I hope, while enjoying the barbecues that take place today, we can all take a moment to acknowledge the REAL reason for this holiday, which is the sacrifice of of our brave men and women in uniform. Take a moment to thank a service person and/or their families. Okay. I am stepping off my soapbox now. On to the business at hand. I just finished “Gathering Shadows,” by Nancy Mehl. This title is the first in the “Sanctuary” series, and was gifted to me by Bethany House publishers through their partnership with netgalley.com. My only promise to them was to share my truthful opinion with everyone reading this.
Wynter Evans, an up and coming reporter for a St. Louis television station, has spent almost a decade hiding from the truth about her younger brother’s abduction. When she discovers a photograph of a Mennonite adolescent who bears an uncanny resemblance to the boy who everyone assumed to be the victim of a serial killer, she feels drawn to investigate. Using research for a feature as camouflage, she sets out to visit the small town where the picture was taken. Along with a photographer from the station and some assistance from the mayor, she digs into the idyllic seeming town’s past. As things heat up, however, it becomes abundantly clear that someone is willing to kill to keep their evil deeds hidden. Can the amateur detective put all the clues together before the person who set the events in motion such a long time ago catches up with her? Will Wynter give herself permission to explore the feelings deepening between her and the handsome government official? If everything in her world isn’t as she thought it was can she still trust the God she knew as a child to sustain her?
Having devoured Nancy’s work in the past, I had high hopes for this book, and the author delivered on every one. If you like adventures that keep you guessing, then this one is for you. I enjoyed every breath taking twist and turn, coupled with the chaste romance and profound Christian message that Mrs. Mehl is known for. Nothing in the story would prevent it from being shared with people of all ages, but this piece will probably strike a chord most with those twelve years and over. I recommend this volume to individuals who gravitate towards Terri Blackstock, Irene Hannon, and Lisa Harris. My rating is five out of five stars, so head out today to find it wherever fiction is available. Until we meet again…