Thursday, August 31, 2017

Step by Step by Candace Calvert

Book Description:  Three years after a tragic accident left her a widow, ER nurse Taylor Cabot is determined to move on, checking off one item after another on her survival list. Her relationship with a handsome plastic surgeon even gives her hope for the last point―“fall in love again.” At least until crisis chaplain Seth Donovan steps back into her life, reawakening unanswered questions about her husband’s death.
While in San Diego to train community volunteers, Seth hopes to learn why Taylor is backing away from the crisis team and from their friendship. But nothing prepares him for the feelings that arise when he sees Taylor again . . . and sees her moving on with another man.
When a community crisis hits home and puts lives at risk, emotions run high and buried truths are unearthed. Will hope make the survival list?

My Thoughts:  The first novel I read my Candace Calvert was By your Side.  I enjoyed the read so much that I was thrilled to receive Step by Step the next book in the Crisis Team "series."  Don't worry these books don't have to be read in order.  
Step by Step is about ER nurse Taylor Cabot (Candace is an ER nurse so the scenarios are first hand knowledge).  Since her husband was tragically killed she is trying to get on with her life.  And the handsome plastic surgeon makes her think that maybe she can move on.  And then, the crisis chaplain, Seth Donovan, reappears in her life.
Seth has feelings for Taylor but Taylor seems to want nothing to do with Seth or the Crisis Team....she has a new man and wants to move on.
But then a crisis hits their community and Taylor and Seth must work together.  With emotions running on nerve endings it seems that no one is getting anywhere fast in the love lane. 
And interesting and fast reads.  The medical books are my favorite reads lately because they deal with "things" I know nothing about.
Loved this read!

*This book was provided for review by Tyndale*

Author Q & A Candace Calvert │Step by Step
  1. This is the second installment in your latest trilogy, the Crisis Team series. What is the background on this series?
    The Crisis Team series, set in my native California, offers exciting medical scenarios within the fictional Hope medical system, and features the selfless and compassionate work of volunteer community chaplainstrue heroes.
  2. How do you expect this series to resonate with your audience? What are you most excited for your readers to experience through reading these novels?
    I have found, almost universally, that most of my readers weren’t aware of the vital work done by crisis responders (chaplains). It’s an honor to feature these dedicated volunteers and puts an intriguing new slant on my exciting and highly emotional medical fiction. I also think it adds to the element of hope for my readers, to know that these teams are “out there” in real life.
  3. Crisis teams are becoming increasingly vital and active in the world today. How would you describe their role, and how can we learn more?
    Crisis responders are volunteers from all walks of life, trained to assist survivors of tragedy, whether it be from a major disaster (weather related catastrophes, fires, bombings, mass shootings, etc.) or of a more personal nature like the sudden death of a loved one from a heart attack, accident, suicide, homicide, sudden infant death, or other unexpected cause. These volunteers work alongside other rescue personnel (fire, police, rescue) offering support, a compassionate ear, and resources to folks trying to cope in the wake of an incident that will forever change their lives. Crisis responders have been referred to as “emotional paramedics,” and I think that says it well.
    In creating my stories, I’m grateful for the assistance of U.S. Crisis Care. Here is a link:
    U.S. Crisis Care
  4. As a former ER nurse who has had crisis chaplain training, what has been your most rewarding or memorable experience in the field?

In my role as a CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) peer counselor, I was part of team that ministered to fellow medical team members affected by work-related tragedy. We responded to (and conducted debriefings for) hospital staff after situations involving infant and child death, mass casualties, personal assaults, and accidental death (or suicide) of fellow team members. As often seen in my stories, medical (rescue, fire, law enforcement, and chaplaincy) workers are not immune to the heartbreak of tragedy. The cliché of a self-protective, indifferent, “professionally distant” service provider couldn’t be further from the truth. We cry, too.
  1. What was your inspiration for this particular book and the main characters, Taylor and Seth?
    Nurse Taylor Cabot and Chaplain Seth Donovan were secondary characters, friends and volunteer team mates, in By Your Side. In this new story readers have the opportunity to learn more about them and follow their heart tugging journey. The setting is beautiful San Diego, California where, in opening scene, a small plane crashes onto the beach. The continuing story offers exciting medical drama, an in depth look a crisis chaplaincy, warm humor, romance . . . and a few tears (Kleenex advised).
  2. What lessons or truths will your readers find in the pages of this novel?
    The unifying message in Step by Step is one of forgiveness and healing, by allowing God’s loving plan to guide the way instead of stubbornly insisting on personal control.
  3. As an author, what did you particularly enjoy about crafting this story?
    Readers have come to expect animals in my stories, and in Step by Step the relationship between Taylor and her aging Golden Retriever, Hooper, was particularly poignant for me. I also got a kick out of showing Taylor’s (controlling) tendency toward checklists, calorie counting, and tracking her exercise by logging every “step”—I have a Fitbit bracelet, too!
  4. What are some of the unique challenges of writing contemporary romance in a medical setting?
    I think the challenge of the medical aspect is to provide realistic (and accurate) medical detail without talking over the heads of readers, but not talking down to them either. Because of the popularity of medical TV drama and the opportunity for people to “Google” their way into medical jargon, symptomology, and treatment adjuncts, readers are far more savvy these days. I try my best to sort of parachute my readers into the medical scenes, allowing them feel as if they are part of the team.

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As far as the romance aspect goes, while it’s true that team mates working in life-and-death situations often develop strong (and sometimes romantic) bonds, I can guarantee there is no TV-type trysts going on in hospital storage rooms!
  1. Have you received any feedback from your fans on the Crisis Team series? How are they responding?
    The response (I’m grateful) has been very positive; readers love these compassionate crisis responders. And, of course, I’m so honored that Booklist chose this series’ first story, By Your Side, as a Top 10 Inspirational Book of 2015.

  2. What is the best advice or encouragement you have received either personally or professionally?

    I would have to say the best advice I’ve received both professionally and personally is also a tenet of crisis chaplaincy: to simply listen.
    We all (especially service providers) have a great need to “do and fix.”
    And certainly talk, advise . . . sometimes lecture.

    One of the biggest blessings, gifts, we can give another person is to listen, really hear them. It also speaks, of course, to one of my favorite verses:
    Psalm 46:10

    . . . Be still, and know that I am God . . . 
11. What are you most proud of in your writing career?
I’m not sure “proud” is the word, but I think I’m most pleased (still pinching myself) that readers say my stories have touched their hearts, encouraged them at a time of despair-- even changed their lives. It’s powerful, humbling, amazing.
I’m definitely proud of my publishing team—Tyndale House is beyond awesome.

12. What are some future projects you’re working on?
At this moment, I’m preparing for the redline edits on Maybe It’s You, the third Crisis Team story, scheduled for release in early 2017. 

  • Series: Crisis Team
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (February 1, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414390343
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414390345

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

I love Gooseberry Patch and here's a favorite recipe from Gooseberry Patch Recipes:
Sweet & Easy Iced Coffee....So easy. O!So!Good!

From Jen at Gooseberry Patch, this recipe is a year 'round favorite and appears in 101 Breakfast & Brunch Recipes. Stir in a little chocolate or caramel sauce for an extra-special treat:
1/2 c. sweetened condensed milk, divided
4 c. strong brewed coffee, cooled and divided
ice cubes
Place 2 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk into each of 4 tall glasses. Pour one cup of cooled coffee into each glass; stir to combine. Fill glasses with ice; stir to chill. Serves 4.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold {Harriet Beamer Series} by Joyce Magnin

Book Description:  After a whirlwind cross-country move, Harriet and her donut-loving basset hound, Humphrey, have settled into a new life in Grass Valley, California. When Harriet learns that she's going to be a grandma for the first time and get a new suite with room for her salt-and-pepper shaker collection, she can't wait for her best friend, Martha, to come visit so she can share her good news. But adventure is never far away when Harriet is around. After listening to the pleas of a desperate teen whose daddy needs money right away---and happens to have a gold mine to lease---Harriet falls hook, line, and sinker into the venture. Although she's nervous about her investment, Harriet chooses to keep it a secret from her son, Henry, and his wife. She can only imagine what she'll do if this turns out to be her ticket to a golden windfall. When suspicions arise, though, it becomes clear that Harriet may never see an ounce of gold. But will she continue to trust and risk losing everything? The fate of the young teen and a family emergency show Harriet where her true treasure lies.

My Thoughts:  I absolutely Loved the first book in the Harriet Beamer Series, Harriet Beamer Rides the Bus!
So, I waited and snatched up this book, Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold, as soon as it was available, because I knew that I would not be disappointed. 
Oh!My!  Joyce Magnin writes with a humorous flair that had me laughing out loud!  Harriet Beamer is a force to be reckoned with, for sure!
Harriet has a heart as big as Texas so when a "desperate" teen talks Harriet into leasing a gold mine her daddy has for lease....well, Harriet secretly makes her investment. Harriet just knows that this will be the best investment for her and help others too.  
Then there's Harriet's unbelievable salt and pepper shaker collection.  She collects the most unique salt and pepper shakers.  I think her collection shows her love for people who are most unusual.  She sees the heart.
Then the fun begins!  
Never try to cross a woman, especially an older woman who is quite determined.  Just when things begin to go sour, Harriet (and the teen) learn where "real gold" lies.
This read was beyond my expectations!  Loved, loved it!
*This book was provided for review by BookSneeze*

GO HERE to visit Joyce Magnin's blog!

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031033358X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310333586

Monday, August 28, 2017

COTT {Clash of the Titles} Under Fire by Linda Shenton Matchett

When You're at Odds with God

Have you ever found yourself at odds with God? Let’s face it, in any real relationship there are disagreements, and if we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll admit we occasionally have a falling out with God. Times when we’re disappointed about an answer He’s given us or angry about something we think He’s allowed and we can’t fathom why.

God understands when we get upset with him, and I think He welcomes our sincere questioning, not flippant or disrespectful, but genuine inquiries that come from our hearts. Ruth Brown, the protagonist in my upcoming novel Under Fire, is furious with God for allowing Pearl Harbor and personal tragedies in her life. Throughout the story, she questions Him about incidents that occur. Because she seeks answers, He provides them. Some of the answers are not ones she wants, but He gives her peace to deal with those.

My protagonist, Ruth, is no different than the biblical characters who also struggled with hurt, loss, and injustice. Consider Job who loses everything and asks God what He did to deserve such treatment. How about Gideon? In Judges 6:13, he asks God if He’s with them: “How could this have befallen us?” Both the prophet Jeremiah and Habakkuk questioned God about how He could let things happen to His people. And we can’t forget Moses who quizzed God constantly about what He was thinking. In each of these cases, God responded in love and gave the individual peace about the situation.

Authors are encouraged to write what they know. In order to craft Ruth’s journey from anger to acceptance, I examined my own relationship with God and realized I had unresolved issues about times I felt He had let me down and answers I was upset about. It took a lot of prayer, prayer that involved listening to God’s side. That was the difficult part. I realized that a lot of my conversations with God were actually monologues—me doing most of the talking and very little listening. I came out on the other side with some bumps and bruises (remember Joseph’s wrestling match with the angel of God?). But as a result I have a deeper relationship with God and a fuller understanding of His work in my life. 

Are you upset with God? Are you hanging on to past hurts? Are you struggling to understand how He could let something happen that caused you or your loved ones grief? I pray you’ll approach Him with honesty and an open heart, so He can give you the peace he wants you to have.

“O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you healed me.” Psalm 30:2

About Under Fire:

Ruth Brown is a small-town journalist whose sister Jane, is pronounced dead after a boating accident in April 1942. Because Jane’s body is missing, Ruth is convinced her sister is still alive. A series of events and discoveries raise Ruth’s suspicions about Jane’s work at the local manufacturing plant. Eventually Ruth follows clues to war-torn London. By the time she manages to uncover the truth about Jane’s disappearance, Ruth has stumbled on black marketers, resistance fighters and the IRA—all of whom may want her dead for what she has uncovered.

About the Author:

Linda Shenton Matchett is a journalist, blogger, and author. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry, Linda has lived in historical places most of her life-from Edison, New Jersey (named for the famed inventor of the lightbulb) and Washington, DC to Wolfeboro, New Hampshire (reputed to be the oldest summer resort in America). A freelance writer for over ten years, her articles and devotionals have appeared in numerous print and online publications. She is a volunteer docent at the Wright Museum of WWII and as a Trustee for the Wolfeboro Public Library. Active in her church Linda serves as treasurer, usher, choir member, and Bible study leader.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

{Fiction Guild Blog Tour} Portrait of Vengeance (A Gwen Marcey Novel) by Carrie Stuart Parks

Book Description:  Gwen Marcey has done a good job keeping the pain of her past boxed up. But as she investigates the case of a missing child in Lapwai, Idaho, details keep surfacing that are eerily similar to her childhood traumas. She doesn’t believe in coincidences. So what’s going on here?
No one knows more about the impact of the past than the Nez Perce people of Lapwai. Gwen finds herself an unwelcome visitor to some, making her investigation even more difficult. The questions keep piling up, but answers are slow in coming—and the clock is ticking for a missing little girl. Meanwhile, Gwen’s ex-husband is threatening to take sole custody of their daughter.
As Gwen’s past and present collide, she’s in a desperate race for the truth. Because only truth will ensure she still has a future.

 My Thoughts:    O.My.Stars!  I wasn't quite sure about this book when I received it but I began reading it and I couldn't put it down. It's a fast paced read.  
There's mystery, then suspense, then more mystery and the suspense! 
I kept reading because I really couldn't figure out who was causing all this trauma.  Plus, Gwen Marcey job as a forensic scientist just plain intrigues me.
As the story continues it seems that someone knows all about Gwen's past.  As Gwen investigates the case of this missing child it seems that many things from her past are identical to this child's.  HOW?
The big HOW question seems to haunt Gwen.
But as Gwen seems to get closer to the truth the truth seems to become more elusive.  At times I believe that I distinctly heard Gwen give a huge sigh.
But with perseverance and a mighty wave of patience Gwen with the help of some great friends does come to the truth.
A great keep you on the edge you seat read!

*This book was provided by the Fiction Guild*

  • Series: A Gwen Marcey Novel
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (August 8, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718083784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718083786

The Promise of a Letter (An Amish Letters Novel) by Kathleen Fuller

Book Description:  Roman is on the verge of leaving the Amish ways. Feeling confined by the strict rules, he longs to do something more with his life. But when things don’t go as planned, Roman’s prospects outside of the community dwindle. Upon learning that his beloved grandmother has died and left a letter urging him to reconcile with his brother in Birch Creek, Roman decides to return home. But he doesn’t plan to stay for long.
Leanna Chupp has always made her own way in her small community of Birch Creek. Though some may call her unconventional—strange, even—Leanna is happy. Her unique outlook on life has meant she’s never had many suitors pursuing courtship, which Leanna doesn’t mind. She is content being single.
But when Roman and Leanna find themselves working together again, everything changes. Though neither fit squarely within the strictures of the Amish faith, their differences could be the very thing to help them form a deeper connection to their community and to each other. The question remains: will this strengthening bond be enough to make Roman stay for good?

My Thoughts:  Ahhh!  What better way to end summer vacation than reading a book authored by Kathleen Fuller.  
this is the second book in the Amish Letters.  
I love when an author continues with the same people that were in the previous book.  It makes the story seem so real.  But this can be read as a stand alone since the story is different than the first.
Two awkward adults, Roman and Leanna seem to be world's apart at times but, yet, they are attracted to each other.  And, of course, living in the same area, Birch Creek, they bump into each other.
With quite a few issues going on in their lives and their families lives one begins to wonder if they will ever proclaim their love for each other.
I loved the story.  But then again I love Kathleen Fuller's stories!

*This book was provided for review by the Fiction Guild*

  • Series: An Amish Letters Novel
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (August 15, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718082540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718082543

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

  • 1 - 3-4 lb. chuck roast, remove excess fat (when I'm in a hurry I just use roast beef lunch meat form the deli)
  • Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 2 olive oil
  • 1/4 C soy sauce
  • 1/4 C water
  • 4 whole black peppercorns
  • 2 C beef broth
  • 1/2 tsp dried, crushed rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 TBSP minced onion
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 6-8 french rolls
  • 6-8 slices of cheese, provolone is my preference
  • Remove excess fat from roast.
  • Sprinkle with Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • Brown in heavy pan with 2 tsp olive oil. Brown on both sides
  • Place in crock pot
  • Mix together soy sauce, beef broth, water, peppercorns, rosemary, thyme, garlic, onion
  • Pour mixture over roast.
  • Cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 5-6. Cook until tender and easy to shred.
  • Shred with a fork and the place on sandwich buns.
  • Strain remaining juice and use for dipping

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Inn at Ocean's Edge (Shadow Bay) by Colleen Coble

Book Description:  Claire’s visit to a luxury hotel in Maine awakens repressed memories, threatening all she holds dear.
In 1989, Claire Dellamare disappeared from her own fourth birthday party at the Hotel Tourmaline on the island of Folly Shoals, Maine. She showed up a year later at the same hotel, with a note pinned to her dress but no explanation. Nobody knows where Claire spent that year—and until now, Claire didn’t even know she had ever been missing.
But when Claire returns to the Hotel Tourmaline for a business meeting with her CEO father, disturbing memories begin to surface . . . despite her parents’ best efforts to keep them forgotten.
Luke Rocco lost his mother under equally mysterious circumstances—at the same time Claire disappeared. After a chance encounter reveals the unlikely link between them, Claire and Luke set out together to uncover the truth about what happened that fateful year.
With flashbacks swimming just beneath her consciousness and a murderer threatening her safety, Claire’s very life depends on unscrambling her past . . . even if her family refuses to acknowledge it. Someone—maybe everyone—is hiding something from Claire Dellamare, and it will cost her everything to drag the truth out into the light.

My Thoughts:  I was drawn to the cover of this book.  I love the landscape and the picture goes so well with the title.  I can just "see" a mystery lurking at the doorstep of this read!  
And, lo and behold, there is a mystery! Quite a suspenseful mystery, too!
This is an interesting story that leaves the reader on pins and needles. 
It seems that when Claire goes to the luxury motel, Hotel Tourmaline , she has repressed memories.  And these memories keep the local sheriff wondering what!
Claire also witnesses an employee of the hotel being murdered. But when she awakens there is no body! Absolutely nothing!
And 25 years ago Luke's mother went missing.  It seems that Claire and Luke's mother are somehow "bound" together in this haunting mystery.
Secrets, Secrets abound everywhere!  But with Luke's help maybe Claire will be able to unravel this quite disturbing "memory."
Colleen Coble has outdone herself in this fantastic read! 
If you enjoy romantic suspense then this is the book for you!
This is also the first book in the Shadow Bay series.  

*This book was provided for review by BookLook*

  • Series: Shadow Bay (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 14, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401690262
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401690267

Monday, August 21, 2017

COTT {Clash of the Titles}

Congratulations to T.K. Chapin
and his novel

One Thursday Morning

for taking home this month's Clash crown!

About the book:
Running not only for her own life, but that of her unborn baby, Serenah moves across the country to a little town outside of Spokane Washington called Newport. It's here she'll begin to build a new life and go by a different name in the hopes of staying hidden from her abusive husband John. Can Serenah find happiness in her new life? Or will the past eventually catch up to her?

From the best-selling Inspirational Christian Romance Author T.K. Chapin comes a story of love, faith and passion that will keep your fingers turning the page to see what happens next. 

One Thursday Morning is book one in the Diamond Lake Series by T.K. Chapin.

What Voters had to Say:

Thank you T.K. Chapin for providing real life in your books.
I really like books by T.K.Chapin, Because he writes with a theme of religion and hope. I especially like One Thursday Morning.
Excellent story. I have also read Friday Morning. Good story line Makes me feel like I am at the Lake with them.
T.K. Chapin, I was enticed by the beautiful cover and description of the novel,  One Thursday Morning.  Can't wait to read it. 
I love your stories. Very enjoyable, heartwarming and inspiring. Keep them coming,
I enjoy finding new authors and found T.K. Chapin's writing adding to my authors' list.
I think "One Thursday Morning" by T. K. Chaplin will be one popular book.  I love the plot and can't wait to read it.
I love to read and discover new authors. T.K. Chapin is quickly becoming a favorite! He tackles tough topics, and tells the story in such a way as to keep you interested. Ups and downs, twists and turns, T.K. knows how to keep the plot line tight and the story believable and uplifting.
Sounds like a good book. I hope you have a great career!
Keep writing.  It helps me escape my everyday life.
TK - love your writing and your interest in your reader's lives.
 I love TK CHAPIN books!

Have a blessed week, everyone!
From your friends at Clash of the Titles!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Bringing Maggie Home: A Novel

Book Description:  Hazel DeFord is a woman haunted by her past. While berry picking in a blackberry thicket in 1943, ten-year old Hazel momentarily turns her back on her three-year old sister Maggie and the young girl disappears.

Almost seventy years later, the mystery remains unsolved and the secret guilt Hazel carries has alienated her from her daughter Diane, who can’t understand her mother’s overprotectiveness and near paranoia. While Diane resents her mother’s inexplicable eccentricities, her daughter Meghan—a cold case agent—cherishes her grandmother’s lavish attention and affection.

When a traffic accident forces Meghan to take a six-week leave-of-absence to recover, all three generations of DeFord women find themselves unexpectedly under the same roof. Meghan knows she will have to act as a mediator between the two headstrong and contentious women. But when they uncover Hazel’s painful secret, will Meghan also be able to use her investigative prowess to solve the family mystery and help both women recover all that’s been lost?

My Thoughts:  Bringing Maggie Home is one of those bittersweet yet heartwarming reads.
A seventy year old secret comes to age when  the three DeFord women have to come together because of an accident.
Hazel, Diane and Meghan all have hurts but Hazel carries a secret that no one suspects.  Hazel has become quite an overprotective parent to her daughter, Diane.  Diane has never understood why her mother would not relinquish some control.
When Meghan has an auto accident and all three women come together under one roof the women begin to discover things about themselves.
Since Meghan is a cold case agent she decides to use her investigative tools and try and find out what happened in the past.
Such an interesting mystery with family ties that bind the heart and help each family member face some tragedy from the past.  Thought provoking.
A lovely read!  This book would also make a wonderful gift for that reader on your list.

*This book was provided for review by Waterbrook/Multnomah*

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook (September 5, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735290032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735290037

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

This Pineapple Cooler is delicious on a hot summer day!

Pineapple Cooler
  • 2 cups chunked pineapple
  • 2-½ cups ice
  • ½ cup half & half
  • ¼ cup confectioners sugar
  • Additional pineapple chunks for garnish (opt)
  1. Place all ingredients in blender & blend on high speed for at least 90-120 seconds or until all ice is crushed and mixture is like a slushie. 
  2. Garnish with additional pineapple chunk if desired
  3. Enjoy immediately.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Crisis Shot (The Line of Duty) by Janice Cantore

Book Description:  Tess O’Rourke dreams of becoming the first female chief of police in Long Beach, California. As commander of the East Division, she is well on her way . . . until the night she responds to an officer-needs-assistance call and fatally shoots an unarmed teenager. Despite being cleared of wrongdoing by a grand jury, Tess is so hounded by the public that she takes a job in Oregon to escape the bad press.
Winning over the residents of Rogue’s Hollow might be more difficult than adjusting to her new role as police chief in the small, backwater town. Especially when her closest friend, the pastor’s wife, goes missing and the woman’s cousin is found shot. Tess finds an ally in sheriff’s deputy Steve Logan, but as they track down Rogue’s Hollow’s first murderer, she worries that she’s breaking one of her rules and getting too close to him.

My Thoughts:  Janice Cantore writes a spellbinding story in Crisis Shot, book one of The Line of Duty.
Tess O'Rouke is one of those characters that is believable and that I can identify with.
Tess makes a calculated deduction and ends up killing an unarmed teen.  We all can identify with her in making a bad decision when we think we are doing something right.
Well, after the incident she is hounded so badly by the public and the press she simply up and moves to Oregon to escape it all.
She is the police chief in a small backwater town.  And trying to win the residents trust seems all but impossible.  
And then her closest friend, the pastor's wife, goes missing after the woman's cousin is shot.
And then she finds an ally in deputy Steve Logan.  But he also begins to more than a friend as she and Logan try to find Rogue Hollow's first murderer.
A great novel with a lot of mystery/suspense and good clean romance.

*This book was provided for review by Tyndale*

  • Series: The Line of Duty (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (September 5, 2017)
  • Language: English