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Spatzle Speaks: A Shattered Image (Book Review)

I’ll admit I’m a sucker for a good romantic suspense because Mom cuddles up to me more as she reads them. This debut novel, Through a Shattered Image by Linda Widrick is a winner in that category.

First of all let’s just put a young woman, Karina into a Witness Protection program under a new name, Leah. She’s never met her handler and they only talk on the phone. She doesn’t realize that the job she chose puts him in the precarious position of also being her employer. But what a better way for a US Marshal to keep his charge safe?

Phillip didn’t anticipate the complication of falling in love with his employee, as she confesses to him her attraction for her boss when they talk on the phone, about her loneliness and the challenges of adapting to living a life that’s a lie. And she doesn’t know the truth about him or her boss… who are one and the same person also living a lie.

Add to the mix some criminals and an unknown twin who is searching for her sister, a plane crash, and a kidnapping of Phillips young child, and you have a multi-layered story filled with love, passion, frustration, and new dreams for a future for all the main characters.

I strongly recommend this novel as it has everything a good read requires to keep you riveted to the page and waiting to see if Leah and Phillip could possibly overcome their obstacles to reach a happily-ever-after. I give this book five bones, because I’m a dog and I don’t have thumbs. 

Spatzle Baganz, book reviewer for the silygoos blog because that’s how we roll.

Writer Wednesday: Danele Rotharmel

Danele Rotharmel

Danele is a sweet spirit with a personal story as compelling as the fiction she writes. I hope you enjoy getting to know and enjoy her as much as I have since we first met face to face in May of 2014 in the Rocky Mountains.

When did you decide that you would be an author? Was it something you fell into, felt called to… ?

I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was five, but illness seemed to cut those dreams short. A faulty furnace in my home had a low-level carbon monoxide leak that almost killed me. This poisoning triggered severe Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. My illness continued to worsen, and eventually, I was quarantined in my home for seven years. As I began to regain my health, I used writing as a way to escape my physical pain and loneliness. When the pain was especially bad, I would lie in bed, look up at the ceiling, and think up plot twists and funny scenes. The Time Counselor Chronicles was my secret land. It was my escape hatch. It was the place where my pain, heartache, and loneliness couldn’t invade. By the time quarantine was over, I had written the first six book in my series. Time Tsunami, my first book, was published just a few weeks ago. When I was writing my books, I harbored a breathless dream that they would someday be published, but publication wasn’t why I was writing. I was writing to entertain myself and give myself hope.

What’s your pet peeve?

Besides pens that leak all over my manuscript or running out of Post-It-Notes? I suppose it would be lack of time. The days stream by so quickly. It feels like I just get up and then it’s time to go to bed again. I don’t know how the hours fly by so fast! I get whiplash just by looking at the clock! I also HATE hyphens. I drive myself NUTS over hyphens. Honestly, they are the bane of my existence. It doesn’t matter how much I study the rules surrounding them—I still get confused. Most people get confused over commas—but me?? Ugg!! It’s those nasty little hyphens. I actually had a nightmare about them once—the hyphens in my manuscript turned into squirmy, hissing snakes and crawled over and tried to strangle me.

What was your most embarrassing moment as a writer?

Oh, Susan! You ACTUALLY want me to admit it?? It’s funny now, but it was horrible at the time. When I was getting ready for the Christian Writer’s Conference in Estes Park, Colorado, one of the things I had to do was prepare a synopsis of Time Tsunami. I worked for months on that synopsis. I perfected EVERY detail. I scrutinized every comma—the placement of every sentence. But when I went to the conference and began handing my synopsis out to editors, I realized that I had misspelled tsunami. Oh!—The!—Agony! It reminded me of my high school graduation party when I “Mr. Cleaned” the counters twenty times and totally forgot to dust the end tables by the couch. Somehow, the word “tsunami” was wrong in my computer’s dictionary, and I never caught the mistake. Luckily, no one at the conference did either—or else they were too nice to mention it.

 What has been your most difficult challenge as an author?

Hands down, my illness. There were years when I literally couldn’t write a word. I’d try so hard to write, but it was as if the creative part of my brain was frozen. It was like trying to run on crippled feet or trying to see with blind eyes. When my partial amnesia cleared up, so did my problems with writing. I was so glad when I could write stories again. There is such a creative rush that occurs during the writing process. I really missed it when I was ill.

How do you process rejections and/or negative reviews?

Being a writer can be very scary. You’re taking a secret part of yourself, putting it on display, and holding it up for criticism. You’ve spent countless hours agonizing over your book, trying to make it just right. You hope that everyone will love it, but that’s not realistic. We live in a world where some people don’t like chocolate or ice cream. And if that’s the case, there’s no way everyone is going to like what you write. Rejection hurts, but I try to put it in perspective. And the first step is to categorize why the negative review is coming my way. Is it constructive and meant to make me better? Is it a matter of taste—like broccoli vs. green beans? Or is it mean? If it’s constructive, I listen and try to learn. If it’s a matter of taste, I try to shrug it off. If it’s mean-spirited, I pray for that person and realize that everyone has bad days. When it comes to rejection, I think the most important thing is to be confident in who you are and what you are writing. If you love your book, it doesn’t really matter what anyone says–but OUCH it hurts sometimes!

What do you feel is the best success so far in your writing career?

The proudest moment of my life was when my father told me he loved my book.

What would be your top three pieces of advice to newer, up and coming authors?

  1. Don’t force publication. Wait on God’s timing. Make sure you’re where God wants you to be. Seek His face. God has a perfect plan in motion—wait for it to unfold. And when God tells you to move—do it!
  2. Try to make a schedule and write something—even if it’s only a sentence—every day. Use the moments right before you go to sleep, and right after you wake up, to think about your story. I plan most of my dialogue and plot twists that way—not at the computer.
  3. Enjoy writing. Make it fun. Write for YOUR pleasure. Get a KICK out of it! If your book is entertaining to you—it probably will be for your readers too. Giggle at your funny scenes. Cry at your sad ones. Be breathless. Be energized. Don’t stand aloof from your characters—live the story with them. Let your book come alive. Immerse yourself in it, and HAVE A BLAST!

As a Christian author, what would you like your legacy to be?

I wrote my novels as a way to distract myself from physical pain and the loneliness of quarantine. I want my books to be an enjoyable escape for my readers.  I want them to get lost in the world I created. But more than that, I want my readers to see God’s love. During quarantine, I came to a deeper understanding of God and my relationship with Him. I’m hoping that some of what I learned is transmitted through the pages of my novels.

What is your current work in process?

On January 15th my book, Time Tsunami, was released. Time Tsunami is the first book in The Time Counselor Chronicles. I wrote it while I was in quarantine, and I had such a BLAST creating the characters and engineering plot twists! Here’s the back cover blurb:

To stop a cruel serial killer, she must travel twenty-four years into the past… Gil Montgomery, a cadet in the Temporal Counseling Program, can’t wait to pass her field exam and become a professional time surfer. The TEMCO program targets death-row offenders for time-based counseling while they’re children.  For her exam, Gil will travel twenty-four years into the past to counsel ten-year-old Danny Winston before he murders his abusive babysitter, Rick Olsen.  Preventing the stabbing should stop the chain of events leading to Danny’s eventual execution. Gil’s assignment seems simple until her adviser, Dr. William Ableman, learns that Rick is a serial killer targeting Danny’s mother.  If Gil stays and protects the Winstons, she might not survive.  William wants the woman he loves to be pulled from the field, but if Gil fails to complete her assignment, it will unleash a Time Tsunami and destroy the timeline. As TEMCO undergoes an emergency lockdown, and Gil’s fellow cadets try to figure out what’s happening, Gil and William learn the importance of faith and the price of true love. Everyone’s fate is resting in Gil’s hands, but does she have the strength she needs to defeat a ruthless serial killer intent on annihilating everyone in his path? Will she return from the deadly mission…

I hope that people will really enjoy my book. I hope it brings them happiness.

Thank you so much for interviewing me, Susan! I really appreciate the opportunity to talk with you and your readers.

 Links to social media:

 My Blog: https://dragonflydanele.wordpress.com/

My Blog’s Welcome Page: https://dragonflydanele.wordpress.com/welcome/

Amazon link to my book: Time Tsunami




Shattered Trust (J. Chris Richards)

ShatteredTrust_Ebook1 copyJ. Chris Richard’s debut novel, Shattered Trust is everything a suspense novel should be. Written for the inspirational market the journey to redemption by a police officer could not be more timely given the current events in our nation.

Officer Logan Taul realizes that he’s become a monster. Not a police officer out to protect the public but more to assert his authority. Confronting the evil within him is painful enough without the need to confront it from without and his transformation comes with a cost. Logan embraces this journey in spite of the pain and sacrifice to become the kind of police officer he intended to be when he started on the force. But his journey also reveals other areas in his life desperately needing reform.

A group of rag-tag teenagers adopt him and begin to show him what life and friendship are really all about. Although he’s tutoring some of them, he’s the one learning the real-life lessons he’d lost along the way. And when physical attacks come, and his reputation is torn to shreds, it is the faith of these young people who keep him moving forward to redemption.

He also confronts his real identity as a dead-beat father and strives to reconcile with his estranged ex-wife and children. This too is not easily done.

In our country, police are often maligned and while this story shows a corrupt officer, it is one of redemption, growth and earning the right to wear the badge. Officer Logan Taul shows how difficult and dangerous that struggle can be and his change and its ripple effect impact the lives of many around him.

This story grabs you and doesn’t let go. We all have monsters as part of ourselves and while this is a novel filled with suspense it is also one of hope and a story of healing and growth that is heartwarming. Kudos to J. Chris Richards for her rich characters and storytelling. Blue lives matter and she honors that beautifully. 

Winter Watch (Book Review)

WinterWatch_Ebook (2)It’s been chilly up in the midwest, and Anita Klumper’s new romantic suspense novel, Winter Watch, is what the doctor ordered to get my heart pumping. (well, that and a cozy chair by the fireplace and a cup of something warm!)

Claudia finds herself stranded in northern Wisconsin when she travels there to uncover the true owner of a watch with age old secrets. She meets up with a bevy of characters from the local dog-catcher to the and old, yet sage, blind man and a fun husband and wife team who own the B&B while home schooling their cheeky teenage son. Throw in a slobbering dog, an eccentric restaurant, an old boy friend, winter storms and mysterious happenings that culminate in murder. Claudia needs to decide whether the watch is worth losing the lives of the people she comes to care for.

I really enjoyed this story and the unusual romance that develops between Claudia and Ezra. The bookends to the story add another dimension of depth to the entire tale of this mysterious watch and its elusive fob and just who the real owner is. Who would have thought something so old would create such chaos? Anita’s research and attention to details in this story is riviting and fun. It is a story I highly recommend. I look forward to reading more from this author!


The Love Thief (Book Review)

TheLoveThiefThe Love Thief is a novella by Daisy Jerico and is her debut work out by Prism Book Group

Sandra has overcome a difficult past and is on the cusp of realizing her dream of being a jewelry designer while she manages a jewelry store for her boss.

A break-in and theft at the store, however, threatens that dream when she comes under suspicion. The problem is, Sandra didn’t steal the jewelry which included her own design that she had sunk every last penny into. Now her job is in jeopardy as well as her freedom. On top of her life falling apart, a mammoth dog has chosen her to be his owner. How much more can one girl take?

She’s not given much of a choice but to work with an ex-thief to try to trap the real culprit, her former boyfriend, a Svengali type of guy who still thinks that Sandra would want him back after he set her up for a fall five years ago.

Throw in a mammoth dog and some mishaps and you have one humorous yet suspenseful love story.

Will Sandra catch the thief and live to tell about it? Could love flourish in the midst of this? Spoiler – the real love thief is Viking, the dog. Thoroughly loved this story and the cover makes me grin.

This is a novella and available as an e-book only.

Fatal Judgement (Book Review)

fatal judgementI love free books on Kindle because sometimes I find spectacular new favorites. I found Dee Henderson that way and now I’ve discovered the fabulous romantic suspense of Irene Hannon in her novel Fatal Judgement (Guardians of Justice, Book 1).

Jake Taylor is a U.S. Marshal who has been around the block and the world keeping people and countries safe. He’s recently transferred to St. Louis to be closer to family but has to hit the ground running when a murder happens at the home of a federal judge.  His new assignment is to provide protection for her: Liz Michaels, the widow of his best friend who he believes is responsible for his death. Regardless of his feelings he has a sworn duty to guard her life and he will, until warmer feelings start to interfere with his normal professional facade and defense against his own buried grief.

As they hunt down the killer, romance sizzles between the two but will the killer return and succeed where he failed before? Will Jake have the chance to tell Liz that he loves her before it’s too late?

Irene has done fabulous research and her characters are multi-layered and the plot is enough that I lost valuable sleep. Faith plays a role in the lives of the characters as they struggle to depend on God in the midst of deep grief and loss. This is the first in a series and I cannot wait to read the rest of them!


Th Chase and The Survivor (Book Reviews)

I am new to the writing of seasoned author DiAnn Mills but am definitely a convert to her romantic suspense’s after reading The Chase and The Survivor.

the chaseIn the first book in the Crime Scene: Houston series, The Chase, Kariss Walker is an author who wants to write about a crime that had haunted her for years. She gains a favor from the FBI and manages to work with Special Agent Tigo Harris who is not too happy to be babysitting the annoying author, much less dig up a cold case that also gnawed at him. In the process of her research, they get the cold case reopened but the quest to find justice for the murdered child puts both their lives in danger.

survivorIn the second book, The Survivor, Kariss is recruited by a psychologist who was once brutally attacked and left for dead as a child. Dr. Amy Garrett wants her story told but suspects that doing so may flush out the murderer who accidently let her live when so many others died. Kariss had dated Tigo but had walked away from the relationship because of his lack of faith in Christ. They are drawn together as she diane millsonce again finds herself in the crossfire of a cold case turned hot.

I really enjoyed the action and attention to detail that DiAnn weaves into her stories. She obviously has done a lot of research and work with the FBI to be able to tell tales like this and that alone makes them fascinating.  They are filled with complexity and depth and rich characters and I fell in love with tough cop Tigo and too-stubborn-for-her-own-good, Kariss. I look forward to book number three. Please, DiAnn, say there will be one!

Breath of Dawn (Book Review)

I came across Kristen Heitzmann’s book, The Breath of Dawn, as I read it to judge for the INSPY award. This book was one of the top five for the romance short-list. And it WON!!!!!

This is what our final statement about the book was: Irrespective of the category The Breath of Dawn was judged by, don’t let that fool you; this novel is much more than just a romance. It’s full of excitement, challenges and a heart-tugging romance that blossoms under the sanctity of marriage. Kristen Heitzmann deftly balances romance, suspense, history and a much-needed spiritual message without letting any element suffer out of respect to another. The romance between Quinn and Morgan is tender, yet blossoms into something more passionate over the course of the story. The growing relationship between our hero and heroine is believable, and assisted by fleshed-out secondary characters who begin to feel like family by the end of the novel. Quinn’s appeal grows when the reader learns that she grew up in a cult-like religious community, introducing a backstory that makes her all the more relatable. The discussion of the community is a bold move on Heitzmann’s part, but it is dealt with in a manner that is neither derogatory or sounds like a sermon. The spiritual message in The Breath of Dawn organically grows out of the story, tying all of these elements together to produce a well-rounded, satisfying story.

Now here is MY review:

Breath of Dawn coverI had never read Kristen’s work before and was immediately drawn into this book and found it almost impossible to put down.

Morgan Spencer is a business guru. He solves problems but finds his life derailed when his wife dies in a tragic accident leaving him the father of their three-month-old daughter. He hides away at his brother’s ranch, writes books and licks his wounds.

Quinn Reilly is living under the radar, running an Ebay business and hoping that the brave testimony from her past against a cultic pastor doesn’t catch up to her.

Morgan and Quinn meet and are instantly attracted, but Morgan can’t risk his heart and Quinn is prepared to run if her troubles come hunting for her. Trouble does come and Quinn does run – straight to the master-problem-solver, Morgan.

Together can they solve their mutual problems without risking their hearts? As they confront the pain from both of their pasts, can they come out the other end alive and with their hearts intact?

I loved this novel for several reasons. First, it’s a romantic suspense and Kristen does a great job in getting you to care about both of her main characters without painting them as saints. Second, Kristen brings up the idea of cultic heretical teaching and the gullibility of many to be sucked into that. While that may seem a fictional, unreal circumstance it unfortunately is very real for many people. I love that she made those people human, even though they were terribly deceived. Third, grief is a tragic burden for anyone to bear and heal from, but healing does occur and Quinn is a sweet woman with a deeper compassion for others than one would expect for a girl who had been denied that in her own family. Fourth, faith is treated in a very real way. There is no preaching here. The concept of not asking God for anything – only to praise him because it seems manipulative to make a request (coming out of a cult this is a natural thing), is juxtaposed with the imagry of a loving father (Morgan). Last, but not least, there is a minor story of the treatment/abuses of the mentally ill and it is treated with grace and compassion as well, instead of mockery and ridicule.

There is much to love about this story. The only down side was that it ended and I so wanted to read more of happier days for Morgan and Quinn.

Discarded Heroes Series by Ronie Kendig (Book Review)

I’ve become a fan of romantic suspense. What can I say? There’s something about the danger and a man of honor willing to lay it all on the line for his team, his country and the people he loves. This series looks at a group of men assembled for black-ops. Undercover international operatives that are not acknowledged by the government but go in and do the dirty work no one else wants to. The name of this team is Nightshade (also title of the first book) and is made up of men with dark pasts who have been spat out by the military and struggling with issues related to what they did (like PTSD) struggle to fit into the real world again. Nightshade gives them a purpose and a community to rehabilitate in as it were.

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Discarded Heroes Series by Ronie Kendig


The first book tells the story of Max Jacobs (aka “Frogman”)– a former navy SEAL who is on the verge of divorce because of his anger issues. He’s still in love with his wife, who works as a reporter. Max is is the leader under the authority of “The Old Man” General Olin Lambert, a member of the joint chiefs. He equips them and gives them their orders and works to help them when they need it. General Lambert grows to love these men like they are his sons.

Max’s wife Sydney is distraught – and unbeknownst to her soon to be ex-husband, pregnant. Her nosey news search almost uncovers the very rescues her husband is undertaking, putting the team at risk. Her journeys take her directly into his path and things get messy. With the help of his friends, Max finds his way back to what’s really important to him in this life. Oh, and they defeat the bad guys too.


Colton “Cowboy” Neeley has a four year old daughter and is falling in love with a woman working at a department store. “Cowboy” loves wearing the hat and boots and talks with a Southern drawl. In book one he is the man who has the common sense on the team and is a close friend to Max.

Unfortunately, Piper Blum, the woman he falls in love with, has her own secrets, secrets that put Colton’s family into a life-threatening situation as well as his team. The struggle for faith in the face of grief and deception all around is a riveting read as Colton faces his flashbacks and finds love along the way.


Canyon Metcalfe, aka “Midas” is a former Green Beret and medic who left his service to his country under threats and a weight of shame and blame for a mission gone wrong. His brother rescues a woman who had been held captive for months in Venezuala, raped and tortured but escaped to try to deliver top secret information to her god-father, “The Old Man.”  Her name is smeared and the only way to preserve her life and reputation is to return to Venezuela with Nightshade. She has already fallen hard and fast for Canyon who fights his attraction to her in deference to his brother’s “staked claim.”

A mission gone bad, a secret addiction and growing attraction lead to unforeseen consequences and deep pain as they are captured, separated and tortured. Canyon finds that the past and the present come together to exonerate him but along the way he acquires a family while alienating his brother after trying to “man up” and take responsibility for his mistakes.


This was probably the hardest book in the series to read. It’s like a massive puzzle piece of points of view as Nightshade has been attacked and dismantled but they don’t know by who. A spy, Kazi Falcon is hired by the  General to bring the team together again. Her first job is to break Griffen “Legend” Riddell out of a maximum security prison. Once on the run and out to save the others, Griffen falls hard and fast for the secretive Kazi.

Kazi however has her own battles to fight as she tries to complete the mission that the General has hired her for and has learned that men are not to be trusted. As the team reassembles from various areas of the globe the tension ratchets up with every page turn and the ending had me in tears.


These are fast moving, adrenaline pumping books and hard to put down. One caution – do not read them too close to bedtime, if you do, give up sleep and just finish the novel. You’ll rest better for having gotten to the end! It’s sad that this is the end of the series because I am sure I could have read far more books about this team. Ronie encourages readers to connect with www.soldiersangels.org to adopt a military man and offer support for those who put their lives on the line for our freedoms.

Uncommon Heroes (Book Series Review)

Normally I review one book – but this time I’m giving you the whole series, because hey, when you start a series it is beyond cool that you can read every single book because they have actually been written. No waiting around for the next installment! Dee Henderson’s Uncommon Hero’s Series is just that – a four book compilation of romance and suspense.

The difference between this series and The O’Malley Series is not only in the context of “heroes” but also that in this book, both the male and female protagonist are all believers in Christ – so the relationships start out with that firm foundation, something the O’Malley’s did not have on their side.

This series is a beautiful tribute to the men and women who serve, often without notice, and willingly risk their lives to preserve our freedoms.


True DevotionBook one is True Devotion. This book looks at the life of a Navy Seal, or more importantly, his widow who works as a lifeguard close to the Seal base of operations. Since her husband’s unexplained death Kelly Jacobs has leaned heavily on his best friend, Lieutenant Joe “Bear” Baker.

Joe, however, is harboring a few secrets and a lot of guilt. He knows Kelly’s husband, Nick, died saving Joe’s life. He also struggles to admit that he’s fallen in love with Kelly. That is until she nearly drowns and tells him that she loves him. Then the real adventure begins as they try to sort out their relationship as the enemy responsible for Nick’s death, returns and puts Kelly in danger. Can love survive the trials of SEAL life?

I loved watching the relationship struggled and each fought against the doubts and worries as well as their faith in the midst of the challenges they face. The action just keeps coming and Dee Henderson does a masterful job of giving details, enough to keep the action moving and not too much to bog you down.

True Valor


In True Valor, Major Bruce “Striker” Stanton is a parajumper who is not fond of the water. His only living relative is his sister, Jill, who is a civilian dating a Navy Seal, “Wolf” who works with Joe “Bear” Baker from book 1. Jill’s best friend is Wolf’s cousin, Lieutenant Grace “Gracie” Yates who is a fighter pilot with the Navy. After a near death experience, Striker writes her a letter. She gets it before her next deployment and they strike up a relationship by mail.

Gracie can’t see how a relationship can survive military separations but starts to fall in love with the man who writes her letters baring his heart and cracking open hers. When her plane goes down in enemy territory, it is Striker who rescues her and finds that he is in love. Now he just has to convince her to take a chance on him.

This was not a wishy-washy relationship, on and off type of thing, this is one that blooms over time, distance and real physical threats. I enjoyed the letter writing part of this which is a unique way to tell part of a story and reveal character’s hearts. Again, Dee Henderson gives lots of details about missions and planes and made me realize I would never want to be one of those people flying and trying to land on an aircraft carrier! I felt anxious with every landing! That’s how well they are written.

True Honor preferred imageTRUE HONOR

True Honor is book number three. Darcy St. James retired from the CIA after being awarded the Intelligence Star for Valor. She’s a spy. Or at least she was. But with a contract out on her head she’s retreated to the seclusion of North Dakota and a much more relaxed life until circumstances pull her back into action just before the 9-11 attacks.

Chief Petty Officer Sam “Cougar” Houston meets Darcy quite by accident after his friend Wolf’s wedding (from book two). He is one of Joe “Bear” Baker’s bear cubs and Wolf is his partner. Serving as a Navy Seal his specialty is working as a sniper. He rescues Darcy after she is attacked in a flubbed attempt at murder and sticks with her as events unfold around the world to reveal terrorists. Much of what Darcy uncovers sends Cougar into danger to help route the enemy. Eventually together they succeed and perhaps find love in the process.

Lots of detail and intrigue in this novel. (Not that there wasn’t in book one as well, book two’s enemy was war-time deployment and battles fought on foreign soil). The connection between Cougar and Darcy is quick, but it lasts, especially as they realize they both share a faith in God.

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The fourth and final book in the Uncommon Hero’s series is True Courage and it is a bit of a departure from the other three. There is no connection to the Navy Seals whatsoever and none of the  characters from the first three novels emerge in this one. Having said that, FBI agent, Luke Falcon, still has his hands full and when his job takes a twist and becomes personal, it tests his faith and confidence.

Caroline Lane is a fifth-grade teacher and while she’s allowed her relationship with Luke to coast for a year, she’s beginning to think that it is not worth it since he repeatedly cancels out on their dates and is distant and distracted with work when they are together. But when Luke’s brother and her sister who are married, and Caroline’s nephew disappear on Labor Day weekend, Caroline knows that Luke is the only person she can turn to.

This novel is unique was well in that the timeline of it is about a week in duration. With kidnapping and murder happening and clues to each hard to find, Luke and Caroline struggle to learn to trust and depend on each other, and God to get them through. This book is one that, both times I’ve read it, I had to go  back and read parts of the ending. They were so well written. I was sad to see the book end, but when it did I had a smile on my face, contented for having taken the journey.