Blind Betrayal by Nancy Mehl

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Casey Sloane loves her job with the US Marshals Office, even though she understands that it comes with a lot of risks—including the threat of death.  Her newest task involves transporting a reporter for a high profile case across the country.  She never expects that the man assigned to help her is none other than the best friend of her ex-boyfriend.  Attempting to push emotions aside, Casey focuses on helping her witness, even when betrayals begin to reveal themselves and the lives of all she holds dear is on the line.

I enjoy this author because she has the ability to craft novels that contain depth despite the fast-paced action and this installment is no exception!  I enjoyed that the secrets and deception began with page one and continued until the end.  The action ebbs and flows with the storyline, at times providing glimpses into the characters’ pasts and allowing the reader to better connect with each person.  I thought the romance was poorly developed and was surprised that it concluded as quickly as it did given the lack of progress of the relationship, but nonetheless I think the action and other portions of the storyline made up for it.  This book can stand-alone from the first two in the series.  I recommend this book to all lovers of contemporary suspense!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron

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Nestled in the heart of the Loire Valley in France, the Chateau de Doux Reves is a mysterious castle full of secrets that span multiple centuries.  Its opulence was at its height in 1789, where it soon became an important figure in the French Revolution.  Years later, it again takes center stage during the height of World War II. And now in present day, Ellie sets foot on its ancient stones to discover its mysteries and hopefully find answers to her own past.

I am not usually one to love split time novels, as I usually dislike having to keep track of multiple storylines.  However, this book is above and beyond any other split time story I have read.  The author does a fantastic job of weaving together the storylines in such a seamless fashion that it makes the novel easy to read and enjoy.  I found the history from three very different time periods to be incredibly fascinating and, as a result, the book was difficult to put down!  The author did a great job with her research.  The love story entwined in each time period was romantically interwoven among such an interesting setting, a castle full of broken and triumphant history, a perfect metaphor for the characters’ lives.  There were also twists and unexpected surprises.  I very much enjoyed this book from cover to cover. Most highly recommended!

I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishing/NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Pelican Point by Irene Hannon

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Ben Garrison is weeks away from retirement from the Army as a physician when he receives a call that his beloved grandfather has passed away and left him an interesting inheritance—a lighthouse in coastal Hope Harbor. Thinking that he will simply travel to the small town to sell the lighthouse before moving on to a career as a physician in Ohio, Ben is struck by the peaceful setting and quirky characters, including the feisty Marci Weber. Marci settled into Hope Harbor several years ago in order to escape her past. She does not appreciate the arrival of Ben and his determination to sell the historic lighthouse. But as Marci butts heads with Ben, she learns that there is more to this Army doctor than meets the eye.

I have really enjoyed this series and was excited to return to picturesque Hope Harbor. The characters in this installment once again have turbulent pasts that create a depth to their personalities with which it is easy to connect. I also really liked the secondary characters and their side story. This author does such a great job of demonstrating how faith grows and changes during difficult circumstances, creating applicable lessons for the reader. I really liked the plot and some interesting twists from the characters’ pasts. The romance is tastefully done. I highly recommend this novel and the whole series!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.