WITNESS IN JEOPARDY
When Gwen Harwell witnesses someone dumping a body into a Tennessee river, she knows she's the killer's new target. Far from home on a work assignment, she isn't sure where to turn—especially when her ex-husband appears. Five years ago, Dean Harwell's burdens from his police work tore their marriage apart. But now he says he's changed. He's working as a rancher; he's put his problems behind him. And he's committed to keeping her safe until the killer is caught. With their troubled past, trusting him with her life is hard enough. Can she trust him with the truth about the child he doesn't know they have?
Smoky Mountain Secrets: Love and danger collide in the Southern wilderness
Love, forgiveness, faith, senseless murder, acts of violence, and the scenic Smoky Mountains as the backdrop for the tale, that was no short of action and suspense, yet had a well-built romance story, and a beautiful narrative of the healing powers of faith in God.
I believe this is a series I want to follow. The small town characters won my heart with their charm, kindness, and goodness in the face of crises and mayhem.
The story has lots of action. The moments of danger, filled with fear, threat, and menace, seem so senseless when no one has an idea of the motives or identity of the culprit. The scenes of the fast action took my breath away, the trouble caused was imaginative and unique, the author's voice fresh and figurative.
The romance had an intriguing base, the life Gwen and Dean previously had, the problems and mistrust based on those times and events, added to the stress and misery of current instability, and the secrets Gwen was holding on. I admired the spirit of forgiveness they both had, so willing to leave the drama and troubles behind, and focus on the positive aspects of life.
The recovery from alcoholism was described in a realistic manner, yet with dignity and respect of the tragedy that not only brought it on but what followed from it.
Faith in God, His guidance, mercy, protection, and love towards us, and the characters in the story was disclosed in ab spirited way. I loved what a center stage their faith had in their lives, how they lean on the faith and God in every moment and area of their lives, giving strong witness to the Lord.
Yes, there's a lot been able to fit into the book, the story has an impact, makes a stand, and yet at the same time manages to entertain on both romance and suspense. A well-crafted tale, indeed.
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side.
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me