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The day Sadie Thompson finds her high school student, Lexie, asleep in class and can't wake her is the day she realizes how entrenched a prescription drug ring is in her school. As Sadie is pulled into doing something about the growing problem, she becomes involved with Ethan Stone a Texas Ranger who suspects the drug ring reaches far beyond the high school. Helping LexieThe day Sadie Thompson finds her high school student, Lexie, asleep in class and can't wake her is the day she realizes how entrenched a prescription drug ring is in her school. As Sadie is pulled into doing something about the growing problem, she becomes involved with Ethan Stone a Texas Ranger who suspects the drug ring reaches far beyond the high school. Helping Lexie recover from the overdose, Sadie feels she is making a difference until the 16-year-old's best friend dies from the apparent mixing of various prescription drugs. Lexie doesn't think her friend took her own life, but her relationship with her Uncle Ethan is precarious and she doesn t know if either he or Sadie will help her discover the truth....

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Severed Trust Reviews

  • Iola
    2019-04-02 15:58

    High school football star Jared Montgomery is found drowned in his car, and it looks like foul play. Texas Ranger Ethan Stone joins local chief of police Cord Thompson in unravelling a case that involves prescription drug abuse at teenage ‘pill parties’ and an attempted murder in a case that is too close for comfort for Ethan and Cord, especially when it becomes apparent that Ethan’s niece and Cord’s sister might be at risk.Severed Trust was a fast-paced and exciting read, and once I’d started reading I didn’t want to put it down (always a good sign). There was a complex plot, with a combination of suspense (prescription drug abuse and murder), relationship issues (between friends, and father-daughter), and a little romance. The Christian aspect was understated and not at all preachy. There were a good set of characters, all of whom felt very real and not at all stereotypical. Despite all these good things, I had two problems with Severed Trust. First, there were a lot of characters, and I had trouble keeping them all straight at times. This is partly my own fault. I read fast anyway, and I read especially quickly when the book is as fast-paced and exciting as this. My second problem was at the end, when it seemed that a character was added out of nowhere. This is the fourth book in Margaret Daley’s Texas Ranger series, and can easily be read as a standalone as the series is related by theme rather than by characters. Each story features a Texas Ranger (surprise!) facing a challenging criminal case, and hopefully finding a little love. The other similarity is the cases: each book deals with an issue facing modern teens.Thanks to Abingdon Press and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review. You can find out more about Margaret Daley at her website.

  • Shannah Mauney
    2019-04-19 16:08

    This is another excellent book by Margaret Daley, and the perfect conclusion to the Men of the Texas Rangers series. At times, the story had me gripping the edge of my seat. There were a couple plot lines running through the story, and the author did an excellent job of bringing everything together to a satisfactory close. See my full review:

  • Dawn
    2019-04-19 17:51

    Very good!

  • Danyelle
    2019-04-14 19:55

    Sadie Thompson, a high school teacher, is thrust into the issue of drug abuse after a beloved student dies under suspicious circumstances and everyone feels the sting of his loss. She becomes more aware of the ever growing problem of prescription drug abuse by teenagers and is determined to help eradicate the problem to help current and future students be safe in school. Because of her determination to stifle the problem, she's put in the crosshairs of some nasty pranks and she might need help if those threats ever come true. For Texas Ranger Ethan Stone this wasn't the case he wanted after just moving back. However, the case becomes personal when Ethan's niece, Lexie, is drugged in an attempt to silence her of what she knows. After this Sadie joins up with Ethan and they discover that the drug ring goes way deeper than just Sadie's high school. They also must work together to help Lexie piece her life back together from the betrayal and hurt that has been piled on her. Progress is made until Lexie's best friend commits suicide, or so it looks to the authorities. When Lexie confides in Sadie about her doubts about her friend's death, Sadie tells Ethan and they work together to stop abuse and a murder before they have another crime scene on their hands. Their closeness brings them together and their digging puts them in danger but they're not going to stop until they stop the drug ring completely. Will Ethan and Sadie be able to find out who's responsible for all the deaths or will they lose another person before they figure it out? Will Ethan and Sadie be able to have a relationship or will circumstances and a brother keep them apart? Can Lexie help find her friend's killer and help stop another from dying or will she keep information to herself? Can Ethan and Sadie stop the drug ring or will it still go strong?--------------------------------- I believe this is the first book I've ever read by Margaret Daley and I must say that she did a very good job at making a very believable storyline and mystery. Her choice of topic is an interesting one and one I don't think many know even exists let alone is a big problem in our culture. She did an amazing job at capturing the severity of the topic and forming a believable suspense from it. It really asks the question how far would you go to keep your secret? Like most suspenses written by women, this boom has some romance to it. Also like most suspenses, the romance takes second stage to the actual mystery and that's how I like it. Actually I got two small romances out of this novel, but the main focus was on Sadie and Ethan, their investigation and romance. I thought that their love was sweet and made sense and I loved it. The suspense isn't very intense which means that the majority of the book is spent with threats and secrets and not much action which can make the book drag on a bit at points. However, the action points are nicely handled and the end if the suspense was a perfect end to the mystery. The author also chose to make the murderer almost impossible to figure out as they are only really mentioned once or twice throughout the book. I was actually a bit surprised at the author's choice for the killer and their motive. The killer was handled excellently. I think the topic of this novel is one we should all pay more attention to, our prescriptions and potential abuse. People think that their child would never take their pills but peer pressure is very strong and you never know what your children might decide to do with the right coaxing. That's why anyone that has a child that lives at home needs to be aware of their medications, even ones that seem harmless or ones that don't seem desirable. Keep track of how many you actually have and if you have medication that you don't use anymore, properly dispose of it instead of letting it sit in your medicine cabinet ready for the taking. If every one of us does this maybe we can at least deter substance abuse, at least in our own homes. This book carries a heavy cautionary tale that we should all take seriously. The author is a new one for one but this book, even though it wasn't the best I've ever read, definitely made me want to read the other three in the series and see what other serious and fatal topics that this author broaches. The fact that she chose a topic that isn't widely known or light made me a fan an gives her major points in my book. If all of her books are like this you can expect to see more reviews for books of hers popping up on this website. Overall, even though this book wasn't perfect, the topic made this book memorable and because of that I gave it more points than I normally would've given it. This book is perfect for fans of Margaret Daley and suspense or people who want fiction novel that will show them the dangers of prescription medication abuse. This book is definitely best left to the adults but teenagers could read this to show them what could happen if they start taking medication that isn't theirs. I give this book a four out of five. *I reviewed a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

  • Julie Patterson
    2019-04-06 00:03

    Fast paced and exciting I have read all 4 books in this series. This author is great in her writing and all 4 books have me wanting to read more from this author. I love theses books about Texas rangers.

  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    2019-03-27 21:59

    It's the latest "in" thing. But first you have to be approved by those that are already part of this exclusive group. Funny how it has to happen that way but in order to ensure security within the group it has to be this way. Oh and you do have to bring along a little something to contribute to the party as well. Welcome to a pill party. Now that you have been approved based on who you're dating, you are expected to bring along whatever happens to be in your medicine cabinet. Don't take too many pills from those bottles as we don't want others to notice they are missing, but maybe one or two for now. They can be anything, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, blood pressure medicine or even pain pills. Just make sure no one sees you taking them and we'll see you there. Make sure you don't tell anyone either or else!Such is the premise behind Severed Trust by best selling author Margaret Daley in the fourth book in her Men of the Texas Rangers Series. We are immediately introduced to Kelly Winston who finally has her shot with the popular kids in Summerton High School. Now dating a football player, Jared Montgomery who literally has everything going for him including the fact that his dad Bradley is one of the town's richest men and who also owns the largest ranch in Texas. Now Kelly just has to make it through this party with Jared who ensure her that he won't let anything happen to her. He loves her after all and this is a way for Kelly to get to know his closest friends. Armed with a handful of prescription pills that removed from their parents medicine chests, they arrive at the party to contribute their pills to a large bowl in the middle of the abandoned warehouse. The goal of the party is to take a handful of the assorted pills and drink them down with a beer and see what happens. Jared tells her nothing bad has ever happened. Most of the time, kid's don't experience anything at all; some get a temporary high or others simply sleep off the effects. However Kelly questions just how right any of this is, but wanting to be a permanent part of Jared's future, she decides to take a risk. Only tonight things will take a dramatically different course. When Kelly wakes up she finds Jared cold and laying on the ground of the warehouse. She hears someone mention he is dead and that they have to get him out of the warehouse. Kelly knows she has to get out of here before anyone finds out, so she calls her best friend Lexie to come give her a ride. She makes Lexie promise not to say anything about picking her up, but when she arrives home, the police are waiting for her. It doesn't help that Lexie's uncle is Ethan Stone, a Texas Ranger and her dad, Cord, is the chief of police. Just how can she find her way through being loyal to her best friend and doing the right thing, especially when Jared's body has been found in the lake. Now it leads Lexie to wonder just what Kelly and Jared were up to and Kelly doesn't want to talk to her about anything that happened that night. In fact, Kelly goes as far as telling the police that she came home after her date with Jared and she doesn't know what happened after he dropped her off. But soon clues begin to point Ethan and Cord to the fact that Jared was murdered and his father will pull out all the stops to ensure that the murderer is caught. I received Severed Trust by Margaret Daley compliments of Abingdon Press for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable one and the opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own. This really opens the readers eyes to what may in fact be happening in schools all over the country. With illegal drugs becoming harder to come by, "pill parties" are becoming the latest thing for middle school and high school students to be involved in. We already know how easy it is for some kids to become addicted to prescription drugs but this is a chilling look at the dangers that may be happening right under our own noses. Once again Margaret Daley takes this novel into a sensational suspense thriller and completely leaves you guessing at what is happening until it all falls into place at the very climatic ending. Makes you wonder how far you'd go to cover for your friend when you give them your word? I'd rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and think it definitely gives parents another conversation starter to have in their own family to prevent this kind of thing from happening to those we love and care about.

  • Lisa Johnson
    2019-04-15 17:03

    Title: Severed Trust (Men of the Texas Rangers Book #4)Author: Margret DaleyPages: 320Year: 2013Publisher: AbingdonThe other novels in this series, which I have read, are outstanding and are titled, Saving Hope, Shattered Silence and Scorned Justice. This is a breathtaking, heart-racing work of fiction with the action centered on a group of teens partying with alcohol and stolen prescription drugs. Running alongside that plot is the mysterious death of a student. With no evidence or leads, the law is looking at all possibilities. As the tale progresses, home situations, drug theft, lives being in peril with still no clear answers are just a few ingredients that will keep the audience turning pages late into the night!For me, it wasn’t until the last couple of pages that the clues and possible subjects along with motive began to come together. It was intriguing the way true romance along with the theme of forgiveness was woven into the writing. While a couple of the teenage characters were victims of threats and bullying, seeing some of the same and different teens turn towards the Lord while evil lurked in the hallways was refreshing.Margret Daley is a truly inspiring writer with novels that reflect current events in society. She brings hope, healing and the Lord into her works. Reading novels that have Texas Rangers in them is a favorite pastime of mine because of the long history these brave men have. In this particular book, we see a single mom work hard to raise her twins and go to college in order to take care of her children. Another single parent has turned to other avenues, and while she provides for her daughter, she is mainly absent.There are some places in the story with sobering endings to some of the fictional characters, but this never distracts from the story. If anything, the author uses the tragedies as a foundation for ways in which her adult characters can reach out to the teens they encounter every day. Along with that is the call for parents to be aware of what their kids are really doing plus who their friends are that may influence them down the wrong or right path.Enjoy Severed Trust along with the other three books in this particular series as each one brings hope, enjoyment in reading and reminders that the Lord never leaves us. To me, it appears this could be the last novel in this series, though I truly hope not as I have absorbed each one as they were released! However, knowing this talented author, I am sure she has her next project already lined up and ready for her readers to enjoy.My rating is 5+ stars.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo... . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at

  • Faith
    2019-04-21 20:51

    Severed Trust. Book Four in The Men of The Texas Rangers Series. Two best friends from childhood, and both of them now dedicated lawmen. Cord is a Chief of Police and Ethan Stone is a Texas Ranger. {Yep. This law enforcement wears a cowboy hat. How cool is that?} Together they are fighting a new drug scourge in their community: the pill party.As I read this story I was reminded of the sheer insanity that rules much of "teen culture" today.We live in a society that pushes to give kids "freedom" instead of giving them wisdom.This book is properly painful as you read the descriptions of children whose lives are being decimated by drug use. Their innocence and wholesomeness being stripped away at the ripe old age of 16.No sixteen year old girl should ever be found on the floor of a filthy warehouse beside an empty pill bowl, uncertain about what she did, what was done to her, what medications are percolating in her bloodstream, and unsure of whether the other "partygoers" are alive or dead.Cord and Ethan are both deeply invested in this case. This is their town, and they are responsible for the children who live here. They must trace the hundreds of purloined pills to their source, they must track down which students at the local public high school are responsible for throwing the parties, they must penetrate the lies told by the parents in an attempt to cover for their children... and they must solve the murder.Severed Trust had a great balance of law-enforcement activity and detective work as well as family struggles and relationship questions.I found that their personal lives were brought to life very well... I loved Ethan and Sadie's love story!The characters in this book who were parents, like Ethan's sister Beth who is the mother of 16 year old Lexie and Cord's sister Sadie who is the mother of Ashley and Steven, were good examples of caring and fallible people. They didn't have all the answers for their kids, they didn't always have everything under control. There were things they wished they had done differently, but they put their whole heart into the parent-child dance and they continued to work on that bond even when the child seemed resistant and obstinate.I also loved watching Sadie wrestle with a particularly unpleasant dilemma that came to be when a piece of her past reappears. Her reactions and then her character growth was something to learn from, as she and her daughter Ashley helped each other through that time.There were parents like Mary Lou also, who was too busy dealing with her own issues to shepherd her daughter Kelly. She needed help for herself before she could get her focus off her problems and onto her child. There has got to be a way for the Church to do more and minister more effectively to parents and children who have an upside down relationship like this. There has got to be. The children can't be allowed to bear the burden of a troubled parent all by themselves, and many of those parents probably want to do better, but like Mary Lou they just don't know how to break the cycle.The ending was a big surprise and generates a lot of thought, I can tell you that.THANK you Abingdon for my review copy of Severed Trust.

  • Victor Gentile
    2019-03-24 20:51

    Margaret Daley in her new book, “Severed Trust” Book Four in The Men of the Texas Rangers Series published by Abingdon Press takes us into the lives of Ethan Stone and Sadie Thompson.From the back cover: Is it suicide — or murder?When a popular high school student dies under mysterious circumstances, teacher Sadie Thompson is not only pulled into the growing problem of prescription drug abuse but also becomes involved with the Texas Ranger investigating the death. Through Ethan Stone Sadie discovers the drug ring reaches much further than just into her high school.After Ethan’s niece Lexie is drugged in an attempt to silence her, Sadie helps Lexie piece her life back together. They make progress until Lexie’s best friend commits suicide–or so it looks to the authorities. When Lexie confides to Sadie about her suspicions concerning her friend’s death, Sadie and Ethan find themselves in a desperate race to stop the abuse — and a murder.I like stories that involve The Texas Rangers. It does not matter to me what time period the story takes place in just so that it involves them. There is a certain personality to this group that captures my attention. Let me say this right off, Margaret Daley does not disappoint! Drugs! Not the prescription kind, the kind that does terrible things to the body and turns it into an addict. A criminal group is targeting High schoolers with their evil pills and Ethan is trying to combat them. Sadie is just trying to teach but her “kids” are involved and they drag her into the investigation. Now the two of them with some help from Lexie are going to try to put an end to this epidemic. I think that “Severed Trust” is her best work yet. Ms. Daley knows how to ratchet up the tension so that your nerves are strung tight as you work with Ethan and Sadie to break the organized crime ring that has a death grip on their teenagers. “Severed Trust” is a thriller as the characters are in deadly danger practically from page one. On top of everything Ms. Daley manages to weave a romance into this story that just captivates you. This is also just plain fun and exciting as well. Don’t start this book late at night because it will cost you sleep. I hope there is a next book in the series.You can find “Severed Trust” at a discount at you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to where they are available On Demand.To listen to 24 hours non-stop, commercial free Christian music please visit our internet radio station www.kingdomairwaves.orgDisclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Abingdon Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Carissa
    2019-04-20 19:50

    - I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.In the small town of Summerton, life is normal. Kids go to school, parents go to work . . . and people pop prescription pills for fun. Kelly discovers the hard way that being accepted into a pill party isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially when another attendee ends up dead. But she's too scared to talk, not even to her best friend Lexie, and certainly not to Lexie's Uncle Ethan who just happens to be a Texas Ranger. Secrets and lies pile up and Ethan is desperate to get to the bottom of the mystery, especially before someone he loves gets hurt.This is one of those books with a plot so true-to-life that it's terrifying. Pill parties are real. Kids don't just take heroine or cocaine to get high. It can just be a combination of pills snitched from their parents. So, in this regard, Margaret Daley addresses a very real issue that tends to get glossed over in literature, even Christian lit. Prescription drug addiction is real and it can ruin your life.Now, on to the book itself, I couldn't really put it down. I started it sometime early this morning, before church, and just finished it now. Which means that the story was compelling enough to keep me reading. However, I will say that I think Ms. Daley had a few too many main characters. She changes perspective several times to represent these characters and it was hard for me to remember who was related to who and what their connection was to someone else. Also, I think it climaxed too quickly and with too easy of a resolution. I'm not sure what I expected, but not everything tidily wrapped up, well mostly wrapped up since I'm still not sure about one guy's motive in showing up again in his ex-wife's life.Ultimately, the book would have been better had it been written strictly for teens. Because I read a lot of teen lit, I found Ms. Daley's voice to match teen lit better than adult. I connected with Kelly and Lexie much better than her adult characters. The teen voice just worked. I would like to see what she would do with a book written solely for teens. I think she would wow the Christian market and I hope she considers it someday.On the whole, Severed Trust was a very compelling read about a terrifying subject, made all the more scary because it's real.

  • Cindy
    2019-03-27 16:50

    Severed Trust is Margaret Daley's fourth book in her "The Men of the Texas Rangers" series. Having already read the other three books in the series, Saving Hope, Shattered Silence and Scorned Justice, I just had to read her newest offering in the series. I wasn't disappointed.Ms. Daley always creates believable characters that work their way into the heart of the reader. In Severed Trust, school teacher Sadie Thompson and Texas Ranger, Ethan Stone bring to life a story about teenagers, pill parties and prescription drugs. A death occurs, is it suicide or murder? That is what drives the story forward.The scary thing is pill parties are happening around the country in the real world today. Parents should read this book so they can get an idea of what could be happening in their children's school. A pill party is where kids steal prescription pills from parents, or wherever they can find them, go to a party where all the pills are tossed in a bowl and then along with drinking alcohol they grab handfuls of pills and down them. Scary huh?! They can be taking a deadly combination and in this book that's exactly what happens when a young high school football player takes a wrong combination and is found dead. But was it from the pills or was something else at play that caused the death. Ms. Daley puts the reader on the edge of their seat as she takes them on a journey with many twists and turns. Just when I thought I had it figured out something else happened to take me to another conclusion. I love books that can make me feel as if I am part of the story and keep me interested until the very last page.I am a really big fan of Margaret Daley's work and I have loved each and every book in "The Men of the Texas Rangers" series. They are all stand-alone books so you needn't worry that you have to read them in order. but I highly recommend that you read each one of them as they are all very good.If you would like to read the Prologue and Chapter 1 you can read it here.On a 5-star scale = 5 Stars!!!!!I would like to thank Abingdon Press for my review copy of Severed Trust. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review, which I have done.

  • Laura
    2019-04-05 18:54

    Title: SEVERED TRUSTAuthor: Margaret DaleyPublisher: Abingdon PressOctober 2013ISBN: 978-1426761867Genre: Romantic SuspenseThe day Sadie Thompson finds her high school student, Lexie, asleep in class and can't wake her is the day she realizes how entrenched a prescription drug ring is in her school. As Sadie is pulled into doing something about the growing problem, she becomes involved with Ethan Stone—a Texas Ranger who suspects the drug ring reaches far beyond the high school. Helping Lexie recover from the overdose, Sadie feels she is making a difference—until the 16-year-old's best friend dies from the apparent mixing of various prescription drugs. Lexie doesn't think her friend took her own life, but her relationship with her Uncle Ethan is precarious and she doesn’t know if either he or Sadie will help her discover the truth.SEVERED TRUST is book 4 in Ms. Daley’s The Men of the Texas Rangers series. The four books are stand alone, but readers will want to read them all, Saving Hope, Shattered Silence, Scorned Justice, and SEVERED TRUST. These books all deal with tough, hard-to-read issues, and the main issue in SEVERED TRUST is teenaged drug abuse. I know these things go on, but some of the things the teens did in this book are very dangerous, such as droned (getting drunk and stoned), or mixing a collection of various prescription drugs and taking a handful at a time. Seriously. Parents of teens or teachers need to talk to them about drug abuse. Fans of romantic suspense will love these books, as there is enough action to keep the pages turning, even if the subject matter is hard reading. Discussion questions are included at the end of the book. $14.99. 320 pages. 4 stars.

  • Judy
    2019-03-29 18:55

    Severed Trust by Margaret DaleyThe Men of the Texas Rangers Series Book 4Texas Ranger Ethan Stone has recently moved back to his hometown. Things are not right there. After the death of a high school student things quickly turn worse. Heading up the investigation with his old friend Cord Thompson, who is the chief of police, they find themselves buried in the investigation while trying to protect those they love.Sadie Thompson also recently returned to town. After choosing to marry a man her father disapproved of, she left. So did her new husband after the twins were born. Now she finds herself as a teacher in the local high school in the middle of a prescription drug ring and her ex has returned wanting to be part of her twins lives, thirteen years late. Not the best time for her young girls crush to make a reappearance.This story pulled me in from the start and held on to the end. It gave insight to several of the characters points of view. There was definitely romance, put on the back burner while real life took over. This series is so well written and hard hitting. Truths of what is going on in everyday life. Starting with Saving Hope that deals with child prostitution rings, then Shattered Silence dealing with bullies among other topics and book three is Scorned Justice which deals with an organized crime ring. **Received through NetGalley for review

  • Shauna
    2019-04-11 00:07

    This is the fourth book in The Men Of The Texas Rangers Series, and it's exactly the kind of series I enjoy. Each book is a stand alone story full of action, suspense and romance, although not so much of the last that it dominates the entire story. This book is another great addition to the series. Prescription drug use has become a big problem at the local high school and one of the teachers, Sadie, wants to do something about it. Not only is she a teacher, she has twins at home who are approaching high school age so she's also a concerned parent. She, of course, doesn't think her kids would have anything to do with it but really gets her eyes opened to just how widespread it is. This is a problem that is prevalent in our society and many people can relate to it. The author really educates the reader on the problem of prescription drug use, and not only with young people. I enjoyed the book, but I have to say I was not happy with the ending. The antagonist had rather flimsy reasons for doing all that they did, in my mind. I would still highly recommend the whole series. I received this ebook from Abingdon Press for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own. Thank you Abingdon Press.

  • Jennifer Lombardi
    2019-04-06 18:06

    Drug problems in high school? Who has heard of such a thing? HA! We ALL have, am I right? This is a HUGE problem that is generally kept quiet. This book goes through a school facing severe prescription drug problems. students are dead, parents are freaking out, the school board is upset and the cops are frantically trying to get to the bottom of things.I LOVED this book. LOVED it. The real life issues were not glazed over. It was realistic and intense throughout. The author did not sugar coat things or try to make it less real and I appreciated that. I loved that she did not hold back and allowed important characters to be killed or hurt. That made this book even better in my opinion.I was able to really understand these characters. I could feel their emotions, laugh with them, cry with them and really relate to each and every one of them. There were times that I thought I knew what was going on and then something happened to make me doubt myself. In this book, I did not figure it all out until the end and I LOVE that. This book kept me guessing!I recommend this book to anyone who likes a light mystery with a touch of romance.***This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an open and honest review***

  • Gloria
    2019-03-28 20:44

    Severed Trust was a quick read that seems to have been plucked right out of the headlines of our country. Margaret Daley carefully penned a story that unfortunately, many people can relate with. The issue of prescription drug abuse has spread like wildfire throughout our country and sadly enough our young people. Sadie Thompson is a small town teacher in Texas that begins to investigate and dig deeper into a drug ring in her school. With the help of her love interest, Ethan, and some cooperating additional characters, this murder mystery is solved. Many twists and turns along the way kept me glued to the book. I finished reading the book in two days. I definitely enjoyed the book, however, I felt that there were a few too many characters and not enough of their story was revealed. I wanted more background on people, especially Harris. As the book concluded, I still had several questions: Why was that lawyer Livingston so involved in the case? What were really Harris' motives?I do recommend this book; it will not disappoint. Thank you to the author, Margaret Daley, and Abingdon Press for the opportunity to read the advance copy.

  • Sheila
    2019-04-14 20:46

    This book is right on target in terms of a huge problem our country has with prescription drugs and in particular our young people--Ms. Daley tackles the issue head-on. Overall, I thought the book was really good, and it has reminded me that being addicted to drugs can be in the form of illegal drugs or in the form of drugs that were prescribed for the right reasons but taken wrongly.The characters were believable and certainly in keeping with what young people would go through. I love how Lexie, even though she faces some struggles by herself, rises above them and handles them as a mature Christian would--how inspiring for such a young girl! While I love the story, I did find sometimes that the writing wasn't as smooth as I have read in other books. Overall though it was a great book, and I would recommend others to read it!!Thank you to NetGalley and Abingdon Press for allowing me to preview the book--the opinions which I wrote are my own.

  • Melinda
    2019-04-23 20:47

    There are four books in The Men of the Texas Rangers series by Margaret Daley.Saving HopeShattered SilenceScorned Justice Severed TrustI'm doing a combined review because I honestly didn't take a breath between reading books. The first was marked complete and the second was opened in a heartbeat.Margaret Daley pens a great story of the men who comprise the modern day Texas Rangers. Each book contains a mystery to be solved (murder, missing children, drug distribution) while her heroes are everyday people. I like my heroes with faults. The perfect hero doesn't exist. Daley blends together the warmth of southern hospitality, the grit of Texas living, the power of the Texas Rangers, the romance of loving a Texan, and action. I appreciated the stories are contemporary as usually Texas Rangers get the historical treatment.

  • Juanita Wickey
    2019-03-28 21:03

    The story of how young people get mixed into the wrong crowds, sneak to parties after they bring any RXs they can find or locate, throw into a kettle, bring their beer/alcohol drinks, then find a hiding place to drink and swallow any kind of pills. In this story it told of how some died, and some lives were saved. I had no idea such a thing like this was going on, knew about the drug scene, but not like this. It was an eye opener. Glad something like this is being shared and maybe it will open a lot of families' eyes to the possibility of their sons or daughters getting involved, signs to look for. Thank you Margaret Daley for this excellent book.

  • Patricia
    2019-04-13 16:09

    This story hit pretty close to home since I work at a school. This was a good romantic suspense story.

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    2019-04-07 17:53

    Great suspense novel! This story is told from several points of view that switch constantly throughout the book, so I really had to stay on my toes. I could feel the anxiety and dread of the characters, and enough of the story from the drug users' points of view was shared to make the reader aware of things the investigators weren't, but some was also held back so the ending was a surprise twist. Romance definitely took a backseat, but there are some relationship subplots. The author did a fabulous job of making me aware of the dangers of prescription drug abuse, especially with teenagers.

  • Sandy Duke
    2019-04-07 18:53

    I highly recommend this book to teens and adults. We all should be more aware of the prevalence of prescription drug abuse. This book is about more than drug abuse, though. It is about forgiveness, trust, and second chances. There is so much going on that there is not a lot of time given to the growing romantic relationships, it is not "preachy", and due to the subject matter it contains quite a bit of death and violence. I would think that men as well as women would find this book holds their interest.

  • Miranda
    2019-04-02 15:57

    This isn't the best-written book I have ever read, but it did have an interesting storyline about prescription drug use among a group of high school students. That part of it kept my attention. It kind of had a little of a side plot of a romance between the main adult characters, but that part of it was pretty bland. Not much passion or excitement going on there. All of the adult characters were kind of flat, actually, but the parts involving the murder mystery among the kids were good.

  • Nancy
    2019-04-17 21:59

    As with Margaret Daley's first three "Men of the Texas Rangers" books, this one's a "can't put down" title that's suspense with some inspiration and romance mixed in. This one tackles the issue of prescription drug abuse with the death of a popular high school quarterback at a "pill party" and subsequent cover up.

  • Carol
    2019-04-16 17:46

    The book deals with prescription drugs, addiction and how far some people will go for their habit. Good topic to dal with and the Texas Ranger always gets their target and the girl as well. Storyline was well done.

  • Jennifer Jones
    2019-04-12 17:52

    Very good story with a wonderful suspense filled plot and engaging characters. My only issue is not enough romance to suit my tastes but there is plenty of Christian values and lessons to be learned in this hard look at teen drug use today.

  • Katy
    2019-04-15 15:42

    This is a definite 4 star book and not just because of the editorial errors this time. It wasn't quite as good as the other 3 books in the series, but it's a pretty good read nonetheless. I wasn't surprised at the ending though.

  • Amy
    2019-04-15 20:55

    This book is a must read for parents with middle school age and high school age children. The issues in this book are real. Scares me to think what my children will endure when they are older.

  • Ruth
    2019-04-10 16:02

    Too many different plots and drug dealers and people related to each other.

  • Beth
    2019-04-14 17:05

    Though I liked this book, I felt that it had way to many characters and was kind of hard to follow at times because there were so many different twists and turns.