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Power Play by Rachel Dylan

Political Moves

Power Play by Rachel Dylan is a fabulous Christian contemporary political suspense. It is the third book in the Capital Intrigue series but can be read as a stand-alone.

Rachel Dylan has once more produced and executed a first-class plotline that had me glued from the start.

The characters are well drawn and realistic. As the action unfolded, I could easily picture the scenes due to comprehensive descriptions. The characters elicited a variety of emotional responses from me.

Suspicion is heightened and trust in short supply after two murders and one attack. The characters need to work out the perpetrator. I had my suspicions from the start – but was only partly correct. See if you can spot the villains.

Family is important. After the loss of her parents (years before the book opened, no spoilers here), the leading lady appreciates her sister even more.

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Backlash by Rachel Dylan

The Fall-Out

Backlash by Rachel Dylan is a marvellous contemporary Christian crime suspense. It is the second book in the Capital Intrigue series but can be read as a stand-alone. I enjoyed catching up with familiar faces.

In book one we met a group of friends. Book two sees us follow the fortunes of Layla. Friendship is important. We all need good friends whom we can trust and who will support us through life.

At times life spirals out of control. We can always turn to God for support. “Relying on my faith gets me through the difficult times.” Being a Christian does not make us immune to hard times but God is faithful and has promised to never leave us.

“He was still struggling to answer… why had God left him?” God walks alongside us. If we fail to ‘see’ or ‘feel’ Him, the fault lies with us and where we have placed our focus.

The novel is full of suspense and very intriguing. A successful mission has been turned around as the team face lies, danger and cover-ups. Somewhere within the law enforcement is a leak, it needs to be plugged before more damage is done.

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End Game by Rachel Dylan


End Game by Rachel Dylan is an exciting contemporary Christian crime suspense that completely consumed me. It is the first book in the Capital Intrigue series.

Rachel Dylan has produced a well thought out, complex plotline that both intrigued me and kept me on my toes. The action came thick and fast as an air of suspense wafted throughout.

The characters were realistic and likable. The reader witnesses that teamwork gets results as members pull together and have each other’s backs. Inter agencies need to pool their resources to solve the case.

There is the theme of trust as the body count rises. Is there a serial killer out there? Or is it something more sinister entirely? What is certain is that God can be trusted. We need to call on Him at all times. “Lexi wouldn’t consider herself a particularly religious person… but… she felt like she needed God’s help to get through this.” God hears all our cries. His ability to act does not depend on our level of faith.

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The Brightest Of Dreams by Susan Anne Mason

God Will Restore

The Brightest Of Dreams by Susan Anne Mason is a delightful Christian historical novel set in 1919. It is the third book in the Canadian Crossings series but can be read as a stand-alone. I enjoyed meeting up with familiar faces.

The story surrounds the plight of Dr Bernardo’s children who were sent from the orphanages in England to Canada. Not all the children were orphans, some were in the homes due to their parents falling on hard times. Permission to take the children overseas was not obtained. It was a shocking time in history. Susan Anne Mason has woven a marvellous fictional tale around the facts.

The reader is reminded that God wants us to take care of the widows and orphans. There are some huge hearts within the novel who open up their hearts and homes to others and who do not judge them.

There are the themes of guilt and forgiveness. Deathbed promises made before World War I intervened did not materialize. A character is weighted down with guilt and needs to forgive the face in the mirror.

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