When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin

When Tides Turn

Book #3, Waves of Freedom

This is a relatively new-to-me author and I’m in love with her stories! All three books in the series have a fun blend of romance and a bit of mystery that the main characters try to solve. I read them in just a few days. I loved the amount of historical detail in these books, and they’re unique in that they focus mostly on the Navy’s battles with the German U-boats. It was fascinating to learn about a lesser known part of the war effort. I enjoyed how the author used many real events and people in her stories

Plot: Quintessa Beaumont knows she can be more than just a pretty girl selling clothing in a department store. Determined to be taken more seriously, she starts going by Tess and enlists in the WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service) to be more useful towards the war. Lt. Dan Avery’s goal is to make Admiral and he’d like to be doing his part Continue reading

Her Baby’s Protector by Margaret Daley and Susan Sleeman

Her Baby's ProtectorThis was a great set of novellas from two of my favorite Love Inspired Suspense authors! Both stories were packed full of danger and the action never stopped. If you haven’t read these authors, this is a great way to test them out. Both stories were developed so they felt complete and natural, not rushed like some novellas can be.

Saved by the Lawman by Margaret Daley:

When off-duty police officer Chase Walker stops an attempted kidnapping of Kate Forster’s son, the two of them are determined to figure out who the culprit is. Someone from Kate’s past wants revenge, but as a family court judge, Continue reading

Still Life by Dani Pettrey

still-lifeI’m thoroughly  enjoying this series! I love how the books are closely connected and we get to see the build-up of each couple’s relationship. Still Life has such a great blend or romance and danger that made it a difficult book to put down. I really enjoyed the investigative side of the story and how the whole group works together to solve the crime. While this story is more focused around Parker and Avery, Declan, Griffin and the rest of the gang have big roles too.

Plot: Avery Tate shows up at an art exhibit in support of her best friend Skylar, who is the model for a well-known photographer, but Skylar never shows up. When the photographer claims that one of the pictures hanging up isn’t one he took and demands it be destroyed, Avery knows she must save the evidence. There’s something about the picture that makes Avery concerned for her friend’s safety. Crime scene investigator Parker Mitchell is one of the best at what he does.  While he enjoys working with Avery,Parker won’t let her get too close. As they dig deeper into Skylar’s disappearance, Avery’s past is unraveled and she fears it will drive Parker farther away.

Characters: Having been introduced to Avery and Parker in the previous story, they’ve had plenty of time to develop a great chemistry. Avery’s overcome a less than perfect past. Parker hasn’t completely gotten over losing his first love. They made a great team before, but they’ll have to risk their hearts if they’re going to work together again.

Content: This is a clean read. I’d consider it appropriate for any readers. Given that there’s a murder in the book, it contains a little violence, but nothing graphic.

Recommendation: I’d highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys romantic suspense. It’s the second book in the Chesapeake Valor series and I’d recommend reading them in order as there are some threads continued throughout the series.

Rating:  4.5/5 stars

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House. This review is my honest opinion.

The Candidate by Lis Wiehl

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I didn’t enjoy the first book of this series and I don’t know why I bothered reading this one. While the plot was interesting, it was difficult for me to get through. I didn’t really care about most of the characters because of the fact that I’m fed up with both politicians and the media. The story is told using the third person present tense, which I found annoying to read. I was also disappointed to see the romance that began in the previous book didn’t develop in this story.

Plot: In the middle of a hot Presidential race, journalist Erica Sparks begins to grow suspicious that there’s more to one of the candidates than what meets the eye. Something just seems off with his interview. When another potential candidate is brutally killed right in front of Erica, her curiosity won’t let her stop digging for the truth. Erica’s quest may put her in extreme danger, but if she stops, they win.

Content: While this book is from a Christian publisher, I’d consider it more for the general market. There wasn’t any mention of God and although the author doesn’t go into too much detail, a couple of the female characters are apparently in a relationship.

Recommendation: I can’t say I’d recommend this book to anyone. If you enjoy political thrillers, this book does have a good storyline and some interesting twists. I will not be reading any more from this author.

Rating:  2/5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the Thomas Nelson Fiction Guild. This review is my honest opinion.