Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Wolves Among Us
Author: Ginger Garrett
Publisher: David C. Cook
Release Date: April 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Historical Suspense
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate/Intense
Ginger's Website/Blog: www.gingergarrett.com
Religion is often a subject people are wary to speak about. We all have our own beliefs, some similar, others different. It was just as much a controversy back then as it is now. Author Ginger Garrett takes us all the way back to 1538, to Dinfoil Village located at the southeastern edge of the Black Forest in Germany; a once quiet little village that soon gets corrupted by the controversies of faith.
It all begins with Father Stefan, the village priest. He teaches faith to the villagers by spreading passion and love for God. At this point in time the villagers followed him and believed in his words. He helps anyone that comes to him for confession, but one woman in particular holds far more faith than the priest is ready to handle.
Mia is a hard working wife to her husband Bjorn, the sheriff, and a doting mother to her sickly child, Alma. She’s told constantly that she’s not being a good wife and that she prays for Alma’s sickness far too often. The weight of the world is on Mia’s shoulders and the only person she can turn to is Father Stefan.
Suddenly, two people turn up dead, a man named Cronwall and his wife, Catrina. and, unfortunately for Mia, she was a witness to the murder of Catarina outside of her home. In order to find the murderer, Father Stefan decides to bring an Inquisitor to the village by the name of Father Bastion, who soon bring the subject of witchcraft to the forefront of the villagers' minds. He first claims that a witch is the reason for Alma’s sickness, and miraculously when he says he caught the witch who cursed Alma, the little girl is suddenly cured.
No longer are the villagers believing in Father Stefan’s words, they are completely hooked on Bastion. The witch he claims cursed Alma was Rose, a friend of Mia’s once upon a time who suddenly resented her out of the blue. Even though the woman was with child they still burned her at the stake, and not a soul in the village tried to stop it.
Soon everyone is consumed with the thought that more women in their town are witches, and Mia finds herself torn between believing in Father Stefan or going with her husband who agrees with Bastion's fiery words. Bastion tests her faith and her desire as more and more girls from the town get thrown into jail, accused of being witches. When a witch named Ava shares her secrets with the good Father Stefan, and another woman ends up drowned, he must step in and try with all his might to convert the villagers back to their faith.
Mia, consumed by desire and confusion, runs with her daughter Alma in her arms to escape the husband who would never love her, the man who wanted every part of her, and an odd "witch" that she would end up putting her trust in.
In the end it’s all about what people believe. They must choose between succumbing to evil and letting people be burned for committing no crimes, or letting faith guide them to what is right.
This book is extremely well written. The powerful suspense and dramatic imagery keeps the reader's interest from the first page to the last word. The author is so good at leading her subjects through a maze of questions with the biggest one being who will win this war of faith, and who has been the hidden wolf among the sheep the whole time. Enjoy!
Until next time,
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