Dangerous Tidings by Dana Mentink
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Dangerous Tidings is a solid suspense novel with pulse-racing action from start to finish.
Veterinarian Donna Gallagher is convinced that her father’s fatal car crash was no accident, and she’s determined to prove it. Meanwhile a young woman, Pauline Mitchell, has gone missing and Donna’s investigating efforts have led her to believe that the two incidents are somehow related since her father, a private eye, had an active case file in his office with Pauline’s name on it. Donna’s suspicions are shared by Pauline’s brother Brent who is looking for Pauline but who may just be the prime suspect in her disappearance. Can Brent be trusted, and will Donna put aside her growing attraction for the man so the two can find out what happened to their loved ones before they wind up the next victims?
I can always count on a riveting edge-of-my-seat suspense when I read Dana Mentink’s books. Suspense writing is her forté and Dangerous Tidings was another thoroughly enjoyable read. I love how Dana ends her chapters, often with a surprise or a hint of something that makes it difficult to put the book down. This book is marketed as Love Inspired Suspense (Christian Fiction), so there is no foul language, sex or gratuitous violence, just a great story, which is why I choose to read this particular genre. There are some occasional references to God and the alluding to biblical scriptures (which I have to admit differ in some respects from my interpretation of the Bible), however, since this is a minor portion of the book’s contents I was able to tolerate it without much perturbation. Overall, Dangerous Tidings is yet another gratifying read from Dana Mentink and I highly recommend it to lovers of alacritous, action-packed suspense.
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Secret Refuge by Dana Mentink
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Keeley Stevens’s sister LeeAnn was murdered, stuffed in the trunk of Tucker Rivendale’s car. She’d still be alive if Tucker’s parole officer, Mick Hudson, hadn’t allowed him to roam free of a tracking device. He’d escaped, but now Tucker’s back in Silver Creek and he seems to be after Keeley. He wants what’s his, Keeley’s precious daughter June, her sister’s special needs daughter, Tucker’s child. Keeley will not allow him to take LeeAnn’s precious daughter, the child he didn’t seem to want anyway. Upon learning of LeeAnn’s pregnancy he’d urged her not to keep the baby. Furthermore, Mick Hudson, A broken man whose wife left him and didn’t bother to tell him he’d had a son that died before he’d even known about him; the man ultimately responsible for LeeAnn’s death, is everywhere she turns, trailing her as though he’s some cop who’s in charge of protecting her life, a job he clearly sucks at. But how can she protect herself and June from Tucker? Does she really need Mick Hudson’s protection after all? Dana Mentink is continually gaining my respect and admiration as a suspense writer. Secret Refuge was a riveting, fast-paced, action packed, page turner. There were so many things I loved about Secret Refuge. Some of my favorite things were that it was suspenseful and had twists and turns that kept me guessing. There was a sweet little romance that was tastefully executed in the storyline. I also liked the mention of various bird species since Keeley Stevens was an Avian Photographer. And I truly appreciated that there was no profanity or extreme violence of any kind. Secret Refuge was a great, quick read that I highly recommend.
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Oooohhh….this was a good one, a great love-inspired suspense story. The suspense aspect kept me guessing to the very end, and I was both shocked and surprised by the outcome. Ruby’s friend goes missing and 20 years later she finds key evidence that could lead to what actually happened to her. However, this finding has the potential to negatively impact the lives of cherished loved ones, and in the midst of it all could ulimately shatter and destroy the bond of love between Ruby and Cooper, who seem destined to be together. I enjoyed this story of love and loss; and Ruby’s struggle to exercise faith in God was both moving and realistic given the trials she was faced with. More often than not I am hesitant to read inspirational fiction, not because I am not a believer, but because I AM. Oftentimes I find this particular genre of books to be too preachy, with the spiritual message often forced into the dialogue at seemingly inopportune times, and in an unnatural way. I can be happily reading along and suddently I’m barraged with a heavy dose of scripture and the author’s interpretation thereof. Isn’t that what inspirational fiction is? Perhaps to some, but not all. For those of us who are religious and possess scriptural knowledge interpretations are taken quite seriously, and if the reader perceives it as incorrect or misinterpreted the reaction can be one of annoyance rather than satisfying. The inspirational fiction category can be tricky in this regard. A writer may be attempting to upbuild readers when in actuality they may be accomplishing the opposite effect, offending the readers’s own cherished belief system and doctrinal interpretations. Dana Mentink handled this superbly in Hazardous Homecoming. She used just enough inspiration to render the book encouraging. It was not overly saturated or laced with scriptural doctrine so as to conflict with my own Christian beliefs. It was for this reason, and the fact that the story was suspenseful and intriguing that I gave Hazardous Homecoming 5 stars. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review which I have given.