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  • 9781518719288 1518719287
  • 303 pages
  • $13.99
Gwen Sutton
Endurance: (Faith Under Fire Trilogy, Book 2)
Gwen Sutton, author

Adult; Mystery/Thriller; (Market)

Dereka Jones is a beautiful, smart, outgoing young girl leading an ideal life where she’s surrounded by the love and nurture of four special women—her mama, Grandma Ruth, Aunt Kenya, and Auntie Jazz. But her blissful world is viciously shattered when a family nemesis from the past abducts Dereka and sells her into child sex slavery. In captivity she is forced to endure the most deplorable and degradable conditions imaginable. Dereka’s family is devastated, and tries desperately to find her before it’s too late. But it seems their arch enemy, a drug dealer called Memphis, is always one step ahead of them in his quest for revenge. A suspenseful, intriguing, and heart wrenching tale of tragedy and survival, Endurance provides a riveting and realistic look at the atrocity of child sex trafficking. A gripping story that demonstrates one family’s capacity to love, hope, pray and endure even in the darkest moments.
Readers' Favorite Reviews

Wow. In a sad, touching and unfortunately appropriate story for the times, author Gwen Sutton has provided her readers with an absolutely wonderful piece of work in her new novel, Endurance. Follow the story of the beautiful Dereka Jones as her life changes from one of love and happiness to one of terror and dismay. Dereka has been kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery. Dereka's family, especially her mother, grandmother and two aunts with whom she has very close and special relationships, do all they can to get her back. When they realize who has done this to Dereka and their family, a man who wants nothing but revenge, their fears grow even stronger. 

Endurance was simply a great read. It's obvious that author Gwen Sutton put a lot of time and care into her book, and that shows through in the wonderful portrayal of her main characters. Dereka and her strong and loving female family members are characters that Ms. Sutton's readers will connect with, relate to and continue to think about long after the book is finished. If that isn't a hallmark of a great author, I don't know what is. The story is written with a great sensitivity to victims of sexual slavery and abuse, and utilizes a wonderful sense of Christian undertones that doesn't overpower the story line, instead it enhances it. I am very happy to recommend Endurance by Gwen Sutton. I look forward to reading more from this very promising author in the future!

Press Release--International Book Award Winner

For Immediate Release: 

Contact:  Gwen Sutton, President/CEO

Lift Him Up Productions, Inc.

Phone:    703-967-6500





 Alexandria, Virginia. Gwen Sutton’s riveting novel, Endurance, won a Silver Medal in the prestigious 2016 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards.  This realistic and emotional story reveals how a beautiful, young girl’s blissful world is viciously shattered when she is kidnapped and sold into child sex slaveryA gripping, heart-wrenching tale of tragedy and survival that reviewers describe as compelling, suspenseful, powerful, and brave.

Readers’ Favorite Reviews: 

“An emotionally charged, and at times heart breaking story….  The subject matter of this well-written book can move you to tears in places.”

 “I don’t know the last time an author has moved me so much.”

Author Gwen Sutton says, “God led me to write this story to shed light on an abominable crime against children that is thriving in society today.  My hope is that readers will not only be enthralled and entertained by the story, but will also be enlightened and moved to action to help in the fight against child sex trafficking.”

Endurance competed with thousands of contest entries from over a dozen countries in the Readers' Favorite Contest, which has become the fastest growing book award contest site on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Honoring Excellence” award from the Association of Independent Authors.

Gwen is available for interviews, guest appearances, book clubs, book-signings and other events. 

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Paperback Book Details
  • 9781518719288 1518719287
  • 303 pages
  • $13.99