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Coldwater by Samuel Parker

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Michael is finally out of jail but is facing a hometown that hates him. There are men who tried to kill him before and will not hesitate to do so now. Even more than the physical men that are chasing him, however, is the powerful inner force that is trying to destroy him as well. Michael must race against time and dimension in order to emerge victorious and changed.

This novel definitely packs action after action into its pages. It starts with chilling suspense and the adrenaline keeps pulsating with each scene. The haunting narrative leaves a chilling effect. The topic and plot were not to my taste, but that does not detract from the skill of this author. I also found the content a bit dark for Christian fiction. I am not certain I would read this book again and I think it takes a unique audience to appreciate it. Nonetheless, if this is your kind of genre, I think you would enjoy this book!

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

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Missing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse

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Pete McLean loves and looks up his father, a wealthy landowner in 1960s Alabama, as does the rest of the small town, most of its citizens blessed in some way by the McLeans. So when his father dies in a tragic farming accident, Pete is not the only one grieving. He leans on his good friend Isaac, a man whose life is as different from his as black is from white. But when Isaac goes missing, Pete is left to find out what happened to his friend. He meets Dovey, a girl from a secluded part of town known only by rumors, during his search and they form a fast friendship. Pete’s journey changes the small town in miraculous ways and creates new relationships between black and white and rich and poor.

I admire Ms. Luesse’s approach to this turbulent time period as the clash of races and class heightened in the Deep South. I think Pete was my favorite character. He did not let discrimination or bullying dictate his life and his willingness to be kind to people who are different than himself. This story may have taken place in the 1960s, but its message and meaning are applicable today. The author has a truly unique talent for writing and her style is perfect for the setting. Reading the story is easy and comfortable because the story flows so well but it also manages to relay a powerful and rich message. I greatly enjoyed the history woven among the interesting plot and thought the romance was sweet. I recommend this story to lovers of historical fiction and look forward to more stories from this debut author!

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The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

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Lady Elisabeth Lawson has lived in a sheltered world her whole life, enjoying the opulence provided to her from her father’s connections as British lieutenant governor of the Virginia Colony. She is duty bound to marry Miles Roth, a man of little character. However, the tensions leading up to the Revolutionary War are mounting, and Elisabeth suddenly finds her comfortable world turned upside down. She forms an unlikely friendship with her fiancé’s cousin, Noble Rynallt, whom she soon discovers is one of the radical revolutionaries. As the war looms ahead, Elisabeth must make a choice between her family’s English roots and her heart’s stirring for freedom.

Laura Frantz does such a wonderful job of crafting emotionally stirring novels, and this one is no exception. I was immediately drawn to Elisabeth’s character and loved watching her growth throughout the novel. I like reading about determined, independent woman and Elisabeth remains strong despite multiple trials. The romance is rich and endearing and the history is a perfect blend of interesting and engaging elements woven throughout the story without bogging the plot down. The story flows naturally with its delicate style and is effortless to read. This truly is a wonderful novel and I cannot recommend it enough!

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Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason

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Isabelle St. John loves her loud and large law-enforcement family and appreciates their support when her partner dies during a harrowing mission. Determined to find out exactly what happened, Isabelle enlists the help of Ryan, her partner’s brother, to get to the bottom of what initially appears to be mob activity. But when she discovers that the treachery runs deeper than mob violence, she realizes that those she loves may be in danger. She and Ryan must race against the clock before the evil that lurks around every corner takes over their lives.

I am excited about a new series from Lynette Eason! She writes fast-paced, thrill-worthy novels that are page-turners from beginning to end. I liked the surprise twists where you thought you had the villain figured out but then you realize you were wrong. It was great to read about authentic police investigations where the characters were careful to do everything by the book so the real villains could be prosecuted accordingly. The romance is sprinkled through the story in a subtle way and the supportive families are endearing. I look forward to more installments in this series!

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Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano

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Aurelie Harcourt grew up in debtor’s prison, but when her father dies suddenly, she moves in with her wealthy relatives. However, Aurelie has nothing in common with these distant relatives, so to pass the time, she assumes her father’s pen name, Nathaniel Droll, and continues to write his stories. She relishes his parting story, the story about her mother’s disappearance from the home where she now lives. To finish the story, she will have to seek the secrets from the walls of the old manor and the gossip of her relatives.

The premise and storyline of this story is certainly interesting. I enjoyed the elements of mystery woven throughout. I liked Aurelie but I also occasionally became frustrated with her because she was not as strong and determined as I wished her to be—that being said, she has deep compassion and a gentle heart that are endearing and sweet. Initially I very much enjoyed the complex descriptions and sentences of the novel but after some time, this seemed to slow the plot down. The creative nature of the storyline is definitely worth the read, however. The writing is a little modern for Victorian England but nonetheless there are interesting topics of history such as debtor’s prison in the 1860’s about which to learn. I recommend this novel and look forward to future stories from this debut author.

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Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon

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Trish Bailey is feeling overwhelmed with caring for her ailing mother and managing a stressful job, not to mention doing her best to navigate her love life. But when a series of events occur, all related to Trish’s lapse in memory, she realizes that perhaps she is taking too much on at once. When one such event causes a death, she becomes an object of a police investigation. Detective Colin Flynn is methodical in his methods of uncovering a crime scene. After being assigned to an investigation involving Trish, however, he finds his usual tactics of uncovering clues somewhat hindered by his uncertainty over Trish’s involvement. As he and Trish start to work together to uncover clues, the game turns even more deadly.

I really enjoy Irene Hannon’s contemporary suspense and this novel once again includes fast paced action, intertwining mysteries, and devious villains. The characters are complex and have great development and the romance is tastefully intertwined among the action. I thought perhaps some of the later plot points worked out in an unrealistic manner, but this does not detract from the overall creative nature of the story. I also liked how I got to read from the villain’s perspective every now and again as it provides a chilling look into the killer’s mind. I recommend this novel to all lovers of contemporary suspense and cannot wait to read more in this new series!

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Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris

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Garrett Anderson is excited to leave behind his life as a lawyer and work instead for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, but his job is challenging from day one when he is assigned to a case of a missing girl. This girl appears to be another victim in a stream of serial killer crimes. Garrett soon realizes that this case is bigger than the TBI and works alongside the FBI to solve the mysteries. He is surprised when is assigned to Special Agent Jordan Lambert, an old flame and a love from which he has not yet recovered. As yet another girl goes missing, Garrett and Jordan must team up to attempt to solve the case before the killer aims at them.

This book contained great action and suspense. From page one, there is intrigue and mystery surrounding the murders of the young girls. The plot takes unexpected twists and turns and results in startling events. Although the suspense and action is superbly written, I thought the romance was a little lacking and did not like how the romance spanned so many years. Despite this, the novel is still very enjoyable, particularly because the romance is not central to the story. We finally see a conclusion to Nikki Boyd’s mysteries as well, although reading the first three books in this series is not required as it is a different perspective and time reference than the others. I thoroughly enjoyed this final installment and recommend it to lovers of contemporary suspense!

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