Monthly Archives: July 2017

Chasing Secrets by Lynette Eason; Revell ISBN 9780800728847

Chasing Secrets, a novel written by Lynette Eason, opens with a tragedy. In Ireland it was in 1991 that a young child and her nanny hid in a closet while the child’s parents and her younger brother were slaughtered. Fast forward to twenty-five years later and the case is still unsolved. A detective has a personal connection to this cold case and his investigation takes him to America. Haley Callaghan is a bodyguard living in South Carolina. Suddenly she finds her life in danger and she has no idea why. A foiled purse snatching incident leads to her involvement with her would be assailant and his family. As if all this isn’t enough, there is more. Detective Steven Rothwell becomes involved in her life and together they try to get answers before things get worse.

This is an action packed and thrilling story. Readers will be engrossed from page one. Even though this is a mystery, it has bits of humor and many touching moments. The author skillfully presents well defined characters who know what is worth doing. Friendships, family and faith play major roles in this well crafted story. It is exciting all the way to the end. Well worth reading. Highly recommended.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren Revell ISBN 9780800727451

A Matter of Trust, a novel by Susan May Warren, is set in the mountains of Montana. Gage Watson had once realized his dream when he became a champion backcountry snowboarder. A horrific accident followed by a lawsuit and the loss of sponsors changed all that.   He made a new life by working on a mountain rescue team, but he can’t move past his previous mistakes or the memory of the woman who betrayed him, Senator Ella Blair. Ella has never gotten over the guilt she feels for the role she played in destroying Gage’s life. After three years she unexpectedly appears in his life again when she pleads with him to rescue her brother and his friend from a mountain peak-one that Gage knows all too well. Gage and Ella had experienced a deep bond quickly when they first met. That ended in a courtroom. Can Gage get past this and help her?

Both Ella and Gage have guilt. Ella’s is complicated by the secret she keeps and her family history. To undertake such a dangerous rescue  requires tremendous skill and just as important, trust and faith. It is not just the protagonists who have personal baggage. The secondary characters all have their own issues and their stories are seamlessly integrated into the main story. They are all people who know how to come together to do what is needed.

The author brings to readers a complex and multifaceted story of relationships that are hampered by secrets and regrets. The imagery of the setting is spectacular. Fast paced, suspenseful, packed with emotion and faith, A Matter of Trust is well worth reading.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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On Love’s Gentle Shore, A Novel by Liz Johnson; Revell ISBN 97808800724511

On Love’s Gentle Shore, a novel by Liz Johnson, is set on Prince Edward Island. Most find it to be a charming place, but for Natalie O’Ryan it is anything but that. She was the child of dysfunctional and dangerous parents and she had fled the island fifteen years ago expecting her best friend, Justin Kane, to follow her, but that is not what happened. She made a new life for herself in Nashville, all the while harboring hurt and anger toward Justin. Now engaged to Russell, her fiancé has arranged for them to be married in her old hometown. Even with all her apprehensions about returning to a place she has fought hard to distance herself from, she keeps quiet and tries to go along with the wedding plans. Rapidly, she realizes she can’t avoid Justin and the small minded town gossips. As a result, Natalie has to confront her troubled past in order to face her future. Justin, too, has lived with his own anger and hurt, but thought he had moved on once he accepted Natalie was really gone. Now that she is back his life changes. What they had once was special and important to both of them. Is it really gone?

 

The author has crafted well drawn believable characters. Their fragile and complex relationships are deftly presented. The reader is drawn into their lives as we watch them evolve into people who learn to face the truth about themselves and what paths to follow. The secondary characters are an interesting group and add much to the story. This is a story about choices, introspection, forgiveness and faith that all come together to make a memorable tale.

 

Beautifully told and easy to read. Highly recommended.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

 

 

 

 

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