Archive for 2011
|Stalker in the Shadows
By Camy Tang / Steeple Hill Books
My Review: This the third installment featuring the Grant sisters. Stalker in the Shadows features the youngest Grant girl, Monica, self-proclaimed wild child. Although she has faithfully cared for her father since his stroke she dreams of something bigger, a free health clinic for children. Following a charity banquet she starts receiving threatening letters encouraging her to abandon her cherished project.
Her knight in shining armor, former border patrolman, Shaun O’Neill, has his own agenda in finding Monica’s stalker. He is looking for his own redemption to quiet the demons which taunt him. He is determined to find the stalker before he can hurt Monica.
This book is true Love Inspired Suspense in every sense of the word, there is love story, excellent suspense, and a line of redemption. From the onset there is an attraction between Shaun and Monica, yet each, for their own reasons, does not want to act on their feelings. The author does a great job of creating suspense in many of the scenes. If she gave any clues in the book who the stalker was, I missed them. She kept me guessing until the end. Although, the main characters are Christians through the story both Monica and Shaun have to examine their lives, their pasts as well as their current motives. One of the things I love about the Love Inspired books is at least one of the characters ends the story a better person than they were at the beginning.
If you’re a fan of Love Inspired you should enjoy the story. Camy Tang’s writing is solid and engaging. Her characters are very real and easy to identify. Although, this deals with the youngest of the three Grant sisters this book stands independently, you won’t feel lost if you haven’t read the other two.
I received this book from the author, but the opinions reflected in this review are my own.
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|Blind Trust, Second Chance Chronicles #3
By Terri Blackstock / Zondervan
Two weeks before he was to marry Sherry, Clint Jessup disappeared without a trace. Now, suddenly, eight months later, he’s back with no explanation, only an impossible request: to trust him. Whatever secret Clint is hiding, it’s changed him. And it’s about to change Sherry. These circumstances can either restore or forever destroy Sherry’s faith not only in Clint, but in others and perhaps in God himself.
Terri Blackstock is a wonderful author! This is one of her older books, and as good as it is her newer writing is better.
Eight months ago, Clint disappears just two weeks before his wedding with Sherry, with no explanation he was just gone. And now he’s back still without an explanation for why he bailed. Sherry is understandably hurt, angry and distrust the man she thought she knew.
The action is fast paced with a lot of action. I thought I had a couple of things figured out but in typical Blackstock fashion she has a couple of expected twists.
One of the things that is really neat about this series, Second Chances, is what Terri shares at the beginning of each book in the series. She shares how when she wrote them early in her career she compromised her beliefs in the stories. Later in her career she was given the rights back to these books and the opportunity (The Second Chance) to retell the stories.
A wonderful story. The first person who reads this review and emails me at email@example.com with your mailing address I’ll send you my copy of this book.