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Taming the Wind by Tracie Peterson

About the Book:
Author: Tracie Peterson
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2012
Series: “Land of the Lone Star” (book 3 of 3)
Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical
Rating: 3 ½ out of 5

My Thoughts: In Peterson’s third and final novel of this Texas saga, we re-visit the once vibrant wisp of a girl, Carissa Lowe. Following her marriage to Malcolm Lowe, Carissa is no longer that girl. Finding out your husband still wanted war following the Civil war is not a knowledge any woman wanted to bear of her husband. Kept hidden from the world, Carissa will never forget the anger and abuse Malcolm heaped on her. If only one good thing came from it all, it’d be her two-year-old daughter, Gloria. Amazed that the child even survived Malcolm’s wrath, her daughter was the only thing keeping Carissa from hiding away from everyone. Now as it is, living with her sister’s family at their Texas ranch, she vows never to allow another man into her life… until she again re-acquaints herself with Tyler Atherton. Despite her promises, Tyler has always stirred something inside her, and Carissa finds herself in danger of letting him into her heart. Continue reading “Taming the Wind by Tracie Peterson”

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Abducted

About the Book:
Author: Janice Cantore
Publisher: Tyndale
Publication Date: 2012
Series: “Pacific Coast Justice” (book 2 of 3)
Genre: Christian Fiction, Suspense
Rating: 3 ½ out of 5

My Thoughts: Where Accused didn’t set well with me, Cantore came back with her follow-up and surprised me – pleasantly so. Structuring in the first book of this debut series struggled to find footing – or that was my impression of it, and it didn’t read well as a result. Centering again on police detective Carly Edwards, the second book of her story involves a kidnapped child and continued attempts at a reconciliation between she and her estranged husband Nick. Now both are Christians, Carly’s assumption is that they will easily work through their problems to eventually re-kindle what once they shared – that is a mistaken assumption. Her fight to rectify the trust they once easily put in each other becomes unimportant in the hunt to find a baby. Continue reading “Abducted”

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Accused

About the Book:
Author: Janice Cantore
Publisher: Tyndale
Publication Date: 2012
Series: “Pacific Coast Justice” (book 1 of 3)
Genre: Christian Fiction, Suspense
Rating: 2 ½ out of 5

Synopsis: Detective Carly Edwards hates working in juvenile—where the brass put her after an officer-involved shooting—and longs to be back on patrol. So when a troubled youth, Londy Atkins, is arrested for the murder of the mayor and Carly is summoned to the crime scene, she’s eager for some action. Carly presses Londy for a confession but he swears his innocence, and despite her better judgment, Carly is inclined to believe him. Yet homicide is convinced of his guilt and is determined to convict him.

Carly’s ex-husband and fellow police officer, Nick, appears to be on her side. He’s determined to show Carly that he’s a changed man and win her back, but she isn’t convinced he won’t betray her again.

As the investigation progresses, Carly suspects a cover-up and strikes out on her own, uncertain whom she can trust. But when danger mounts, she begins to wonder if she made the right choice. Continue reading “Accused”