-held belief system and the expectations he holds for others, he will find that there is much that falls within the confines of “modesty” and “honor” of which he was previously unaware. And as Meghan begins to understand Basir’s struggle to find resolution, she will make it her mission to help him ease into his new life as comfortably as possible. God will use Meghan to stretch Basir’s faith beyond its known bounds and allow Basir in turn to teach Meghan a deeper sense of honor and respect. I loved reading this book as it opened my eyes to the struggle that former Muslims have when they become Christians and, further when they come to the United States. Mind you, this gentleman came to the United States in a legal manner so his journey to full citizenship is one to be applauded and celebrated. And his spiritual journey towards God is one that offers much to be learned by “Western” Christians, including the understanding of real honor, respect and humility. And while this book was not the most action packed, passion laced story I have read recently, I enjoyed it in a different way as I was able to appreciate its concepts in a contemplative manner. I will most certainly recommend this book to others as it has much to teach and share. I’m also looking forward to reading other works by Ms. West as soon as I am able.
I received this E-Book free of charge from Pelican Book Group in exchange for a fair and honest review. I will receive no fiscal compensation from Pelican Book Group for this review.