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Monday, February 23, 2015

DEADLY ECHOES by Nancy Mehl

Sandra Ardoin reviews DEADLY ECHOES by Suspense Sister Nancy Mehl.

Sarah Miller and her sister Hannah lived through the tragedy of their parents’ murders. Now, Hannah is dead and Sarah receives guardianship of her niece. For Sarah, too many similarities exist between the deaths of her sister and her parents, and she wonders if she’ll be next.

Together with Deputy Sheriff Paul Gleason, Sarah seeks to prove her sister did not die at the hands of a drug-addicted robber. At the same time, she becomes the guardian of her ten-year-old niece and must deal with the difficulties presented by a grieving, sometimes hostile, child.

Deadly Echoes is the second book in Nancy Mehl’s Finding Sanctuary series. Ms. Mehl’s novels are never as heavy on the romance as most fiction labeled romantic suspense, although you’ll find one in each story. For me, the strength of her books lies in her characters, including the setting.

A variety of personalities people the small town of Sanctuary. Many are Mennonite—some Old Order. Others move there looking for a place to take shelter from their former lives. In reading, one gets a sense of the close-knit and faith-filled community while the story revolves around an invading evil.

This novel opens with a great hook—Sarah as a child hiding from her parents’ killers.
The old familiar fear returned with a vengeance, along with the musty smell of neglect and the sweet scent of sweat. 
How’s that for an opening paragraph?

As an orphan, Sarah grew up in foster homes, separated from her sister. She doesn’t see herself as appealing, especially to Paul. Here’s an example of the way she thinks:
Hannah was the golden child. Smart, beautiful, ambitious, and full of life. I’d lived in her shadow when we were children, and even now, her own daughter recognized her mother’s value over mine. 
For the most part, there are no real surprises with regard to the climax. I suspected who was responsible pretty much right away. Twists come through backstory and a secondary character. Overall, I found the novel an intriguing and thoroughly enjoyable read.

And … I doubt I’ll look at a white orchid again without remembering Sarah.

About the reviewer:

Passionate about horses and a fan of old westerns, it’s only natural that Sandra Ardoin sets her stories in the days of the horse and buggy. Her Christmas novella, The Yuletide Angel, is no exception. Sandy is the married mother of a young adult.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: This book came to me free from the publisher, Bethany House, with the hope that I would mention it on this blog. There was no requirement for me to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

4 comments:

  1. Excellent review, Sandra! Nancy's book sounds exceptional! Thanks for sharing about it!

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  2. I don't know why my comment did not post yesterday, so I will try again!
    Great review! I will be reading this soon and was already looking forward to it, but I am even more excited to read it now!

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  3. Sorry for the delay Sandra but your review was excellent! I'm wondering all about that white Orchid now and putting this on my TBR list!

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  4. The white orchid? I'll never tell! :)

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