I have read a few Christian fiction books in my long history of reading, primarily the Left Behind series and some Frank Peretti thrillers, but it has been a few years since I read the last one. As part of the Active Christian Media, previously known as the Mind & Media, review team I was given the opportunity to review a new book written by Dee Henderson. The book was sent to me for free with the only expectation that I write up my thoughts and post them on my blog.
I found out that Dee Henderson is actually quite popular with twelve best-selling novels and was very pleased to have the chance to read one of her books. When I first started the book it took me about three nights to get past page 50 and get into the book, but after that I took it on a business trip and read one half while flying from Seattle to Georgia. I then finished the book on the return trip to Seattle and admit it was one of those books I didn’t want to put down.
I won’t give away all the details of the book, but will just let you know it is about a family of three sisters who have some problems with the mob and other “family secrets”. You’ll read how wealthy people commonly act and have difficulty believing in God when they have been blessed most of their lives. The primary male character is police chief, Luke Granger, and I was pleased to read about his faith in God and the way he handled his relationship with one of the sisters. The love story developed over time and wasn’t unbelievable like many we read in books today. The story had happy times, sad times, tense times, and kept me guessing and trying to figure things out through most of the book. I didn’t expect everything that happened and was expecting a different ending. It was an excellent and enjoyable book that I would recommend to everyone.
A nice feature of the book was the 17 discussion questions at the end that you can use to help facilitate a book club discussion with your small group or other group of friends.
The book wasn’t “preachy” or anything at all and any Christian or non-Christian will enjoy it. It does demonstrate and discuss at times how faith in God can help sustain us in times of trouble and the book can serve as a good way to open up dialogue with unbelievers.