Title: Gathering Shadows (Finding Sanctuary #1)
Author: Nancy Mehl
Release Date: April 29, 2014
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Format: Paperback (320 pages)
Source: Review copy from publisher
Genre: Christian Fiction/Romance
Rating: 4 Stars
From Goodreads: Wynter Evans is a promising young reporter for a television station in St. Louis, but even a bright future doesn’t take away her pain over the disappearance of her brother nine years ago. So when she stumbles across a photograph of a boy with an eerie resemblance to him, she can’t pass up the chance to track him down. With research for work as her cover, she sets out with one of the station’s photogs for the place where the picture was taken: the town of Sanctuary.
Almost as soon as she arrives, she meets the town’s handsome young mayor, Rueben King, and together they begin to uncover long held secrets that could tear the small town apart and change everything Wynter thought she knew about her life. As the truth of her family’s past hides in the shadows, it’s clear someone will stop at nothing to keep the answers she’s searching for hidden forever–even if the cost is Wynter’s very life.
Review: A great mystery romance. I’ve come to enjoy reading Christian Fiction, as of late. There’s just this need for simplicity in romance books, without all the added sex and what not. Don’t get me wrong, I read quite a few erotic romance novels. It’s just nice to read a story with more to tell. This is my first Nancy Mehl book, so I didn’t know what to expect when I got it in the mail.
Wynter sets out to find the boy in a picture she comes across that looks like her brother who disappeared 9 years ago. She is determined and soon arrives in the town of Sanctuary. She then meets Mayor Rueben King, and they come together to find answers. Uncovering secrets can be deadly, especially if they are meant to remain hidden.
I read this book over the course of two days. I was so caught up in they mystery of it all. Wynter is a strong-willed character. As she struggled to come to terms with the secrets she uncovers, she also finds love. The mystery and romance tied together nicely in this book. I really enjoyed reading it and I can’t wait for the next installment. It was like watching a Lifetime movie! Great read, definitely recommend!