A Touch Of Lust by Michelle Horst
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
5 Cranky Stars
Once again Michelle Horst has flipped the script. She gave us a story about redemption and salvation. That you can be a victim of circumstance or take back your life. Live it to it's full potential even if it doesn't go as planned.
Mila was given to The Order at the age of 13 along with her sister who's years younger than her. She fights daily beatings to repent for sins she doesn't even understand she committed. This grueling brainwashed life goes on for years until one day Mila snaps and flees the compound with the promise she'll come back for Claire.
Flash forward Mila is now a college student yet she hides from life and has numerous fears. The one thing getting her through the day was thoughts of Claire and the life they'll have one day. Then one day Liam makes himself known in her life. He promises beautiful things that Mila doesn't think she deserves.
Liam is familiar with the cults as well. Seeing his mother gave up her life and her kids to live with one. Doing the joint custody with his dad Liam wishes for life outside the walls. He keeps going for his baby sister then tragedy strikes and he's left floating from one day to the next.
He is taken in by his uncle and cousins and shown a new way of life. Liam is now a soon to be college graduate headed to graduate school. He has loved Mila for so long he feels this is his final chance. He comes to learn her secrets and tensions mount.
This book grabbed me. I've always been intrigued by the whole cult and the craziness that comes with it. What happens to the girls or boys who flee? This book teaches us that we are the captains of our life and sometimes we can't save everyone. Ultimately in the end we have to save ourselves. You mourn then you move on and make something new with the pieces. I adore Michelle Horst and her writing this was an excellent story.
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