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“Lethal Target” by Janice Cantor ~ Review

Lethal Target (Line of Duty #2)

“Lethal Target” by Janice Cantor

Book #2 in the Line of Duty Series

Review copy through Tyndale publishers review program

My rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

 

 

About the Book:

Police Chief Tess O’Rourke thought she’d taken care of her small town’s drug problem last year. But now Rogue’s Hollow residents are up in arms over a contentious vote on legalizing the sale of marijuana within city limits. And when an eighteen-year-old is found dead of a possible overdose, Tess wonders if the local pot farms might be involved and begins to fear that a new, deadlier drug supply chain has cropped up. As tempers flare and emotions boil over, Tess faces the possibility of losing the town’s support.

With her relationship to Sergeant Steve Logan on shaky ground, Tess could really use a friend, and she feels drawn to Pastor Oliver Macpherson’s quiet presence. But the anger she holds over her father’s death prevents her from embracing his faith and finding peace.

Battling storms within and without, Tess is shocked when a familiar face from her past shows up in town to stir up more trouble. And his threats against Tess may prove lethal.

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

The suspense returns in this second book in the Line of Duty series. Main character, Tess, is faced with more than one troubling case; including one that just might get her in major trouble.
It was nice to be able to continue with this book after finishing the first in the series. This book takes place several months after “Crisis Shot”, and can be read as a stand-alone. As with most books, you will get a better feel for the characters, setting, and story by reading these in order, but it’s not absolutely necessary. There’s a new investigation, and the story threads that are continued in book two are understandable on their own.
It was a good book, one which I enjoyed. The suspense was well drawn out and you were very intrigued to find out how the book would finish.
I was a little surprised by the romance thread – it took a turn away from what the first book alluded from, and while I suspected it from the beginning of “Lethal Target”, I can’t say it was my favorite choice. I didn’t feel like these particular two characters meshed as well. But that is just my opinion.
The faith strand was continued nicely, and in this book we get to see Tess soften to God and begin to move forward in her healing, so that was good.
I liked seeing familiar characters from the first book, like Tilly. I hope we will get to see a little bit more of her in the third book too!
The mystery kept us guessing, and it was a relief to see it all turn out well in the end.
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Mini Review for the first book in the series, “Crisis Shot”:
Crisis Shot (Line of Duty #1)
Really enjoyed this book – Janice Cantor writes very good police fiction. I felt attached to main character Tess, and her cause from the first page, and enjoyed seeing her journey. The mystery/suspense was well-played out, and had a good climax.
The faith strand was present, woven in gently. I look forward to seeing it continue in the next book.
Romance was very light – sometimes alluded to, but not the main focal point of the book. It worked well for this story, and as with the faith strand, I also look forward to seeing how it all develops.
Well written and engaging. I so appreciate what police do, and this book championed them in a great way.
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“Just Look Up” by Courtney Walsh ~ Review

“Just Look Up” by Courtney Walsh

Review copy from Tyndale Publishers Reading Program

My Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

 

About the Book:

After tirelessly climbing the ranks of her Chicago-based interior design firm, Lane Kelley is about to land her dream promotion when devastating news about her brother draws her back home―a quaint tourist town full of memories she’d just as soon forget. With her cell phone and laptop always within reach, Lane aims to check on her brother while staying focused on work―something her eclectic family doesn’t understand.
Ryan Brooks never expected to settle down in Harbor Pointe, Michigan, but after his final tour of duty, it was the only place that felt like home. Now knee-deep in a renovation project that could boost tourism for the struggling town, he is thrilled to see Lane, the girl he secretly once loved, even if the circumstances of her homecoming aren’t ideal.
Their reunion gets off to a rocky start, however, when Ryan can’t find a trace of the girl he once knew in the woman she is today. As he slowly chips away at the walls Lane has built, secrets from his past collide with a terrible truth even he is reluctant to believe. Facing a crossroads that could define his future with Lane and jeopardize his relationship with the surrogate family he’s found in the Kelleys, Ryan hopes Lane can see that maybe what really matters has been right in front of her all along―if only she’d just look up.

 

 

My Thoughts:

I’ve only read one other of Courtney Walsh’s books, but I enjoyed that one quite a bit, so I was glad to get the chance to read/review this one as well.
I liked this book – especially Ryan. He was a great character. So sweet and selfless, but not without his own faults and struggles. Lane was a well crafted character too, though I personally didn’t relate to her quite as well, but there were times where I could.
This was definitely a romance book, but not a deep Christian book. There was a bit in the beginning/middle, but only a little and nothing really fully developed/focused on it. The faith strand just wasn’t a very major part of the book. It was clean, and there were mentions of God, and His role in our lives, it just wasn’t the focal point of the story.
The message of not being so connected to the online world etc. was good, and the story  was written well. It all flowed very nicely and was engaging.
So while I think I preferred the other book I’ve read by this author, “Just Look Up” was still a good read.
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Tnydale Book Review: “With Love, Wherever You Are” by Dandi Daley MacKall

 

“With Love, Wherever You Are” by Dandi Daley MacKall

 

About the Book:

Everyone knows that war romances never last . . .
After a whirlwind romance and wedding, Helen Eberhart Daley, an army nurse, and Lieutenant Frank Daley, M.D. are sent to the front lines of Europe with only letters to connect them for months at a time.

Surrounded by danger and desperately wounded patients, they soon find that only the war seems real―and their marriage more and more like a distant dream. If they make it through the war, will their marriage survive?

Based on the incredible true love story, With Love, Wherever You Are is an adult novel from beloved children’s author Dandi Daley Mackall.

 

My Thoughts:
This was a sweet WWII fiction, but what was better was that it was based upon the true story of the author’s own parents. That fact I found most touching.
Frank and Helen had a bit of a whirlwind marriage – a war marriage – and they went months in between seeing each other, yet their love for one another remained strong. They chose one another, and that was very sweet.
The story was well written, and I think very realistic. Sometimes I found it a tad bit slow, but not at all uninteresting – it’s a very good story.
I’ve read quite a few WWII fiction books and this was one that really felt authentic – the real story of it shone through beautifully and added a great depth to it. Truly, I think my favourite part of this book was the end bit where the author gave us a look behind the fiction into the fact. That was so neat to read, and see a copy of one of the original letters – what a special keepsake!
Fans of good WWII Fiction will definitely enjoy this one. :)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Tyndale Review Program. All thoughts are my own.