Summer’s Squall by Amy Schisler – Review

Posted December 1, 2017 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Summer’s Squall by Amy Schisler – Review

Summer's Squall

by Amy Schisler

Published by Chesapeake Sunrise Publishing
Publication Date December 1, 2017
Genres: Action/Adventure, Mystery, Clean Romance, Suspense
Setting: Colorado Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-35
Written for: Adult
Pages: 285


Baltimore City Police Detective, Abe (Lank) Lankton, assumes he'll be helping his cousin solve a minor problem when she calls and asks him to fly west. When he learns that he's been called out there to aid in capturing an elusive stalker, his first instinct is go straight back to Maryland. However, when he meets the alluring victim, Summer Cooper, all bets are off. With his future, and his own life, in jeopardy, Lank must choose between going back to the life he knows in America's Charm City or staying out west to help Summer, but Lank's not sure that Summer is all that she claims to be or that the stalker even exists. One thing he knows for sure, Summer is guilty... of stealing his heart.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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Summer’s Squall had a great mix of suspense, mystery, intrigue and romance.  The mystery behind the stalker was well written, with clues dropped, but not so many as to make it obvious.  There was enough suspense to keep it interesting, but not so much that it was edge of the seat scary (which is good for me!)

I was touched by the comments about how just because you are smart, it doesn’t mean you need to be a scientist or doctor or something “great”.  Being great at what you do is more important.  I know I can be hard on myself and wonder sometimes if I should be doing “more” with my life.  This was a great reminder and was very encouraging.

The author obviously did a lot of research for the book and it showed, not in boring lists of facts, but in the way the book was fleshed out.  In addition, the descriptions were beautifully done, not telling but showing the beauty of the area.

The story was “mostly” clean.  There were multiple uses of a “mild” swear word and references to Lank’s physical reaction to Summer that were mostly clean, but more detailed than I prefer in the books that I read, and in my opinion, unnecessary.  In addition to that, there were some descriptions of physical violence.  Not too detailed, but it was there.

The book was written from a Catholic point of view.  It did not have a lot of doctrine, but there were references to praying to saints.

About Amy Schisler

Amy Schisler Author

Award-winning author, Amy MacWilliams Schisler, grew up in Maryland, not far from Washington, DC. She graduated from Salisbury University with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science and from the University of Maryland with a Masters of Library and Information Science.

Amy began writing as a child and spent fifteen years working as a librarian, a job she dearly loved, before becoming a full-time author. Her debut book was the beloved children’s book, Crabbing With Granddad, an autobiographical book about spending the day with her grandfather that us used throughout the state of Maryland as part of its Maryland history unit. Amy’s first novel, A Place to Call Home, was published in 2014 by Sarah Book Publishing.

Her books, Picture Me and Whispering Vines, received 2016 and 2017 Illumination Book Awards, which recognize the best Christian themed books published both in the traditional book form as well as the ebook industry. Whispering Vines received a 2017 LYRA Award for the best romance of 2016. She followed up her success with the acclaimed, Island of Miracles in 2017.

Amy’s weekly blog currently has over 1000 subscribers, and topics vary from current events to her home life with her husband, Ken, and their three daughters, Rebecca, Katie, and Morgan as well as their two dogs, Rosie and Misty.

Schisler delights in speaking to groups, and more information may be found at her website:

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