"Ransoming the Captive" by Traci L. Jones  Lighthouse Writers Workshopragraph here. Listen to me read an except from my newet book!

5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fabulous book for adults young and old.
Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2022
I loved the way the author developed the characters and used dialog in the book. The artful use of language brought the situation and the characters to life. The book gives the reader a chance to dive into painful territory and come out the other side. I loved reading this book. I would love to see it turned into a movie.

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​​Ransoming the Captive

Jazz Sanders has killed her best friend, Landi. Not on purpose, but accidentally while driving home from a party. While most people, including Landi's parents, offer her sympathy and forgiveness, Jazz feels unworthy of either because Jazz has a secret about what she was doing before her best friend sailed through the windshield and died on the road.

Each day Jazz struggles to present a normal face to her family and everyone at school to avoid sympathy and therapy. And each day she thinks about how she no longer deserves love, human kindness, or forgiveness from anyone. Jazz finds herself seeking help at a nearby Catholic church, looking for some guidance in fighting her panic attacks and moments of soul-crushing self-blame.

There Jazz learns about absolution and embarks on a journey of self-forgiveness. She finally settles on trying to emulate the best of Landi by volunteering at the children's hospital where Landi spent every Friday after school. Can Jazz find a way to forgive herself or will she spend the rest of her life punishing herself for Landi's death?

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Traci L. Jones