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.