Thursday, May 22, 2014

CFBA - Gathering Shadows by Nancy Mehl

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Gathering Shadows

Bethany House Publishers (May 6, 2014)


Nancy Mehl


Nancy Mehl lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband Norman and their dog, Watson. She’s authored thirteen books and is currently at work on her newest series for Bethany House Publishing.

All of Nancy’s novels have an added touch – something for your spirit as well as your soul. “I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing,” Nancy says. “It’s a part of me and of everything I think or do. God is number one in my life. I wouldn’t be writing at all if I didn’t believe that this is what He’s called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan especially for your life, and there is nothing you can’t overcome with His help.”

She and her husband attend Believer’s Tabernacle in Wichita.


Wynter Evans is a promising young reporter for a television station in St. Louis, but even a bright future doesn't take away her pain over the disappearance of her brother nine years ago. So when she stumbles across a photograph of a boy with an eerie resemblance to him, she can't pass up the chance to track him down. With research for work as her cover, she sets out with one of the station's photogs for the place where the picture was taken: the town of Sanctuary. 

Almost as soon as she arrives, she meets the town's handsome young mayor, Rueben King, and together they begin to uncover long held secrets that could tear the small town apart and change everything Wynter thought she knew about her life. As the truth of her family's past hides in the shadows, it's clear someone will stop at nothing to keep the answers she's searching for hidden forever--even if the cost is Wynter's very life.

If you'd like to read the first chapter of Gathering Shadows, go HERE

My Thoughts:

It has been a long time since I have read a book written in first person. At first, I thought I wouldn't like it but as I got into the story it flowed so well that it didn't really matter.  However, it would have been nice to know Reuben King's thoughts about Wynter Evans. When he spoke out his feelings for her they seemed to come on abruptly. 

Ms. Mehl has written a wonderful suspense novel with twists and turns that will keep the reader guessing until the very end. I really enjoyed how she allowed Wynter and Zac to become close and trusting friends. I would hope in the next book of the series that she will bring Zac back. I loved his character.

If I had anything negative to say is that I wanted the last page to continue and allow the family to finally be together. My hope is in book two we will be able to see that unfold.

This is a story of hope, forgiveness and trust and I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to read a good clean suspense novel.

On a 5-Star scale - 4 Stars!!!!

I would like to thank Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Bethany House for my review copy. I received it for free in order to read it and give my honest review, which I have done.

Smiles & Blessings,

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