Renee's Review of Freed to Forgive (by Julie Cosgrove)

Renee’s Review


Freed to Forgive

(by Julie Cosgrove)

The Book, Freed to Forgive:

Shackled by her past, can she be freed to forgive? Abused in her Mexican village, Marisol’s anger is her ticket to freedom in America or so she thinks. But her temper lands her in worse and worse situations. Trafficked and pregnant, she gives up her baby so it can have a better life. Now, ten years later her past returns to haunt her, just when she has caught the eye of Jesse, the one man who wants to know her…and not just her body. Marisol has struggled hard to disguise her past, but will the unforgiving spirit she harbors prevent her from embracing her future? Though delicately worded with veiled descriptions, this faith-based novel does depict some disturbing, yet unfortunately all too common, sex trafficking scenes necessary for the plot.

The Review, Freed to Forgive:

Freed to Forgive is the conclusion of Julie Cosgrove’s trilogy which she began with Hush in the Storm.  These novels as well as Legitimate Lies explore and expose the dark subject of sex trafficking. Freed to Forgive backtracks a bit and recaps the life of a young Mexican girl by the name of Marisol. As Ms. Cosgrove leads us through Marisol’s life, step by step, we get a glimpse of reality.

Although the retelling of Marisol’s story in Freed to Forgive isn’t pretty, it’s necessary. For her to move forward, she must go back. Not to wallow, but to forgive. And in the process, she reveals a side of life many refuse to acknowledge. Her triumph is a true blessing to behold. God’s restoration of Marisol’s an illustration of His movement not only in her spirit but in her emotional, and physical life as well.

I believe every single person should read this trilogy, especially if they’re a Christian. But here is where I caution the reader. This book isn’t for the faint of heart. It contains serious content and topic matter. Sex trafficking, child rape, physical and child abuse, and molestation are hard issues to discuss in an elegant manner.
Although I’m relatively certain this novel should not easily offend, I offer a warning to any victim or person with prior experience at the hand of a molester: the content may cause unwelcome memories and emotions to surface.

Freed to Forgive earns a five star. Well done, Ms. Cosgrove.

The Author, Julie Cosgrove:

Freelance writer, author and speaker Julie B Cosgrove leads retreats, workshops, and Bible studies. She writes regularly for several Christian websites and publications and has been published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul, Faith Filled Family Magazine, Upper Room's Devozine and Alive Now, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, The Journey and Good News Daily.

Besides freelance writing and editing for clients, Julie has personally published three Bible studies, two inspirational works, a devotional and several novels - Focused (2012), Hush in the Storm (2014) and Legitimate Lies (2015), Freed to Forgive (2015) with Greener Grasses, Navy Blues and a three book cozy mysteries series, The Bunco Biddies coming in 2016-2017.

She is a member of North Texas Christian Writers, Texas Association of Authors, Advanced Writers and Speakers, American Christian Fiction Writers, Toastmasters International, Daughters of the Holy Cross and several web-based author groups Julie has one grown son and lives in Fort Worth, TX with two cats.

Visit her website at


  1. This is quite a read. Julie has tackled a very difficult subject and written a beautiful story of finding God's love and forgiveness.

  2. I agree, Ann. This trilogy ended on a powerful note. Julie did a wonderful job addressing a very important issue in the world and our nation. Everyone needs to read her books, especially this one.


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