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Monday, September 29, 2014

BLIND TRUST by Sandra Orchard

 Sybil Bates McCormack reviews:
Sandra Orchard’s Blind Trust tracks the fledgling romance between herbal medicine researcher Kate Adams and handsome, former FBI agent Tom Parker. For some strange reason, Kate just can’t seem to keep herself out of harm’s way or off of newly-minted Detective Parker’s diverting suspect list. Lucky girl.

As the novel opens, Kate’s been accused of passing counterfeit bills at the local supermarket. And you guessed it: “Hunkster” Tom’s dispatched to investigate. Will the perceptive detective believe Kate innocent of knowingly passing $30.00 counterfeit Canadian when she claims to have purchased the groceries at the request of an elderly neighbor?

You bet.

But the rollercoaster literary ride Orchard’s designed to barrel toward a “twisty,” “turny,” terrific climax has only just begun. Along the way, you’ll meet a quirky cast of characters that includes a slickster-type mayor, an elderly German herbalist, a down-on-his-luck divorcé and a smattering of ominous mystery men.

Who should Kate trust? It’s anybody’s guess.

Okay. So, I cheated.

I broke the cardinal rule against jumping into a three-book series in the middle—a mistake I won’t make again—especially not with gifted author Sandra Orchard at the helm.

Don’t get me wrong. Ms. Orchard did an incredible job of weaving just enough backstory into “Blind Trust” to acquaint obstinate readers like yours truly—who failed to read the first book first—with what had transpired previously.

I only meant to imply that I can’t wait to read everything in Ms. Orchard’s growing backlist of inspy tomes.

The second novel in the author’s inspirational romantic suspense series entitled “Port Aster Secrets,” “Blind Trust” not only captured my attention but held me in breathless anticipation until the bittersweet—trust me when I say that’s the right word—end.

There’s plenty of payoff to be had as “Blind Trust” reaches its inevitable—and yet way unexpected—end.


But take my advice. Read DeadlyDevotion, the first in Orchard’s sensational Port Aster series, first. I definitely plan to do so before the year is out!

Sybil Bates McCormack, a licensed Georgia attorney since 1998, practiced personal injury and then employment law until May 2014. Now the stay-at-home mom of a rambunctious school-aged son and a multi-talented teenaged daughter, she writes healthcare proposals for a living during the day, lurches haltingly toward fulfilling her dream of writing Christian romantic suspense novels at night, and shares in the inevitable joys and upheavals of launching a start-up church ministry alongside her bi-vocational pastor husband. As if that weren’t enough, she stretches herself way too thin on social media. Don’t believe it? You can visit Sybil at her blog, Christian Romance/Pulsating Suspense, follow her on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter, friend her on GoodReads, connect with her on LinkedIn, and circle her on Google+. Believe it now?

13 comments:

  1. I can tell you have a passion about this book, Sybil! LOVE the way you get into your reviews! And yes, this book is definitely on my list!

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  2. I'm glad to hear it, Marji. Sandra Orchard is quickly becoming one of my inspy faves. I enjoy her work for LIS as well. And thanks for your kind words.

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  3. I LOVED this book, Sybil! You are so right about jumping into the middle of this series. I did the same thing with Blind Trust and, although you learn the backdrop and know the gist of what's going on, it left me so excited to read the previous book as well as the next one. I was kicking myself for missing book one! I plan to go back and read it also. Thank you for such a beautifully written and insightful review!

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  4. Hi, Wanda! Thanks for popping over with your comment and for your compliment on the review. I'm so glad to find out I wasn't the only one who "cheated" on this one. Let's make a pledge to never do that again, okay? LOL! Enjoy the rest of your week. :-)

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  5. Looking forward to reading this book. Love Sandra Orchard's writing.

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  6. That's great to hear, Carolyne. You're in for a real treat with this one. I've been under deadline after deadline recently in "real life" and still found this book hard to book down at night. I'm pretty certain the dark circles under my eyes are just beginning to clear up. LOL!

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    1. Oops! I meant "PUT down at night." Maybe I'm a little more tired than I realized. Hahahaha!

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  7. Sounds great! I have this novel but not the first one. Now I am going to make sure I read the first one before this one.

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    1. Yes, Brittany! I'm pretty certain you don't want to miss a thing. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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  8. Wow, thank you so much, Sybil for sharing this review. Carolyne tipped me off about it. You made my day!

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    1. Oh, Sandra, what a sweetheart you are to stop by! You definitely made MY day by commenting. Your books are absolutely phenomenal, and I can't wait to read ALL the rest. Thanks for obeying God's nudge to write. Blessings!

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  9. Like you, Sybil, I came in on the middle of the series with this book, but it was so easy to follow. Enjoyed your review!

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    1. Thanks, Sandra.Hmm... I think I'm beginning to see a trend here. Perhaps Sandra should force us all to read the first book in the series before the others by making the second book impossible to follow otherwise ...

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      No?

      Okay. Maybe not. :-)

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