Thursday, March 4, 2010

Two New Love Inspired Reviews!

I wrote the previous post in preparation for writing these two reviews. Both of these reviews are on Love Inspired Suspense books published by Steeple Hill Publishing. These are the two free books that I received from the book club offer. Let me say I was not disappointed with either book. Without further ado, here are the reviews.

Trial by Fire

Trial by Fire by Cara Putman
Back Cover: Her mother's house was first. then her brother's. County prosecutor Tricia Jamison is sure she's next on the arsonist's list. But who is after her family? And why does every fire throw her in Noah Brust's path?

Noah can't forgive Tricia. Her failure to protect him on the stand the previous year meant his father's reputation was ruined. Yet every time the firefighter is near her, he's drawn to her again. The vulnerability she hides under her confident veneer surprises and moves him. Torn between Tricia's safety and his own bitterness, Noah belatedly remembers the first rule of fire fighting: don't get burned.

About the Author Cara Putnam: Since the time she could read Nancy Drew, Cara has wanted to write mysteries. for years she asked God if this dream was from him. Her life was full. She graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, moved to the Washington DC area, married the man of her dreams, worked in the nonprofit world, went to George Mason Law school at night while working and then started having children. While her life was far from empty, the dream wouldn't die. Then she followed her husband to Indiana. Talk about starting over! In 2005 she attended a book signing where she met Colleen Coble. The rest, as they say, is history. With prompting from her husband, Cara started her writing dream with Colleen. Cara's been writing ever since. To learn more about Cara and her books, please visit her at

My Take: I had not read any of Cara's books before reading this one, but have heard her name many times. I must say I have found a new author to read and look forward to reading more of her books. This is a story of a young woman who appears to those around her to be very strong and confident. But there are things in Tricia Jamison's past that haunt her. The secrets have taken a toll on her life and have affected her work. She also has a strained relationship with her mother because of a secret she has refused to tell her mother.

During the course of several fires that have struck her mother's home, her brothers home, and finally destroyed her home she has come to a point where she knows she must deal with her past so she can move on to her future. Surprisingly Noah Brust, a man who lost his trust in her, will be the one to help her through her difficult past. Will they be able to mend a misunderstanding and build a relationship? Well, did you really think I would tell you the answer to that? You will have read the book to find out for yourself. I will say you won't be disappointed and that Tricia does find her way to a new beginning and freedom from her past secrets.

Double Take

Double Take by Jenness Walker:
Cole Leighton can barely believe his eyes. A woman on his bus has just been abducted -- in an exact reflection of a scene from the best-selling novel he is reading. Someone is bringing the book to life... and isn't above forcing an innocent woman to follow the story to its tragic end. Using the novel as his playbook, Cole catches up with the beautiful victim -- but rescuing Kinsey Jacobs doesn't keep her safe for long. The killer is writing his own ending, and none of the twists and turns lead to a happily ever after.

About the Author: Jenness Walker has always loved a good story. She grew up scouting around her grandparents basement for something good to read. Today she doesn't feel complete if she doesn't have a book nearby. When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys hanging out with her husband, playing with her part time dog and planning trips to explore small town America.

My Take: Jenness Walker is another new author to me. I haven't heard her name before, but I know I won't forget it. This is one of those books that keep you on the edge of your seat from the very beginning and doesn't slow down until the very last page. It takes place in Atlanta, Georgia and since I am from North Georgia I was familiar with some of the areas in the book - that was fun. I also thought this was a unique plot - I haven't read anything similar and I've read a lot of books. I'm sure it took a lot of time and effort to come up with the twists and turns this thriller will take you on. If you like this kind of intense suspense then you are going to love this.

You can find either one of these books on the Steeple Hill site! Please go and visit the site or go directly to the authors sites and learn more about them and their writing.



  1. Deborah, thank you so much for your kind words. I'm so glad you enjoyed Trial by Fire. And thank you for taking the time to let others know you enjoyed it. Blessings!

  2. So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for your review. I really appreciate it. Glad it didn't disappoint a GA gal. :-)

  3. Deborah, LOVE this site...and you!
    Cara has long been a favorite of mine, starting with Canteen Dreams! Don't MISS that one! Plus she is DEVOTED to serving others.

    Jenness has been on my TBR list. Sigh. If I can JUST get through my research pile. Sad thing is, it is GROWING...