A Far Way to RunTurnaround in Texas #2
Publication Date May 26, 2022
Genres: Christian Fiction, Suspense
Setting: Texas Contemporary
Written for: Adults
"A Far Way to Run" is a compelling story about overcoming the past to discover your purpose. This novel chronicles what happens when a woman traumatized by a violent sexual assault must make a life-defining choice to continue hiding, or stand up in the face of evil to save a stranger.
Shayne Wright returns to the Texas town where she grew up for a funeral and accidentally gets caught in a human trafficking scheme gone wrong. When she stops to render aid at an accident, she ends up with a gunshot wound to her shoulder and a target on her back when the trafficker believes she stole his money.
Her plan to stay the night at the old family farm becomes complicated when she finds it has been leased to a man working through some past demons of his own. Former military sniper Ethan McGregor is here on a reconnaissance mission for an organization that fights human trafficking. The complications keep coming when her prodigal brother shows up. When he tells Shayne and Ethan he saw a woman being held against her will, Ethan's interest intensifies, thinking this might be the human trafficking he's here to uncover. Shayne, on the other hand, wrestles with trusting her brother.
Her conscience propels her to search for a way to help, but knowing the woman is being held at the place where she'd been assaulted makes her wary. It doesn't help that she's kept the attack a secret. The one person who knows her secret is also obsessed with her. When he abducts her, she finds out her strength to face evil is stronger than the shame she fears.
There is more than one way to bury a person.
The smell of damp earth and the funeral sprays made of freshly cut flowers drifted to the parking area as a wintery wind tussled the white daisies and yellow roses surrounding the soon-to-be occupied hole in the ground. Unseasonably cold air chilled her. The words rattling like bones in Shayne Wright’s head chilled her more.
Her legs—bare beneath the tailored dress she wore—refused to move her away from the vehicle she’d exited. She stared at the crowd of mourners—men and women wearing starched denim jeans and polished boots mingling with suited business executives and the ragtag rabble of the down-and-out or barely-getting-by. They came together as one in the small country cemetery, each here to pay their last respects to Peg Moreland.
She didn’t often find such diversity gathered in unity of purpose in the facelessness of the city she now called home.
That was the beauty of Peg’s life and the blessing of community.
Or so she had once believed.
But coming here was a mistake. Why had she?
The wind carried Reverend Mack Stapleton’s voice across the cemetery, bringing bits and pieces of the eulogy to where she stood.
News of Peg’s passing had come to her the same day Nick Turner had asked her to marry him. The same day the word yes had refused to attach itself to his proposal.
And the day before she awoke from the nightmare, tangled in sweat dampened sheets and fighting to fill her lungs. In her troubled subconscious, she’d stood at the edge of a grave watching herself being buried alive. The gritty sensation of the dirt covering her skin as she suffocated beneath the weight of an encroaching darkness—although only a dream—clung to her long after she’d risen.
That’s why she’d come.
But it was a mistake.
The afternoon sun shone through the bare limbs of the massive oak trees surrounding the cemetery, its light casting skeleton-like shadows that came for her.
She swung the driver’s side door open and ducked back into the safety of the Ford Escape.
Turning the key in the ignition, she relaxed in the soothing comfort of the engine’s vibration.
Out of habit, she reached for her cell phone. Nick would have an answer. He always did. He knew how to help her see what was real. Not the bucolic life of a rural West Texas town. The incorruptibility she’d believed in growing up here was a lie. Wickedness was a disease without boundaries.