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6 Books on My Nightstand

Yesterday morning, I was able to make a quick trip to the library all by myself.  Other than two easy requests from my oldest daughter, I was free to peruse the adult section for more than a few seconds and without worrying what my young twins were destroying.   I was thrilled to find the next novels in three different series I have been reading over the last few years and a couple of other novels that sound interesting.  

Deadlock by DiAnn Mills was actually already on my nightstand, but I want to finish the FBI:  Houston series before I start on my newest selections.  I started this series about a month ago and just finished the second book today.  I have always enjoyed FBI novels, and these are highly suspenseful and full of surprises. 

A couple years ago, I had the opportunity to review Always Watching by Lynette Eason, which is the first novel in her Elite Guardians series.  I read the second novel about a year ago, but I didn’t realize Eason had written a third installment until I spied it on the bookshelf this morning.  This is a very interesting and suspenseful series, and I’m looking forward to reading Moving Target.

Murder on the Moor is the fifth novel in Julianna Deering’s Drew Farthering Mystery series.  I have reviewed the first three novels and loved them.  These books, which are set in England in the early 1900’s, remind me of Agatha Christie’s works, which I devoured in high school.  I can’t wait to find out what Drew gets himself into in this novel.  

Lisa Harris’s Nikki Boyd Files series takes us inside special cases with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s missing persons division.  These books are highly intense and have kept me up reading way past my bedtime.  I’ll gladly give up some sleep to read Pursued

Inescapable is the first novel in the Road to Kingdom series by Nancy Mehl.  I don’t think I’ve ever read anything by this author, but this romantic suspense novel caught my eye, so I’ll read it and let you know what I think. 

The last book in my stack is by the same author of the FBI:  Houston series, but I believe this is a stand-alone novel.  Attracted to Fire is a romantic suspense novel involving FBI agents, the president, and the secret service.  It sounds like it’s right up my alley.  I’ll review it later. 

What books are on your bedside table waiting to be read?

Silence in the Dark by Patricia Bradley

I only realized after reading this novel in its entirety that it is the fourth installment in Patricia Bradley’s Logan Point series.  Now I’m curious to know which characters were the focus of each of the previous books.  I could hazard a guess at two, but Silence in the Dark read like a stand-alone book and didn’t rehash each character’s background, so it could be any current or former resident of Logan Point. 

Bailey Adams is a strong-willed, independent woman who has run from her problems in Logan Point, Mississippi, to new troubles in Mexico.  She left behind a man who wanted to marry her while she pursued her calling to serve the rural people of Mexico through mission work.  A simple trip home and a favor to a friend turns into a nightmare as Bailey and one of her young students are pursued relentlessly. 

Danny Maxwell happened to be in the right place at the right time to help rescue Bailey, but she is just as resistant to his love as when she fled Logan Point two years prior.  Danny is determined to win her heart again, but he struggles simply to keep her safe.

I must confess that I was not “into” this book for the first two chapters.  (Perhaps the narrative would have held my attention better if I had read the previous books in the series and had already known the main characters. Or perhaps it was only my state of mind at the time.))  However, once I got past the beginning, the plot thickened and was full of twists, and the suspense kept me enthralled.  This book contains murder, mystery, romance, restoration, healing, searching, honesty, and finally peace.  

Silence in the Dark is an excellent work of fiction and took me into a country and culture in which I would not feel comfortable traveling but about which I enjoyed reading.  I find it fascinating to read about other cultures and the struggles they endure, and I would rather experience them vicariously through fictional characters than be subjected to fear and danger myself.  Until God calls me to serve him in one of these areas, I will continue to serve him in my home, my church, my school, etc.  

I received this book for free from Revell in exchange for an honest review. 

Unspoken by Dee Henderson

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dee Henderson’s O’Malley Family series, Uncommon Heroes series, and individual titles. In other words, I have been a fan of hers for many years, and I loved her writing before her hiatus. I waited along with everyone else for her next book after a neck injury kept her from writing for a few years.

There are thousands of readers out there who have voiced their opinions about the direction Dee Henderson has taken in writing her last three books. Her current writing style is different, but I feel Dee Henderson’s writing has progressed, matured to a new level, where we see many layers unfolding as she tells a story. Gone are the high-action, explosive situations that throw two people together. While those are fun to read, how many of us have actually experienced a romance like that? And I enjoy reading about US Marshalls and FBI agents, but how many of us regularly come in contact with these people? I am married to a firefighter/paramedic, but our lives are pretty normal.

Dee Henderson’s last three books have been slower-paced romances (more realistic, I think) about people who were going about life, working, and happened to meet someone or make a new friend. Usually the female character has a unique flaw or gift that prevents her from seeing herself as lovable (most of us have felt that way at some point in our lives). The characters struggle with their faith, interact with their families, say things they regret, pray often, face their fears, and learn more about God’s grace, love, and forgiveness.

I received Dee Henderson’s latest book Undetected from Bethany House a few months ago and just recently realized that I had somehow missed Unspoken, which I should have read first. You can read my review for Undetected here. I read Unspoken last weekend and stayed up too late every night because I couldn’t put it down. It wasn’t entirely suspenseful like her previous books tended to be, but there was a constant undercurrent of not knowing what would happen next that kept me turning the pages.

In Unspoken, Bryce Bishop is a collectible-coin dealer who made the mistake of telling God he was bored. Enter Charlotte Graham with a time-consuming and unique challenge with further surprises to come. As they do business together, Bryce begins to care about Charlotte, but she plans to remain single for life. Charlotte was kidnapped when she was 16 and has refused to speak about what happened to her during the four years she was held captive.

As the story unfolds, we learn more about the characters and their motivations. Bryce wants to help Charlotte heal and prays for help, but he still struggles to find the right words. Charlotte doesn’t want to believe in a God who would forgive evil men for their unspeakable crimes if they were to repent and ask for forgiveness. This is ultimately a story about God’s faithfulness through all situations and His redemption.