Troubled Waters ~ by Susan May Warren

Troubled Waters is the 4th book in the Montana Rescue Series by Rita Award winner, Susan May Warren.

Blurb

Billionaire Ian Shaw can have everything he wants–except a happy ending. Or at least that’s what it feels like with his fortune recently liquidated, his niece, Esme, still missing, and the woman he loves refusing to speak to him. In fact, he doubts she would date him even if they were stranded on a deserted island.

Despite her love for Ian, Sierra Rose knows he has no room in his life for her as long as the mystery of his missing niece goes unsolved. The only problem is, Sierra has solved it, but a promise to Esme to keep her whereabouts secret has made it impossible to be around Ian.

When the PEAK chopper is damaged and Sierra lacks the funds to repair it, Ian offers a fundraising junket for large donors on his yacht in the Caribbean. But the three-day excursion turns into a nightmare when a rogue wave cripples the yacht and sends the passengers overboard. Shaken up and soaked to the bone, Ian finally has a chance to test his theory when he and Sierra do indeed find themselves washed up on a strange, empty shore.

It will take guts and gumption for the PEAK team to rescue the duo. But it will take a miracle to rescue Ian and Sierra’s relationship.

My Comment:

I enjoyed Troubled Waters and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys fast-paced suspense novels. This is a continuation of the Montana Rescue series and although it could stand alone, I think it’s a help to have read one or more of the earlier books.
There were times when I felt frustrated with the on and off approach of the two main couples. I also found it difficult to keep track of the characters. For that reason I’m awarding 4 stars. I nevertheless look forward to the next in the series.

A Time to Laugh ~ (Under the Sun – Seasons to Change Book 1)

For thirty years, Brian and Elizabeth Dunham have served on the mission field. Unable to have children of their own, they’ve been a father and mother to countless orphans in six African countries. When an unexpected beach-house inheritance and a lung disease diagnosis coincide, they realize that perhaps God is telling them it’s time to retire.

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Traces of Guilt – by Dee Henderson

Traces of Guilt Book ReviewI am a fan of Dee Henderson’s novels, and so I was thrilled for the opportunity to review Trace of Guilt. I enjoyed the story immensely, but it is missing the suspense and clear romances of most of her other books. This is not a bad thing; it is just good if the reader anticipates this. The suspense is more of a speculation as no active crime happens in the story. The romance thread is there, but it is either found in established marriages or it is left hanging, presumably to be continued in one of the sequels.

Unlike the majority of Dee’s novels, in Traces of Guilt there is a good deal of “telling” as opposed to “showing”, yet despite that I became absorbed in the story from the beginning and didn’t want to put the book down. I would call it a Christian mystery novel, as the theme revolves around a number of cold cases and who-dun-it and where they hid the bodies.

Those who have enjoyed previous books by this author will enjoy meeting up with a number of old friends from previous stories as well as the introduction of a number of new characters. Nevertheless, the book is a stand-alone and it is not necessary to have read previous books by her. read more

Cold Shot Book Review

Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey

Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey opens with a mysterious grave in the Gettysburg Memorial cemetery. The shallow grave contains a body that doesn’t belong. Park Ranger and former sniper, Griffin McCray, is called in to investigate. Beautiful forensic anthropologist, Finley Scott, is included in the team. She is battling to overcome a crippling fear left over from her last case. read more

Journey of the Heart Book Review

Journey of the Heart by DiAnn Mills

Journey of the Heart is a Christian historical fiction story set in the year 1857. DiAnn Mills has done her thorough research into the traditions of the Comanche Indians of that period of time, which makes for interesting reading.

White woman Katie Colter promises her dying father that she will leave her Comanche home where she has grown up and join her aunt and uncle at the white man’s fort. However, when she leaves the Indian family whom she loves, she also leaves Lone Eagle, the warrior she has pledged to marry.

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Where She Belongs by Johnnie Alexander

Where She BelongsNewly widowed Shelby Kincaid decides to move with her two young daughters to the small town of Misty Willow to live in her family’s old homestead.

Newly widowed Shelby Kincaid decides to move with her two young daughters to the small town of Misty Willow to live in her family’s old homestead.

She knows there is going to be a lot of work getting the abandoned home to the condition she knows it can be. It is the only place where she ever felt she belonged, and she longs to have her children grow up in touch with their heritage.

The house has been neglected for so long and is in need of massive repairs, however Shelby knows she can do it, and looks forward to the challenge. read more

Step by Step ~ by Candace Calvert

Step by Step

Step by Step is the second book in Candace Calvert’s Crisis Team series.

ER nurse Taylor Cabot is anxious to move on in her life, following the tragic death of her husband three years ago. She has created a “Survival List” and is working through the various items step by step. Her final point is “Fall in love again”, and the story begins as she is about to do just that: fall for a handsome but controlling plastic surgeon.

Then crisis chaplain Seth Donovan, who supported her through the grief process following her husband’s death, comes back into her life. She sees him as her best friend and is grateful for a chance to reconnect with him.

As a result of a horrific car accident, hidden facts and strong emotions flare up, threatening to destroy all Taylor has gone through while following her Survival List. She leans on her beloved dog, Hooper, for support and when he too seems to be leaving her, Taylor falls apart.

Not only does there seem little hope for her ever achieving the final item on her list, “Fall in love again”, many other successfully completed points seem to fall away as well.

As an RN myself, I love Candace’s books. I enjoy reading about the medical stress of ER and how it impacts the personal lives of the main characters. In Step by Step, the characters are so believable I nearly wept for Taylor, became furious with the plastic surgeon, and wanted to shake Seth Donovan! The plot was believable and gripping, and I read it within two days.

I did feel there was too much said about the points of crisis counseling, and at times I found myself speed-reading over the teaching which I felt slowed the story down. I wanted to get back to my main characters and what was happening outside the classroom. Regardless of this, I am still awarding this book a 5-star, and I look forward to the next in the series. At time of writing, this book is currently available for pre-order here.

I received a free advanced digital copy of this novel from Tyndale publishers in exchange for my unbiased opinion. Thank you to them and to Net-Galley for making it available.

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