Tuesday, July 18, 2017


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Kate O'Brien's quiet life in small-town Shelter Cove, Arkansas is shaken when her past suddenly comes roaring back to life. Four years ago, she and her twin sister were attacked by an elusive serial killer. Only Kate survived, and she's been in witness protection ever since.

When new evidence arises to suggest the convicted man wasn't the murderer, she's subpoenaed to testify in the new trial. Afraid to go back into that world, Kate only agrees if Tony DeLuca, the deputy Marshal who protected her during the original trial, escorts her to St. Louis. 

Tony readily takes on the assignment; Kate's beauty and inner strength made more of an impression on him than he expected. But when Kate's safety is threatened, Tony must race against the clock to keep her alive and put this ugly case to rest before anyone else gets killed.

Published June 6th 2017 
by Bethany House Publishers

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Meet the Author:

Nancy Mehl

Nancy Mehl
 (www.nancymehl.com) is the author of twenty-seven books, including the Road to Kingdom, Finding Sanctuary, and Defenders of Justice series. She received the ACFW Mystery Book of the Year Award in 2009. She has a background in social work and is a member of ACFW and RWA. She writes from her home in Missouri, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their Puggle, Watson. She is part of The Suspense Sisters: www.suspensesisters.blogspot.com, along with several other popular suspense authors. 

My Thoughts:

If you like suspense then this is definitely a book for you.  
This is the second installment in the Defenders of Justice series, but could easily be read as a stand alone.  This a fast-paced story that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat.  This story is set in the back woods of Arkansas in the small town of Shelter Cove where Kate O'Brien has been living for the past 4 years in witness protection.  4 years ago she and her twin sister were brutally attacked and left for dead in their apartment.  Katie survived the attack and testified against her attacker then went into witness protection.  Tony DeLuca works for the US Marshals and heads to Shelter Cove to transport Katie back to St. Louis. Tony has a history with Katie since he protected her during the trial.  He doesn't want to see her relive the attack again, but knows that it's a necessity if they want to put Alan Gerard back in prison.Both character are strong and complex.  I immediately liked both.  Katie is dealing with a crisis of faith and has not dealt with her attack or her sister's death. I love how the author takes an approach on the subject of faith. She makes the entire topic more understandable.  She makes the character feel so real through their raw emotions.  I don't want to give anything away but with Tony's arrival in Shelter Cove the plot takes unexpected twists and turns that has both characters literally running for their lives.  This is definitely a book I would recommend to anyone who loves suspense.  
**I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

Coming Soon.....

In May 2018 the third book in this series is set to be released.

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Deputy U.S. Marshal Casey Sloane has worked at the St. Louis marshals office for two years and is given a routine assignment to help transport a reporter to D.C. to testify before a grand jury. Valerie, the reporter, was writing a story about an up-and-coming environmentalist who suddenly disappeared and, she later discovered, whose backers purportedly have ties to a terrorist.

When the seemingly ordinary assignment suddenly takes a shocking turn, Casey is forced to put aside her own feelings about the unexpected reappearance of a man from her past as she and two other marshals take Valerie on the run. And as it becomes dangerously clear Valerie's testimony has even bigger implications than they knew, they'll do whatever it takes to make it out alive.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Wilderness, Inc. #4

Wilderness Reunion

Wilderness, Inc.:
Surviving the wilderness of Oregon takes training....
and trust.

Wilderness Reunion (Wilderness, Inc #4)MOVING TARGETS 

After stumbling on a drug operation, Alice Wilde races through the woods as bullets whiz past, using her skills as a wilderness guide to elude her pursuers. But she doesn't stay safe for long once one of the armed men recognizes her…and starts stalking her. When the sheriff asks her to guide his men and photojournalist Griffin Slater—her ex-boyfriend—to the crime scene, though, she can't refuse. Alice knows Griffin's just there for a story, but after the two of them are separated from the rest of the group, he's the only person who can save her. And with someone willing to do anything to hunt them down, Alice must put aside their past if she wants to survive.

Published July 1st 2017
 by Love Inspired Suspense

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Meet the Author:

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Elizabeth Goddard is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than twenty-five romance novels and counting, including the romantic mystery, THE CAMERA NEVER LIES–a 2011 Carol Award winner. She’s a double finalist in the 2016 Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense for her books BURIED and BACKFIRE in the Mountain Cove series. A 7th generation Texan, Elizabeth graduated from North Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and worked in high-level software sales for several years before retiring to home school her children and fulfill her dreams of writing full-time. She currently makes her home in Minnesota with her husband and children.

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There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed,
or hidden that will not be made known. 
What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight;
what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the housetops. 
~Matthew 6:26-27

My Thoughts:

Elizabeth Goddard has released the fourth installment in her Wilderness, Inc. series.  This book is probably my favorite in the series, but then again I have loved them all.  This series is set in southwest Oregon surrounding the Rogue River.  Ms. Goddard weaves her words to together that bring the story to life for me.  The setting explodes to life with her vivid use of imagery.  This story centers around Alice Wilde who works at Wilderness, Inc. as a guide.  Until an unfortunate accident on the Rogue River she mostly guided white water rafters, but she hadn't been back on the river since.  When a client enlisted her services for a off-trail adventure they had spent 3 days in the Oregon mountains doing their best to avoid poison oak.  Suddenly Alice stumbles upon suspicious activity which leads her to an illegal growing operation and when she is spotted by the growers finds herself dodging bullets and literally on the run for her life.  

Griffin Slater is a civilian photojournalist since a traumatic brain injury ended his military career.  3 years ago  he arrived in Wild Rogue Wilderness region to rest after his injury, but has returned  on a journalistic project regarding illegal marijuana grown on public land.  When receiving a call from Sheriff Kruse about a possible lead.  The problem with this lead is it came from a trained wilderness guide and that put her life endanger.  

The plot is fast paced and flows effortlessly.  This story deals with the issue of the illegal use of our public lands to grow marijuana.  Millions of acres of public lands are being overrun with illegal marijuana growing operation, resulting in degraded habitat and toxic trash that leads directly to wildlife deaths and serious threats to local water supplies.  These people make millions of dollars with these operations and they will take whatever necessary precautions to prevent their growing sites from being shut down.  
This book is a edge of your seat suspense that kept me turning the pages.  I would describe it as a one sitting read, which means when I picked it up I was captivated until the last page was turned.  I was drawn into the story and could feel the fear, joy, and turmoil of the characters.  The plot has unexpected twists and turns.  The characters strong and well developed.  Alice was hurt in the past and has a difficult time trusting.  Griffin feels he's damaged and not good at relationships.  They are both easy to love.  This story has elements of mystery, suspense, romantic tension and faith. This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves suspense.  
**I received this book from the author.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Montana Rescue #3

Susan May Warren is releasing A Matter of Trust on July 4,2017.
This is the third installment in her Montana Rescue series.  The series centers around the team members of PEAK Rescue which is located in the fictional town of Mercy Falls.  
This is Gage's story. 

A Matter of Trust (Montana Rescue, #3)
Expected publication: July 4th 2017
 by Revell

About the Book:

It's those we love who have the power to hurt us most . . .
Champion backcountry snowboarder Gage Watson has left the limelight behind after the death of one of his fans. After being sued for negligence and stripped of his sponsorships, he's remade his life as a ski patrol in Montana's rugged mountains, as well as serving on the PEAK Rescue team. But he can't seem to find his footing--or forget the woman who betrayed him. 

Senator and former attorney Ella Blair spends much of her time in the public eye as one of the youngest senators in the country. But she has a secret--one that cost Gage his career. More than anything, she wants to atone for her betrayal of him in the courtroom and find a way to help him put his career back on track. 

When Ella's brother goes missing on one of Glacier National Park's most dangerous peaks, Gage and his team are called in for the rescue. But Gage isn't so sure he wants to help the woman who destroyed his life. More, when she insists on joining the search, he'll have to keep her safe while finding her reckless brother--a recipe for disaster when a snowstorm hits the mountain. 

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Meet the Author:

Susan May WarrenI can't help be amazed at the gifts God has delighted me with - a wonderful husband, four amazing children, and the opportunity to write for Him.

I've been writing as long as I can remember - I won my first book writing contest in first grade! Over the years, writing has become, for me, a way to praise God and see Him at work in my life.

Although I have a degree in Mass Communications from the University of MN, my real writing experience started when I penned the The Warren Report - a bi-monthly newsletter that detailed our ministry highlights.

Living in Russia meant I never lacked for great material - and those experiences naturally spilled out first into devotionals and magazine articles and finally into my first published story, "Measure of a Man," in the Tyndale/HeartQuest, Chance Encounters of the Heart anthology.

Susan and husband grew up in Wayzata, a suburb of Minneapolis, and became an avid camper from an early age. My favorite fir-lined spot is the north shore of Minnesota - it's where I met my husband, honeymooned and dreamed of living. The north woods easily became the foundation for my first series, The Deep Haven series.based on a little tourist town along the shores of Lake Superior. I have to admit - I'm terribly jealous of Mona, the heroine of my first full-length book, Happily Ever After, a Christy Award Finalist published in 2004 with Tyndale/Heartquest.

Our family moved home from the mission field in June 2004 -- and now we live in the beautiful town I'd always dreamed of! God has amazed me anew with His provision, and blessings -- and allowed me a season when I can write full time for Him.

I 'm delighted you've stopped in to visit. My hope is that you'll be blessed and encouraged by soul-stirring stories of regular people interacting with a God who loves them.

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My Thoughts:

What an amazing adventure that takes the reader deep into Glacier Mountain Park in Montana!! 
I loved this book.  It has elements of edge of your seat suspense, romantic tension, turmoil, imagery, and the thrill of adventure.   The cover is very inviting.  Of course the plot is a fast paced adventure that immediately pulled me in from page one.  For me this was a one setting read.  The author weaves words together that bring both characters and setting to life.   I loved Gage. He captured my heart from the beginning.  His character showed emotions that were both raw and real.  He has tried to put his past behind him and not repeat it.  Ella's character was endearing and I loved how she was trying to protect her brother from making a bad decision.  When she enlists Gage to help her with her brother I have to say Gage shows his true strength of character.  I felt the characters fear and joy.  I also must say even though this is part of a series this book is definitely a stand alone story.   I would recommend this book to anyone who loved a good suspenseful adventure. 
**I received this book from the author via the publisher.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Coming Soon:

Troubled Waters
(Montana Rescue #4)

Billionaire Ian Shaw can have everything he wants–except a happy ending. Or at least that’s what it feels like with his fortune recently liquidated, his niece, Esme, still missing, and the woman he loves refusing to speak to him. In fact, he doubts she would date him even if they were stranded on a deserted island.
Despite her love for Ian, Sierra Rose knows he has no room in his life for her as long as the mystery of his missing niece goes unsolved. The only problem is, Sierra has solved it, but a promise to Esme to keep her whereabouts secret has made it impossible to be around Ian.
When the PEAK chopper is damaged and Sierra lacks the funds to repair it, Ian offers a fundraising junket for large donors on his yacht in the Caribbean. But the three-day excursion turns into a nightmare when a rogue wave cripples the yacht and sends the passengers overboard. Shaken up and soaked to the bone, Ian finally has a chance to test his theory when he and Sierra do indeed find themselves washed up on a strange, empty shore.
It will take guts and gumption for the PEAK team to rescue the duo. But it will take a miracle to rescue Ian and Sierra’s relationship.
Pre-order here (set to be released Jan. 2018)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Follow Your Heart #3

Under a Summer Sky (Follow Your Heart #3)

She's anticipating a quiet summer surrounded by beauty. She never expected a fresh chance at love.

High school art teacher Nicole Anderson is looking forward to a relaxing summer in Savannah, house-sitting and managing an art gallery for a family friend. The house is luxurious in a way that only old money could make it, and the gallery promises interesting days in a gorgeous setting. Yet it isn't long before her ideal summer turns into more than she bargained for: a snooty gallery employee who's determined to force her out, a displaced adolescent roosting in the attic, and two of her childhood friends--who also happen to be brothers--vying for her attention.

With the backdrop of a gorgeous historical city, incredible architecture, and even an alleged ghost or two, combined with the opportunity for romance . . . anything can happen!

Published June 6th 2017
 by Fleming H. Revell Company

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Meet the Author:

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus.

She also writes many teen books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series. 

Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books, including the Notes from a Spinning Planet series and Finding Alice, which is in production as a Lifetime Television movie. She and her husband serve on the Young Life adult committee in central Oregon.

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My Thoughts:

I loved this story!!
Melody Carlson has released the 3 installment, Under a Summer Sky, in the Follow Your Heart series.  This story sweeps the reader from Washington state to Savannah, Georgia. We are introduced to the enchanting Nicole Anderson who is a high school art teacher preparing for summer break when an opportunity to spend the summer in the historical town of Savannah.  As a child growing up Nicole spent summer vacations with her mother's childhood friend, Vivian Graham, and her family.  Parts of it she remember fondly, but other parts were almost unbearable.  This opportunity involves house sitting for Vivian and helping out at her art gallery while she is on a world cruise.  
Her arrival is met with the first surprise, Vivian's oldest son was in the middle of a divorce and now lived on the estate.  What she remembers of Alex is not really pleasant.  He was a good looking boy, but his personality showed him to be a bully and guess what? He hasn't changed much.  One big difference is that he is now the father of a teen aged daughter.  Surprise number two is that Vivian doesn't just want her to help out in the gallery, but to actually manage it with the help of her assistant, Amyra.  Of course no one told Amyra of the Nicole's arrival or what her role at the gallery would be.  Another surprise would be Vivian's son Ryan that she remembered had a crush on her when they were younger.  All Nicole can think is what a summer this has turned out to be, nothing as she had anticipated.  
This is a sweet story.  I found the characters captivating.  Nicole was so sweet and tried to do what was expected of her as a friend and employee.  With each challenge thrown her way she shows her strength of character.  She is intrigued with the history and architecture of the city.  She tries to acclimate to southern living.  I just loved her.  Alex was appealing until his true character became obvious with how he dealt with Ryan and his daughter.  
I would recommend anyone who loves a good, clean romance with a few twists.
**I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Journey to Pleasant Prairie #3

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When the future is threatened by the past, can she trust herself to make the right choice?

Despite growing pains in her 1846 Amish community in Indiana, Naomi Schrock has settled into a comfortable life in her parents' home with her adopted son, Davey. Surrounded by family and friends, she tries not to think about the fact that she's not at the top of any man's list of potential wives. Yet when Cap Stoltzfus moves into the area and befriends Davey, Naomi finds herself caught between the plans she has made for her future and the tantalizing thought that Cap might be part of a life she never dared to hope for.

When a couple shows up claiming to be Davey's true family, Naomi and Cap must unite to make the decision that will determine the boy's future--as well as their own.

Published June 6th 2017
 by Fleming H. Revell Company 

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Meet the Author:

Jan Drexler

Jan Drexler
 brings a unique understanding of Amish traditions and beliefs to her writing. Her ancestors were among the first Amish, Mennonite, and Brethren immigrants to Pennsylvania in the 1700s. Their experiences are the basis for her stories. Jan lives in South Dakota with her husband, their four adult children, two active dogs, and a cat. When she isn't writing, she enjoys hiking the Black Hills and the Badlands. She is the author of the Love Inspired novels The Prodigal Son Returns, A Mother for His Children, and A Home for His Family (September 2015).

My Thoughts:

This is the third book in the Journey to Pleasant Prairie series from the author.  I was immediately swept back to 1846 in the fairly newly established Amish community in Indiana.  This is the story of Naomi Schrock. Naomi is a sweet, young Amish woman who on her trip from Pennsylvania to Indiana encountered a young boy who had been orphaned by a violent storm. Naomi felt an immediately felt a connection to the little boy, Davey, and adopted him knowing that people would wonder about not only his parentage, but also her virtue.  After their arrival to Indiana the family has settled into a routine, but there is an undercurrent of discord between their community about tradition and their faith.  
Cap Stoltzfus has newly arrived to the community from Holmes County, Ohio.  He has suffered a great loss and thinks starting over in a new place might let him put his past behind him.  His property lies next to to Schrock farm and he meets Davey almost immediately.  Davey brings his past memories to the surface and is immediately drawn to him. 
As Cap is drawn into the Amish community he becomes quick friends to the Schrock family, but especially Naomi and Davey.  Davey is a lively, young boy who is looking for a big adventure and doesn't always do what he is told which lands him in trouble from time to time.  Naomi is attracted to Cap, but their different opinions on child rearing brings many questions about the possibility of a relationship with Cap. With the appearance of someone from Cap's past not only will he cause problems within the community, but also for Cap and Naomi's future.  
This is a wonderful conclusion to this series.  I loved this story.  It has elements of forgiveness, crisis of faith, mystery and love.  The plot is engaging and pulled me in quickly.  The story quickly came to life for me through the characters and their journey.  Even though this book is part of a series I believe this is a stand alone story.  The author gives background details that makes it unnecessary to read the first two books, but I encourage you to read them to get the full impact of the story.  
**I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

Shadows of the Wilderness #1

The Road to Paradise (Shadows of the Wilderness #1)

In 1927, Margie Lane, an avid naturalist, convinces her Senator father to procure her a position at the fledgling Mount Rainier National Park. Since Ranger Ford Brannon lost his father in a climbing accident, he doubts his ability to protect the park and its many visitors. He certainly doesn't relish the job of watching over an idealistic and privileged young woman with no practical survival skills. 
When Margie's former fiance sets his mind on developing the Paradise Inn and its surroundings into a tourist playground, Margie and Ford will have to work together to preserve the beauty and simplicity of this mountain hideaway, but the developer's plans might put more than just the park in danger."

Published June 6th 2017
 by Waterbrook Press

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My Thoughts:

  Wow, what a great way to start a series.
 This is the first book in Karen Barnett's new series, Shadows of Wilderness. I immediately was drawn to Margaret Lane.  Her one greatest desire is to give God credit for his greatest creations by preservation.  She was what most called a naturalist. Her father, a senator, had called in a few favors and secured her a position at Mount Rainier National Park located in Ashford, Washington, but Maggie was unaware of his involvement.  Maggie is a sweet, young woman who feels called to ensure the preservation and history of the park.  Her arrival was met with resistance from Chief Ranger Ford Brayden.  Ford was the perfect candidate to take over managing the park and its visitors because he was raised on the mountain.  He wants to ensure that visitors enjoy their stay, but also wants to ensure their safety.  He is surprised at Maggie's determination to prove herself valuable to the park by teaching visitors about the park.  Phillip Carmichael's arrival is an unexpected turn of events for Maggie and will leave a lasting impression on everyone.  Maggie must reach deep inside herself and find the strength to stand up for herself and the life she wants.
The wonderful plot, imagery and characters bring this story to life.  The details and descriptions show the research the author completed was extensive.  The plot is engaging and will keep the reader turning pages.  The characters are strong and well developed.
*I received this book from the author via the publisher.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Check out this video of Karen Barnett giving a behind the scenes look at The Road to Paradise:

Goodreads is having a giveaway of 10 print books which runs from June 15,2017 through July  30,2017.  Click on the link below for an opportunity to win. 

Meet the Author:

Karen   BarnettFueled by a passion for research and learning, and a secret desire to travel in time, author Karen Barnett creates historical romances that draw readers deep into a story. She’s fascinated that even though human history is constantly changing, Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). The point where those two facts collide forms the basis for her writing–finding those moments when an ordinary person brushes up against the eternal.
A graduate of Valparaiso University and Oregon State University, Barnett’s debut novel, Mistaken, was released in 2013 and earned her the Oregon Christian Writers “Writer of Promise” award and a Cascade Award for best historical fiction. She also won the coveted “Writer of the Year” title from the prestigious Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference in 2016.
Karen spent several years working in outdoor education as a park ranger and naturalist for Mount Rainier National Park and Oregon’s Silver Falls State Park before becoming a stay-at-home mom and professional writer. She spends her free time hiking, taking photographs, dragging her kids through dusty history museums, and decorating crazy birthday cakes.
Karen lives in western Oregon with her husband, two teenagers, and three mischievous dachshunds.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

A Bradford Sisters Romance

True to You

True to You (Bradford Sisters Romance #1)After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.

Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he's diagnosed with an inherited condition, he's forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother. 

The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John's already dating someone and Nora's not sure she's ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they're seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.

Published May 2nd 2017
 by Bethany House

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My Thoughts:

What a wonderful story!!
I was immediately intrigued by Nora. 
She is the middle sister in the the Bradford household.  She has always been quiet and some what bookish.  She is the director of the Library on the Green Museum. While growing up she and her family had visited a historical village and she had been fascinated.  8 years ago her father had bought land and 3 historical buildings which they had decided to rent out in hopes of increasing tourism.  At her college graduation he gifted her with the village which she manages and has increased to 12 buildings now.  At present she has her eye on a Hartnett Chapel, which is perfection at it's best, but has been unable to convince the owner to sell. 
  She is a historian and a genealogist, but the one thing she definitely knew she wasn't was the role of hostage in a mock training exercise.  She believed in emergency preparedness, but she should have thought this decision over before agreeing to her sister's suggestion.  Of course the one thing it did do was give her the first of many glimpses she was have of John Lawson.  {sigh}

John Lawson owns and runs Lawson Training Incorporated, but his history includes 6 years with the United States Navy SEALs where he was awarded the Medal of Honor.  He has had a book, Uncommon Courage, and movie released about his life.  John approaches Nora to enlist her help in doing some ancestry work in helping him find his birth mother.  As straightforward as everything sounds Nora knows that having a name is not always as easy as it sounds.  As they dig toward John's family history they find many roadblocks, but endeavor to knock them down.  Of course there's an attraction between John and Nora, but John has a girlfriend of many years plus he has a secret that he doesn't want revealed.  
I loved both characters, plot and setting.  This story takes the reader on twists and turns never expected and leads to a bit of a mystery.  This plot actually tackles several tough issues.  The story has elements of forgiveness, mystery, and love.  This is the first book in Wade's new series and is great foundation for the next book which I am anxious to read.  
**I received this book from the author via the publisher.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Meet the Author:

Becky WadeDuring her childhood in California, Becky frequently produced homemade plays starring her sisters, friends, and cousins.  These plays almost always featured a heroine, a prince, and a love story with a happy ending.  She’s been a fan of all things romantic ever since.
Becky and her husband lived overseas in the Caribbean and Australia before settling in Dallas, Texas.  It was during her years abroad that Becky’s passion for reading turned into a passion for writing.  She published three historical romances for the general market, put her career on hold for many years to care for her kids, and eventually returned to writing sheerly for the love of it.  She’s delighted to be penning warm, wry, and heartwarming contemporary romances for the Christian market.  She’s the Carol Award, INSPY Award, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, and the Bradford Sisters Romance series.
These days Becky can be found failing but trying to keep up with her housework, sweating at the gym, carting her kids around town, playing tennis, hunched over her computer, eating chocolate, or collapsed on the sofa watching TV with her husband.