About this Book

Sophie Wittenbauer left her strict Mennonite hometown under a cloud of shame and regret. After a rough childhood, her teenage poor choices harmed others, leaving her with no choice but to change her life. Her entry-level writing job at a newspaper puts her in the right place at the right time to overhear office gossip about a prisoner who has information on a decades-old unsolved crime. While the other reporters write off the tip as the ravings of an angry criminal, Sophie can’t ignore it because she knows the name of this prisoner from her old life.

Upon learning from the man that one of the other suspects is hiding out in the Missouri town of Sanctuary, she takes on a false identity to investigate and meets the young pastor of a local church–the very man she’d loved as a troubled teenager. As she gets closer to finding the suspect, will the truth of her own past come out before she discovers the identity of the criminal–or the very person she’s seeking puts a fatal stop to her investigation?


About the Author

Nancy Mehl lives in Festus, Missouri with her husband Norman and her very active puggle, Watson. She’s authored over twenty-one books and is currently at work on her newest series for Bethany House Publishing.

All of Nancy’s novels have an added touch – something for your spirit as well as your soul. “I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing,” Nancy says. “God is number one in my life. I wouldn’t be writing at all if I didn’t believe that this is what He’s called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan for your life, and there is nothing you can’t overcome with His help.” Learn more about Nancy at her website…

My Review

From the opening pages I found this story interesting. The characters had a depth to them that made me not only enjoy them but relate to them. The story had several facets to it that kept my attention throughout.

I found Sophie was an extremely interesting character. The author revealed aspects abut her throughout the story. It kept me guessing what her secrets were. Jonathan was also interesting but didn’t hold quite as many secrets. The author did a great job developing their relationship. At one point I was so caught up in their story I had forgotten Sophie’s purpose for being in Sanctuary.
The story was very good and kept me guessing. I did have some of my suspicions confirmed but was blindsided by other aspects. That fact made this a very enjoyable story.
Even more than the story was the message. This story tells of God’s forgiveness and how He can heal the dark places in our lives. It also wrestles with the struggle that many face in regards to the terrible things that “Christians” do to others. Where Sophie ends the story is a very realistic place. Another kudo to the author for keeping it real.
This book does appear to be part of a series, but I didn’t feel lost. It did make me want to read other books in the series and by this author.

Disclaimer:  I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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