The Christmas Witness (Love Inspired Suspense) (Mass Market Paperback)
Okay – true confession time. I hated the final scene in The Christmas Witness. Why is that, do you ask? Because it meant the book was over!! Author Susan Sleeman has done an excellent job keeping the suspense going at a breakneck speed, yet also interweaving heartwarming spots that show the growing love between the hero Reid and heroine Megan, and heart-tugging scenes involving the secondary characters (Megan’s critically ill young daughter, Ella, and Reid’s pre-teen daughter Jessie). The tenderness and high-tension action equally shared the stage with a third, important element – the spiritual doubts and struggles the hero and heroine face (and overcome) as the book unfolds.
This was a rich, believable story that I wished went on and on for another several hundred pages, it was so good. I was on a roller coaster ride from the opening page – my heart was in my throat in that gas station scene when Megan sees the ex-con whom she’d put in prison for twelve years somehow out from behind bars… Her handing over her credit card through a crack in the window, and shrinking back out of sight was so he couldn’t see her. Wow!
Then you have parts like that beautiful, poignant snow ball fight (ah, that sweet kiss!) Add in a few totally unexpected plot turns I didn’t see coming — well let’s just say Susan Sleeman delivered on all three elements: faith, romance and thrilling suspense.
This book also had a personal connection for me, the verse on the flyleaf was Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I have gotten much comfort from this verse through the years and The Christmas Witness perfectly illustrates the verses’ message to trust in God, no matter how dire the circumstances seem.
Shall We Dance?
5-star Review by Jenna22 on Amazon
Clear and easy to follow instructions from a multi published author on how to write a compelling manuscript.
When a writer steps onto the page of a novel, a dance of rhythm and beauty begins. The writer is inspired to create story, and that passion unfolds onto the pages of a vibrant novel. Do you have a burning passion to pen a novel but don’t know where to begin? Have you been writing but your work still remains unpublished? Are you ready to take positive steps toward pursuing your dream of creating a polished novel? Look no further! The Dance of Character and Plot by award-winning author and writing coach DiAnn Mills will show you how to write a novel from idea to self-editing. This step-by-step instructional guide is packed with clear and concise information, examples of techniques, and fresh exercises to apply to your writing project. You’ll learn how to: Create characters with distinct personalities Build the dynamics of setting Plot like a pro Understanding point of view Write sparkling dialogue And much more! Are you ready to stretch and begin The Dance of Character and Plot? “To write is to feel the dance of your soul swirling in a dream that drips imagination onto paper.” —DiAnn Mills
I won’t reveal my age by stating how long I’ve been reading Harlequin Romance, but let’s just say the first ones had vintage 2-color covers, titles such as “Nurse Saxon’s Patient” and featured exotic settings. I mention this because I know an exceptional addition to Harlequin’s inventory when I read it. After devouring book after book and (mostly) enjoying them all – I can count on one hand the number of reviews I’ve ever posted – or probably on half a hand. And I couldn’t wait to review this one… It’s that good.
The new breed of Harlequin / Harlequin Love Inspired books aren’t your granny’s Harlequins. Silent Night Pursuit by Katy Lee is a stellar example of the “rebooted” inspirational romantic suspense line waiting to be read (err…devoured). Fast-paced, clock-ticking, with plenty of James-Bond-like shenanigans, Silent Night Pursuit has you rooting for Lacey, Wade and a red superman-cape-wearing canine named Promise from their first snowy encounter. It’s a book filled with realistic details of service dogs, handlers, PSTD, women in car racing, covert ops… and, guaranteed by this book’s inclusion in Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line, offers danger, memorable goons and good guys, True Love, unexpected twists, and, in Silent Night Pursuit specifically, “What a Jesus kind of love looks like.” Did I mention unexpected twists? Yep!
Now don’t let the Jesus part sway you, to pass this book by. I compare Love Inspired books to a friend you have, who happens to believe (or not believe) the same way you do. You’re still friends, still go on adventures with them, still share your innermost secrets… Their faith is part of who they are, And you accept that. It’s the same with LIS – the books work because like Ms. Lee’s other novels (Sunken Treasure, Grave Danger, Permanent Vacancy, etc.) they’re extremely well written, suspenseful, intriguing – with deep characters who draw you in, and plenty of page-turning action. And unexpected twists (oops, said it again).
Five stars from me. You can see from my photo here I couldn’t even put Silent Night Pursuit down while doing laundry!