Let get started with the Child of Darkness, Prologue in New England, 1835 as young Sarah meets her Dad for the first time.
So eager and anxious to please her handsome Daddy. Then when he isn’t pleased, she is sure it was her fault and mama was so sad.
It gets very dark as mama, who was distant for months all of a sudden is on top of the world sends poor Sarah on a trip with Cloe to the Seaside.
How sad is that? Mom chooses the Man.
Confused and worried Sarah knows that the Man she had once called Dad is coming back to visit mama and NOT Sarah. Mama’s so happy that she is willing to send her sweet child away with the likes of her maid, Cloe.
Cloe showed her true colors as she returns to a life she had left of drunkenness and bar room life when Merrick took her and used her once again, leaving young sweet innocent Sarah out in the hall vulnerable to a very scary way of life.
I was so upset and cried for her that she was left and forgotten out there all alone. Leaving there having not even seen the ocean, she was forever a changed young girl.
Her eyes were opened by Cloe telling her God’s truth.
“All men want to do is use you. When you give them your heart, they tear it to shreds. None of them care. Take your fine papa. Does he care about your mother? “
Arriving home Sarah discovered that Cloe was right once again.
Her and mama were leaving the grand home that Alex had provided and heading to a new way of life. Mama was beyond heartbroken and having to crawl back home to her parents was the last thing she had hope for.
Arriving at her grandparents’ home, humbled and in despair, it was made clear that Mama and Sarah weren’t welcome there.
Sarah finds out real quick what poor and lonely life you have without someone who loves you.
Oh, Mama tries to love Sarah and provide for her but in the end Sarah sees how Cloe was right about God’s truth once again.
At only 8 years old Sarah is all alone and without love from anyone. Heart breaking isn’t?
Moving in to the Dukes home, now orphaned, she was told things would be grand and she would be loved again and safe.
By morning, Sarah knew that Cleo had told her God’s truth about everything.
Once again God’s Truth was revealed to her in ways we aren’t even told. We are only left with our imagination of what life was like with the Duke.
I cried and cried when Rad foolishly thought he was doing the right thing.
I know this first start of the book is dark and hard to imagine yet we all know how true it can be.
I promise if you stay with it the next part “Defiance” isn’t as dark. It will still be sad as we come to know Angel, a hard, tough, women who has come to know God’s truth to be very real.
As an 18 year old adult now in 1850, she has made sure no one can enter her life or heart.
She has only one defense and that is to never feel love again.
Because she had seen and lived what is God’s truth.
- Why do you think Angel’s mother stayed in a relationship that was damaging to both her and her daughter?
- What kept her there? Are there beliefs or attitudes that you struggle with, that you know are damaging to yourself or others? Why hold on to them?
- Read Psalm 116:16-17; 118:5; 119:45; 142:7; Romans 6-21-23; and Colossians 1:21-23.
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