A Fatal Obsession by Faith Martin

The WPC And The Vulture

 A Fatal Obsession by Faith Martin is a fabulous police retro novel set in 1960. The book is evocative of a bygone age where crimes were solved by legwork, questions and a healthy dose of suspicion.

A Fatal Obsession is a ‘thinking man’s’ novel. Being set in Oxford conjured up familiar landscapes for me. As a fan of the television series Morse and WPC56, I found the novel to be reminiscent of a blend of both.

An unlikely pairing of a young WPC and an aging coroner ensured the reader was entertained as the young woman learnt about crime solving from the master.

Modern murder collided with a cold case and kept the reader intrigued as we journeyed from parlors to stately homes. The reader found that secrets resided behind locked doors, requiring digging to unearth them.

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Destiny’s Whirlwind by Catherine Ulrich Brakefield

A Mustard Seed

Destiny’s Whirlwind by Catherine Ulrich Brakefield is a Christian historical epic that entertains from the start.

Being set in 1898 it is the dawn of the modern age but life is still hard. People die from disease and treat others with caution. The American farmer has a hard life. Comprehensive descriptions enable the reader to ‘experience’ the rich landscape which is an unforgiving master.

A legacy of land and a deathbed promise is a heavy weight on a sixteen year olds shoulders.
The main character is an unconventional heroine with her tomboy clothes and her resilient and modern outlook on life that is underpinned by a strong faith.

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The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck

Come, Follow Me

The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck is the most delightful Christian contemporary and historical novel that enthrals from the start. This is a book that is just crying out to be read. You do not want to miss it.

The reader is in for a real treat as the action alternates between 1780 and present day. There are pairs of star crossed lovers who fight their own personal battles against the backdrop of the War For Independence. We are all in a spiritual battle as the devil fights to distract us from God. However “Love had already won.” God fights for us even when we do not know Him. God desires us. “God was pursuing her. Her choices led her straight to Him.” This is the love story over us all – that God pursues us. He desires a relationship with you and with me.

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Breaking The Silence by Diamante Lavendar

Adopted Into His Family

Breaking The Silence by Diamante Lavendar is a powerful Christian novel about pain and forgiveness. It will break your heart as you read. It is set in 1985 looking backwards.

Breaking The Silence has some very difficult to read scenes as the novel surrounds the topic of child sexual abuse. It also has themes of drug and alcohol abuse as well as abortion, miscarriage and attempted suicide. The reader ‘feels’ the pain extending from the book as the lead character declares “when things are darkest, the only way to look is up.” She feels “the pain eating me alive.” God is always there for us. He can turn situations around but we will never understand why horrendous things happen to the innocents.

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