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Monday, January 30, 2017

Therese Heckenkamp Reviews SPLASHDOWN by Linda K. Rodante

Therese Heckenkamp Reviews SPLASHDOWN by Linda K. Rodante

Synopsis from Amazon:

Lynn Stapleton likes designer handbags and high-end clothing, so how did Sharee Jergenson talk her into visiting a homeless site, much less starting a friendship with one of its residents?

Then a hurricane hits Florida, and Lynn finds herself involved in the homeless woman’s murder. Detective Rich Richards thinks Lynn’s connection with the woman is suspicious, but Lynn doesn’t care what the blue-eyed detective thinks. She’s not leaving this investigation until the murderer is found.

On the other hand, Richards finds Lynn not just a disruption to his case, but also to his life as a
nominal Christian. He’d do better to stay away from the tall, willowy blonde, but he can’t—because she and Sharee have unearthed evidence that will convict someone of murder, and that person has marked both women for death.

My Review:

Splashdown is book 3 in The Dangerous Series by Linda K Rodante, but it stands on its own even if you haven’t read the previous two books (I haven’t)—though you’ll likely want to after reading this exciting story. As the series title promises, Splashdown is full of dangerous situations—including some life or death ones—providing an edge-of- your-seat read. The story opens with urgency as a hurricane bears down and Lynn desperately searches for a missing friend. What she finds creates even more tension and propels the story forward.

One of the distinctive things about this novel is that it focuses not on one couple as the romantic
suspense plot unfolds, but two. As a result, we get four points of view (from two men and two women). The author pulls this off well, without creating confusion, so the reader enjoys a very
layered and multi-faceted story.

Lynn has a dismal track record when it comes to dating, but she’s made a promise to God and wants nothing less than a pure relationship that honors Him. Against her better judgment, she finds herself attracted to Detective Richards, a strong-willed man with questionable faith. The two have a lively chemistry that keeps things interesting as they clash over the course of a murder investigation and their budding relationship. The other couple is made up of Lynn’s friends Sharee and John, who are certainly in love, yet struggling with issues in their first year of marriage as they adjust to living not as independent people, but as a united couple trying to follow God’s will.

Amidst the action and suspense, this novel deals with many heavy topics, including homelessness, death, and human trafficking. The characters struggle with why God allows evil in the world, as well has how to deal with loss. Prayer is used as a first line of defense against adversity, and faith and trust is tested and deepened.

Splashdown includes some great plot twists and hidden truths. I really thought I had the main villain figured out and was very happy to be proven wrong. Without a doubt, this novel has all the elements of great contemporary suspense with romance and faith woven in.

About the Reviewer:

Therese Heckenkamp loves to read and write and read about writing. She’s thrilled to be living her childhood dream as an author and has published three Christian suspense novels so far: Past SuspicionFrozen Footprints, and After the Thaw. A busy wife and mother of three, Therese fits in writing time whenever she can manage (and sometimes when she can’t). Visit her at ThereseHeckenkamp.com and follow her on FacebookGoodreadsAmazon, and Twitter.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Brittany McEuen Reviews A SPY'S DEVOTION by Melanie Dickerson

Brittany McEuen reviews A SPY'S DEVOTION by Melanie Dickerson

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In England’s Regency era, manners and elegance reign in public life—but behind closed doors treason and tawdriness thrive. Nicholas Langdon is no stranger to reserved civility or bloody barbarity. After suffering a battlefield injury, the wealthy, well-connected British officer returns home to heal—and to fulfill a dying soldier’s last wish by delivering his coded diary.

At the home of the Wilherns, one of England’s most powerful families, Langdon attends a lavish ball where he meets their beautiful and intelligent ward, Julia Grey. Determined to maintain propriety, he keeps his distance—until the diary is stolen and all clues lead to Julia’s guardian. As Langdon traces an evil plot that could be the nation’s undoing, he grows ever more intrigued by the lovely young woman. And when Julia realizes that England—and the man she is falling in love with—need her help, she finds herself caught in the fray. Will the two succumb to their attraction while fighting to save their country?

Review:

A Spy’s Devotion was a delightful novel! I really enjoy the Regency setting and love finding good, clean books placed in this time period. Add in the fact that this story had a suspenseful thread running through it and also was a Christian fiction novel - well all of these things made me a very happy reader!

The author did a great job of creating characters whom I had extreme compassion for, such as the main character, Julia, and her friend, Sarah. And the hero of the story, Nicholas, was very nicely written. He struggled to balance the life of espionage he found himself entangled in, the interest he felt for Julia, and what his future plans for himself should be.

There were some really awful characters, as well! My, oh my, Julia’s aunt, uncle, and cousin were the personification of greed and selfishness. Their various ploys to demean and use Julia simply made her sweetness all the more impressive.

The espionage and traitorous dealings led to a few very tense moments in the book, along with danger for the main characters. I thoroughly enjoyed A Spy’s Devotion and look forward to reading more in the series.

About Reviewer Brittany McEuen:



I am a busy homeschooling mom to four children, ranging from kindergarten to high school. I’m happily married to my high school sweetheart and am an avid reader and book reviewer. I feature book reviews, giveaways, and occasional author interviews on my blog, Britt Reads Fiction. You can also connect with me on Pinterest and Goodreads.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Iola Goulton Reviews BURIED MEMORIES by Carol J. Post

Iola Goulton Reviews BURIED MEMORIES by Carol J. Post

Amazon Description:

FORGOTTEN PAST


After her broken engagement, Nicki Jackson hoped her move to Cedar Key would give her a fresh start—instead she quickly learns someone's out to destroy her. Are the attacks tied to her mother's recently reopened murder case…or to the nightmares Nicki's beginning to suspect are actually hidden memories? With the threats against her escalating, former soldier Tyler Brant vows to keep Nicki safe. He refuses to lose the woman who's swiftly becoming more than a childhood crush. But when danger circles closer, is Nicki's traumatic past better left forgotten…or are her memories the key to something far more sinister?

My Review:

So Nicki Jackson has settled in her new home of Cedar Key and thinks she’s got her life back on track: house, job, dog, hobby, nice neighbours … especially once she finds Tyler, her teenage best friend, is staying next door.

But this is a Love Inspired Suspense novel, so we know things aren’t going to stay on track for long … and they don’t. There’s plenty of suspense and several plot twists—one of which was kind of given away by the title, but the others certainly caught me unaware.

The characters were excellent. Nicki had a difficult early childhood before being adopted by a lovely couple, yet losing those parents as well. So she’s trying to make it on her own, but also wants to connect with the older sister she hasn’t seen in close to two decades. She’s a strong character who hasn’t had an easy life, but who has chosen to be purposeful and not fall into the same negative patterns her mother did.

We don’t find out as much about Tyler’s upbringing, but we get the impression it also had its low points. But his real issue is his PTSD, something which he’s still struggling to control, and something which gives him and Nicki even more in common … at the same time it could drive them apart (okay, so there was one point in reading Buried Memories where I start on my “men are stupid” rant. But he redeems himself.)

The plot and writing were excellent, and I resented each time I had to leave Nicki and Tyler and Cedar Key because life or children or work or food. Buried Memories is part of Carol Post’s Cedar Key series, but can easily be read as a standalone novel. Overall, an excellent suspense read.

Thanks to the author for providing a free ebook for review. 

About Reviewer Iola Goulton:

I am a freelance editor specializing in Christian fiction, and you can find out more about my services at my website, or follow me on FacebookTwitterPinterest or Tsu .

I love reading, and read and review around 150 Christian books each year on my blog. I'm a Top 25 Reviewer at Christian Book, in the Top 1% of reviewers at Goodreads, and have an Amazon US Reviewer Rank that floats around 2500 (and I'm in the Top 50 at Amazon Australia).