Research scientist Kate Adams and her colleague Daisy are on the brink of a breakthrough for treating depression with herbal medicine when Daisy suddenly dies. Kate knows that if it hadn't been for Daisy's mentorship, she wouldn't have the job she loves or the faith she clings to. So when police rule Daisy's death a suicide, Kate is determined to unearth the truth.
Former FBI agent Tom Parker finds it hard to adjust to life back in his hometown of Port Aster. Though an old buddy gives him a job as a detective on the local police force, not everyone approves. Tom's just trying to keep a low profile, so when Kate Adams demands he reopen the investigation of her friend's death, he knows his job is at stake. In fact, despite his attraction to her, Tom thinks Kate looks a bit suspicious herself.
As evidence mounts, a web of intrigue is woven around the sleepy town of Port Aster. Can Kate uncover the truth? Or will Tom stand in her way?
Overall I liked this book. This is the first book in the Port Aster Secrets series. It was a slight romantic Christian book with a mystery/suspense aspect. I got annoyed a few times at the plot. The characters kept jumping from one suspect to the next then back again. It felt disjointed. It felt like I never connected all the way with the characters. I liked Kate and Tom but it just did not come off the pages to me. The plot was interesting but according to the first part of the book description above and on the back of the book the antidepressant medicine should have a played a big role. It was not mentioned until the very end. I kept waiting and waiting for the story to pick up. It had more potential so when the next book comes out I will read it.
Sandra Orchard is an active member in American Christian Fiction Writers, The Word Guild, Romance Writers of America, and a local writing group. She recently participated in the Writers' Police Academy for hands-on training and simulations at a police training facility. She is the author of Shades of Truth, Critical Condition, and Deep Cover, which won the Canadian Christian Writing Award for romance in June 2012 and was recognized as one of the top five novels of the year by Family Fiction magazine. Sandra has also received a Daphne DuMaurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense in both the inspirational category and for best score overall. She lives in Niagara, Ontario, Canada. To find out more, please visit www.sandraorchard.com.
Available June 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.