by Sara L. Foust
Series: Love Hope and Faith #1
Published by Mantle Rock Publishing
Publication Date November 7, 2017
Genres: Action/Adventure, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance, Mystery, Suspense
Setting: Tennessee Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-35
Written for: Adult
Kat Williams's brother died in a gruesome accident in the mountains of East Tennessee. She blames herself. Ryan Jenkins's fiancée was murdered. He couldn’t protect her. With the death of her brother, Kat believes she is unworthy of love from anyone—even God. When a good friend elicits a promise that she will stop living in the past, then leaves her clues to a real-life treasure hunt, Kat embarks on an adventure chock-full of danger. To find the treasure, Kat will have to survive wild animals—and even wilder men. Can she rely on Ryan, the handsome wildlife officer assigned to protect her … without falling in love? Ryan swore off love when his fiancée was murdered, but feelings long buried rise to the surface around Kat. He volunteers to help with her treasure hunt, vowing to keep her safe. Together they venture deep into caves and tunnels … and even deeper into the depths of their unplumbed hearts.
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It is very hard to believe that this is Sara L. Foust’s debut novel. I have read many a novel by an author who has published scads of books that were not as well written an interesting as this one was.
With a word in the book’s description like “gruesome”, I did hesitate before reading this book. I am not a fan of violent books or those that are gory. I am so glad that I didn’t skip over this book. The genre is certainly Suspense, but the story was not gruesome or gory. I would consider it to still fall under the “Clean” category of writing.
The book was a great blend of suspense and adventure, with a little romance thrown in as well. The various elements of the story were woven together well and the details were revealed at a very appropriate pace. I loved how the author used the compass throughout the story in such significant ways.
Though the book wasn’t in any way preachy, the message of forgiveness and salvation was clearly presented. Prayer and the need for salvation were interwoven throughout the story, but not in such a way as to overpower the story itself.
I was a little mad at Kat’s family. They all knew that she carried guilt over her brother’s death, yet in the 20 years that passed, they never talked to her about it or attempted to let her know that she wasn’t responsible.
For those who might have a concern, drug use and drug-making (Meth) were an element in the book, but the drug use was not described – it was simply a person who had ruined his life by using them, and the Meth was a minor plot element and was mentioned in a way that made it very clear that there is nothing good about it.