Saturday, February 25, 2012

When The Smoke Clears: A Book Review

About The Book:

After a brush with death due to equipment failure, smokejumper Alexia Allen is ordered to take time off while the incident is under investigation. She makes a last-minute decision to recuperate at her mother's home and attend her high school reunion. Yet trouble seems to be following her, and within hours of arriving home she is confronted with murder, arson--and a handsome detective.

But the conflicts ahead are nothing compared to the ghosts of her past. As she struggles to accept and forgive her family's past, she must also decide if the secret she's been guarding for the last ten years must finally come to light.

Chock-full of the suspense and romantic tension you've come to expect from Lynette Eason, When the Smoke Clears is the explosive first book in the Deadly Reunions series.

About The Author:

Lynette Eason is the author of several romantic suspense novels, including Too Close to HomeDon't Look BackA Killer Among Us, and When the Smoke Clears. She is a member of American Fiction Christian Writers and Romance Writers of America. A homeschooling mother of two, she has a master's degree in education from Converse College. She lives in South Carolina.

My Review:

The genre of mystery novels, particularly within Christian Fiction, is one of my favorites. 

When I was first introduced to the genre of Christian Mystery novels, one of my favorite authors was Dee Henderson (shes still is one of my faves), and now I can add Lynette Eason to the list. I have actually read a number of Eason's books and from the very beginning her writing definitely reminded me of Henderson. 

From the very first page you are drawn into the action, mystery, tension-filled scenes and for good measure, a little bit of romance.  There is a few different storylines, and the author did a fantastic job of combining them without confusing me, and it allowed me to really get to know the various characters. Two of the big themes seen throughout the book is how to deal with one's past, and the power of forgiveness. There is also a Christian undertone of course, but it is not done in a pushy manner, making the book appealing to even non-Christians. You will not want to put this book down, I know i didn't and finished it in two days!

I cannot wait to read the rest of the Deadly Reunion series! The characters are all fantastic, and wonderfully developed throughout the book. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a HUGE thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase When The Smoke Clears at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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