Book Review: “Congo Dawn” by Jeanette Windle

When I started reading this book earlier this week I had no idea that I would finish it so quickly (465 pages). I had no idea that I’d be so drawn into the characters and the storyline that developed. I couldn’t stop reading it!

Congo Dawn is an incredible story that, though it is entirely fictional, teaches so much about the history and culture of the Congo. The story follows a former Marine in her experience as a contracted employee of an international corporation on a mission to secure a mine in the rainforest of the Congo. As she learns more and more about her new boss, she is faced with many moral choices that are not easy to make. She also encounters people from her past that she never expected to see again, and that brings up emotions and raises questions from her past that were never answered. Throughout the book, God’s love and forgiveness are shown to her through the people she meets and she learns how to let go of the hate that has governed so many of her decisions in the past.

The book also deals with the ever-present question of “how a good God could allow suffering” and the discussion was strong and compelling.

My only dislike was the author’s constant use of a major writing pet-peeve of mine–incomplete sentences. Other than that, I found the book to be incredible and well-worth reading. She is an excellent writer and I will definitely be picking up more of her books in the future.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale in exchange for an honest review.

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