orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

May 11, 2013

Book Review: Seashell Prisoners

Dawn Burleigh
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — Sometimes a story in the news raises questions of why and what were they thinking?

The story told in Seashell Prisoners, told by Frances Collins, helps answer some of those questions in the case of a Mauriceville grandmother who kidnapped her granddaughter in the early 90’s.

Collins, concerned for her granddaughter’s safety, left the country and lived in Roatan for eight years.

The book is not just the story of why she left, but also her development in her faith in God.

Collins ultimately served 14 months for her actions, 7 months in prison and 7 months house arrest.

The book explains what she was feeling and thinking as events unfolded during the situation, giving a different perspective of the news headlines during the incident.

Many names of those involved have been changed as the story is based on actual events.

Collins wrote: “I fully believe that God did not want me to use this story as a weapon to condemn, put down, or attack anyone.”

All proceeds from the book are used to support ministries.

Seashell Prisoners, 320 pages, is published by Frances Collins in 2012.