The Witnesses–See the Future, Impact the Present?

Deb’s Dozen: Grandfather and grandson—both see glimpses of the future. Blessing or curse?

Robert Whitlow’s The Witnesses is an entertaining story about law and romance in the South. Frank House aka Franz Haus has a new life in America. He served on General Berg’s staff where he was known as the Aryan Eagle because of his insights into future situations and his ability to predict the outcomes. He deserted after a horrific experience near the end of World War II, then spent the balance of the war hiding in plain site as a fisherman on the Seine. Feeling called to the US, he traveled here, married, and had children. His daughter and son were killed by a drunk driver and his grandson, Parker, came to live with him. Now Frank and his best friend, Lenny, spend most of their days fishing.

Parker, now grown, is an attorney in a small law firm in New Bern, NC. The newest member of the firm, his partners load all the scut work and research on him. Parker occasionally has brilliant insights that have helped the partners win cases. On one case in particular, Parker urges Greg, the senior partner, to keep a particular juror—a pretty, blonde photographer, Layla Donovan. That instinct served them well and Parker is intrigued. When he runs into her at a friend’s wedding—he attending, she taking pictures—he decides to pursue the interest.

Greg decides to invite premier attorney, Thomas Blocker, to work with them on a case where their expertise is lacking. Blocker agrees only if his contact at the firm is Parker. Parker learns to his chagrin that Blocker is Layla’s father.

The cases proceed as does Thomas’s interest in Layla—and Blocker’s interest in Parker. The characters are well-written, the story proceeds in deliberate order, and we learn about and come to care for Frank and Parker and Layla. The descriptions are apt but not excessive and the action intriguing. You’ll enjoy the development of the story and the characters. Four stars.

Robert Whitlow is a multi-published author, who writes legal fiction set in the South. He won a Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction. He received his JD from the University of Georgia School of Law and was on the staff of the Georgia Law Review.

Thomas Nelson gave me a copy of The Witnesses, but I was in no way obligated to write a good review.

Bible History Brought to Life in A Harvest of Rubies

Deb’s Dozen: Bible History Persian Era Brought to Life in a Harvest of Rubies

Bible History can be fascinating or dull. My personal preference is well-written historical fiction of the various eras. One of my fave authors of this genre is Tessa Afshar. Harvest of Rubies is a delightful book set in the Persian reign of Artaxerxes and his Jewish advisor, Nehemiah.

Sarah is an only child whose mother died when she was young. Her scribe father has no clue how to raise a young girl or how to give her the love she needs. As a result, Sarah grows up feeling valued only for her abilities as a scribe and not for her person or personality. When an opportunity arises for Sarah to go to the palace to be the senior scribe for Queen Damaspia, she goes–reluctantly. She is cleaned up and educated on palace protocol. And she does an excellent job for the queen. But Sarah still feels unworthy and unloved.

Because of her value to the queen and as a reward, Damaspia gives her a husband–which horrifies Sarah. You’ll love the palace intrigue, the schemes Sarah uncovers, and the slow realization that maybe she needs the Lord and Lord Darius. How all of the events occur is the stuff of fairy tales–or God in action. Five Stars.

Tessa Afshar is a brilliant author whose first book, Pearl in the Sand, resulted in her being voted as “New Author of the Year” by the Reader’s Choice Awards. She was born in Iran and lived there for her first fourteen years, attended a boarding school for girls in England, and then moved to the US. She converted to Christianity in her twenties and her life changed. She holds an MDiv from Yale and for the last thirteen years has served in full-time Christian service.

Tessa gave me a copy of Harvest of Rubies, but I was in no way obligated to write a favorable review.

Suspense in Action: You Can’t Hit a Moving Target

Deb’s Dozen: Suspense, action, kidnapping. Serial killer on the loose. Maddy and Quinn Next?

Suspense is Lynette Eason’s calling. Her writing always has suspense and action and believable characters peopling the novels. The books in the Elite Guardians series are no exceptions. If you follow my blog, you’ll be up-to-date on this series and the first two books, Always Watching and Without Warning. Moving Target is just as exhilarating and exciting as the others.

Maddy McKay and Quinn Holcombe have a history. He’s FBI and she’s ex-FBI. They both have been near death–her from a slashed throat and him from being smashed in a car by a backhoe. She’s stuck by him through his rehab; he’s drawn to her and doesn’t know what to do about the situation. Maddy’s assignment is to get Quinn to his birthday party, but he ticks her off so badly she stalks out of the restaurant where they’re having dinner. After brief, but not brief enough, consideration, Quinn follows and drives to Maddy’s home.

At the party, the crew is worried. Neither Maddy nor Quinn have shown up and they’re not answering their phones or texts. They begin a search for the pair. In the meantime, Maddy and Quinn are in a fight for their lives as they’re hunted, literally, by the Chosen One.

You will not be able to put this book down. Do NOT start reading in the evening unless you want to stay up all night. Eason has included everything I want in a book: engaging characters, fascinating plot, twists and turns, a hint of romance. She gets her protagonists into situations you’re sure they can’t escape, but they pull out resources they didn’t know they had and manage to do so–only to be put right back in another perilous spot. Five stars!

Moving TargetLynette Eason has four series to her credit: Women of Justice, Deadly Reunions, Hidden Identity, and Elite Guardians. You will want to read all of them. She is the winner of two American Christian Fiction Writer Carol Awards, the Selah Award, a Golden Scroll Award and others. She lives in South Carolina where she plots more murder and mayhem

Revell, a division of Baker Books, gave me a copy of Moving Target, but I was in no way obligated to write a favorable review.