Counterfeit Love by Crystal Caudill – Review

Hi Readers, Happy May 🙂

I am THRILLED to be able to share with you my Social Media friend’s debut book, Counterfeit Love!! I meant Crystal Caudill at a Christian Fiction Readers Retreat and I remember her talking about how she wanted to be a writer, so when I heard that she finished her first book and it was getting published, I had to join her launch team! So without further ado, let me show you Counterfeit Love – Let’s go!

The Bookish Details

Book: Counterfeit Love
Author: Crystal Caudill
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release date: March 15th 2022

From The Back Cover

Can this undercover agent save the woman he loves–or is her heart as counterfeit as the money he’s been sent to track down?

After all that Grandfather has sacrificed to raise her, Theresa Plane owes it to him to save the family name–and that means clearing their debt with creditors before she marries Edward Greystone. But when one of the creditors’ threats leads her to stumble across a midnight meeting, she discovers that the money he owes isn’t all Grandfather was hiding. And the secrets he kept have now trapped Theresa in a life-threatening fight for her home–and the truth.

After months of undercover work, Secret Service operative Broderick Cosgrove is finally about to uncover the identity of the leader of a notorious counterfeiting ring. That moment of triumph turns to horror, however, when he finds undeniable proof that his former fiancée is connected. Can he really believe the woman he loved is a willing participant? Protecting Theresa and proving her innocence may destroy his career–but that’s better than failing her twice in one lifetime.

They must form a partnership, tentative though it is. But there’s no question they’re both still keeping secrets–and that lack of trust, along with the dangerous criminals out for their blood, threatens their hearts, their faith, and their very survival.

Combining rich history, danger, suspense, and romance, Crystal Caudill’s debut novel launches this new historical series with a bang. Fans of Elizabeth Camden, Michelle Griep, and Joanna Davidson Politano will be thrilled to find another author to follow!

Click Here to find out more info and to get a copy for yourself!

What Did I Think?

Wow, WOW!! This book is one of the best Historical Fiction novels I’ve read all year! From the very first page, I was hooked. This book has everything – romance, faith, humor and just enough suspense to keep you intrigued until the very last page. I loved Theresa’s determination to defend her livelihood and was both amazed and encouraged by her character throughout the story. I also enjoyed reading about Theresa and Broderick’s relationship and LOVED seeing them grow closer to God and to each other. Another thing I really liked, was all the historical details and facts that the Author included, because this really made the story more realistic.

As an avid Fiction reader, I can tell you that there are some books that when you finish them, you immediately start thinking about the next book on your TBR pile; however, there are other books that when you finish, you just pause like, “WOW! That was AMAZING!!” (and you kind of regret finishing it so quick, because you didn’t want it to end and now you have to wait for the next book!! ) and this was definitely one of those books! I would highly recommend this book to anyone and give it 5 out of 5 stars and cannot WAIT for the next book (do I really have to wait until next year!?!)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About the Author

Crystal Caudill is a tea-drinking, book-hoarding, history nerd. Her award-winning stories are ripe with history, danger, love, and hope. When not writing, Crystal can be found playing board games with her husband and boys, caregiving for loved ones, hiding in a book, drinking copious amounts of hot tea, or connecting with readers. You can connect with her at or by joining her newsletter crew at

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you check this book out and if you do, don’t forget to leave me a comment with your thoughts!

Happy Reading 

>>>>Special thanks to Crystal Caudill, Netgalley and Kregel Publications for allowing me to read and review this book – all views and opinions are my own.

Death Valley Double Cross by Dana Mentink – Celebration Tour stop# 23

Hey, hey!

I am so sorry that I haven’t posted much, but I have been very busy with family stuff and my job, but I am so excited to be a part of a Celebration tour with Celebrate Lit! (I haven’t been a part of one in a while!) So without further ado, let me share with you Dana Mentink’s latest book, Death Valley Double Cross.

The Bookish Details

Book: Death Valley Double Cross
Author: Dana Mentink
Genre: Inspirational Suspense
Release date: February 22, 2022

From the Back Cover

A killer seeking revenge
will stop at nothing to get it…

Pilar Jefferson is shocked to learn that her supposedly deceased father is alive and has been in prison—and now his ruthless former partner is after her. Fleeing on her wedding day was the best way to protect her loved ones. But now with her mother held for ransom and her ex-fiancé, Austin Duke, stumbling back into her life, can she keep everyone safe—and escape an assassin?

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.

Desert Justice
Book 1: Framed in Death Valley
Book 2: Missing in the Desert
Book 3: Death Valley Double Cross
Book 4: Death Valley Hideout


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What Did I Think?

First, even though this is the third book in the Desert Justice series, it could definitely be read as a stand alone. This book starts in the most unexpected way as Austin Duke runs into his “runaway bride”, Pilar Jefferson; however, he finds it very strange that she doesn’t look like herself. Almost immediately, they are both attacked which forces them to go on the run together bringing along the cutest old dog! What follows is a lot of twists and turns, where it’s hard to see who the good guys are and who wants them dead. Overall, I liked the story and there were a lot of very unique elements which I loved; however, I did feel that at times the story lagged a bit – but not enough to make me lose interest in the overall plot/storyline. For that reason, I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars and I recommend it to anyone who likes Suspense or specially, Love Inspired Suspense!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

About the Author

Dana Mentink is a USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author as well as a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, and a Holt Medallion winner. She is the Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of over fifty titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Poisoned Pen Press. You can connect with Dana via her website at, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.) 

More from Dana

I remember standing on the edge of the lookout and gazing into the wonder that is Artist’s Palette in Death Valley. Artist’s Drive, which takes you to this breathtaking view, rises above Badwater Basin (the lowest spot in North America) and then meanders along twisting canyons and hills until it brings you to this popular tourist stop. The premier view is a place called Artist’s palette. It’s a sprawling pocket of color, hues of rose, ochre, green and gold tucked in the rippling landscape and teased to life by the desert sun. Isn’t that just like God? To lead us to surprises and wonders that await us in a sometimes hostile world? Every day we spent in Death Valley held a surprise, from the rocks that move mysteriously across the sands to the towering twists and turns of 20 Mule Team Canyon. There are only two things to do with a wonderous place like that…enjoy the divine bounty, and write a novel set there so others can come along!
I hope you will enjoy this third installment in the Desert Justice series. The first is Beckett’s story and then we had quiet cowboy Levi’s adventure. Now it’s brash pilot Austin’s turn. Will he get his happy ending after being dumped at the altar and wrecking his shoulder in an accident? Turn those pages and come with me to Death Valley to find out!

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Inklings and notions, March 31

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, April 1

Betti Mace, April 1

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 2

Pause for Tales, April 2

For Him and My Family, April 3

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, April 3 (Author Interview)

deb’s Book Review, April 4

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 4

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 5

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 6

Life, Love, Writing, April 6

Bigreadersite, April 7

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, April 7

Bizwings Blog, April 8

For the Love of Literature, April 8

Blogging With Carol, April 9

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Simple Harvest Reads, April 10 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Paula’s Persuasion, April 10

Blossoms and Blessings, April 11

Sodbuster Living, April 11

Labor Not in Vain, April 12

Through the fire blogs, April 12


To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize package of the first three books in the series (Paperback for U.S. Only) and a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you check this book out and if you do, don’t forget to leave me a comment with your thoughts!

Happy Reading 

>>>>Special thanks to Dana Mentink, Celebrate Lit and Love Inspired Supense for allowing me to read and review this book – all views and opinions are my own.

First Line Fridays #74 – The Inheritance by Tamera Alexander

Hi Readers, Happy Friday!

It is getting late over here on the East Coast, but thankfully I found a few minutes to share the first line of the book I’m currently reading. So without further ado, my First Line Friday book is The Inheritance by Tamera Alexander!

”Mckenna Ashford climbed down from the wagon, holding firm to the belief that she’d made the right decision in coming West – as if her brother’s behavior back in Missouri had given her a choice”

 First Line of The Inheritance by Tamera Alexander

From the Back Cover

Determined to tame her fourteen-year-old younger brother’s rebellious streak, twenty-three-year-old McKenna Ashford accepts her cousin’s invitation to move west and start over. McKenna arrives only to find that her cousin and her cousin’s husband have died, leaving their five-year-old daughter an orphan—and that life in Copper Creek, Colorado, is far from what she expected.

McKenna struggles with her sudden new role as the guardian of two children. Shouldering burdens beyond her years, McKenna tries to be the parent Robert needs instead of the older sister he resents. But her “untimely inheritance” challenges her resolve at every turn, while also offering a second chance to restore her sense of trust—and perhaps even her heart.

U.S. Marshal Wyatt Caradon is dedicated to bringing fugitives to justice, yet years of living on the trail have taken their toll, and he finds himself at a crossroads. He’s brought countless men to justice, but he questions what lasting good he has accomplished. When his path intersects that of young Robert Ashford, Wyatt glimpses himself, years ago, in the boy’s pride and arrogance. He also sees a boy without a firm hand in his life. His well-meant attempt to help Robert brings him face-to-face with the one situation he never wanted to encounter—and the one woman who holds the key to helping him find his future.

As McKenna struggles to let go of her independence and Wyatt considers opening his heart again, they discover an inheritance beyond imagination—but it will come at a price.

About the Author

One of today’s most popular writers of inspirational historical romance, Tamera Alexander writes novels that USA Today calls “a full on HIT!” (about A Lasting Impression) and Publisher’s Weekly describes her writing as “so vivid, one can almost hear the music resonating off of the page” (about A Note Yet Unsung). Tamera is an author and inspirational speaker whose novels have garnered or been short-listed for numerous awards.

Tamera loves living in Nashville with her husband, not far from the Southern mansions that serve as the backdrop for many of her critically-acclaimed novels.

For more about Tamera’s books, visit

What are you reading this week? Would you read this book? Let me know in the comments below! 

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Happy Reading!

First Line Fridays #73 – The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

Hi Readers, Happy Friday!

I would like to show you to my First Line Friday for today, The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson!

“Rapunzel, I wish to marry you.”

First Line of The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

From the Back Cover

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.

Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again—this time, to the large city of Hagenheim.

The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight—Sir Gerek—Rapunzel in turn rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to this knight than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position?

As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery is about to be revealed after seventeen years of lies. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to?

About the Author

Melanie is the Christy award-winning author of Regency and Medieval fairy tale romances. Growing up about 50 miles from Harper Lee’s hometown in rural Alabama, Melanie wrote stories in notebooks for her friends, who passed them around in class as soon as she finished a scene. (And no, they didn’t get in trouble—much.) These stories always involved adventure, danger, and a hero and heroine falling in love, with a happily-ever-after ending. She’s been a romantic for as long as she can remember! Melanie’s newsletter sign-up is on her website,, and you can connect with her on Facebook

What are you reading this week? Would you read this book? Let me know in the comments below! 

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Happy Reading!

Safe House Exposed by Darlene L. Turner – Review

Hey, hey! Happy Saturday!

I am so excited to share with you today my review of Darlene L Turner’s new book, Safe House Exposed! I know I’ve told you all that I love reading Love Inspired Suspense and that is true, but this author writes some of the best ones!! So without further ado, I would like to take to you over the U.S border, into Canada, where something sinister is going on…

The Bookish Details!


Author: Darlene L. Turner

Series: Border Patrol (Book 4) – can be read as a standalone

Genre: Mystery/Suspense

Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense

From The Back Cover

Witness protection should have kept them safe.

Instead, it left them completely exposed…

Canadian border patrol officer Emma James has only one concern after putting a crime boss behind bars: keeping her daughter safe. But witness protection has a leak, and Emma’s enemies know exactly where to find her. Now on the run with no safe haven, trusting her estranged former brother-in-law, police constable Mason James, to shield them is her only hope…

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.

Get your copy now by clicking here!

What Did I Think?

Witness Protection is supposed to keep you safe right?!? Well, what would you do if every safe house you go to seems to be compromised? How can you keep your loved ones safe, when you don’t know where to go, or who to trust? Those are just some of the questions that Emma and Mason have to keep asking themselves because everywhere they think is safe, is somehow comprised. This book has so much packed between it’s small covers and it is almost impossible to put down – seriously, this book is amazing! It has so many twists and turns that just when you think you’ve solved the mystery, BAM! a new plot twist! The best way to describe the book is that it’s like a roller coaster, once you get started, you just can’t stop until you’ve reached the end! Overall, I would rate the book 5 out of 5 stars!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About The Author

Darlene L. Turner is an award-winning author and lives with her husband, Jeff in Ontario, Canada. Her love of suspense began when she read her first Nancy Drew book. She’s turned that passion into her writing and believes readers will be captured by her plots, inspired by her strong characters, and moved by her inspirational message. You can connect with Darlene at where there’s suspense beyond borders.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you check out this book and if you do, don’t forget to leave me a comment with your thoughts!

Happy Reading 🙂

>>>>Special thanks to Darlene L. Turner and Love Inspired Supense for allowing me to read and review this book – all views and opinions are my own.

First Line Fridays #72 – Winning the Gentleman

Hi Readers, Happy Friday! I would love to share with you my First Line Friday for today, Kristi Ann Hunter’s Winning the Gentleman! Seriously, this book is perfect for Valentines day weekend.

“After twenty-two years, Aaron Whitworth should have been aware of his closest friend’s idiocy.”

First Line of Winning the Gentleman by Kristi Ann Hunter

From the Back Cover

Aaron Whitworth hasn’t had control over most aspects of his life, but he’s always taken pride in being an honorable businessman and better-than-average horseman. When both of those claims are threatened, he makes the desperate decision to hire the horse trainer of a traveling circus as a temporary jockey for his racehorses.

Sophia Fitzroy knows that most horsemen don’t take her seriously because she’s a woman, but she can’t pass up the opportunity to get away from the tumultuous world of travel and performing. As she fights for the right to do the work she was hired for, she learns the fight for Aaron’s guarded heart might be an even more worthwhile challenge.

As secrets come to light and past vulnerabilities are confronted, will Aaron and Sophia sacrifice their former dreams and forge a new one together–against all odds?

About the Author

Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Computer Science but always knew she wanted to write. In addition to several pre-published contests, Kristi is a Rita award winner and has also been a finalist in the INSPY, Christy, and GRW Maggie Award of Excellence. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Find her online at

What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments below! 

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Happy Reading!

Proposing Mischief by Regina Jennings – Review

Hi Readers, Happy New Year!

This will be one of my last posts of 2021, but I wanted to take a moment to show you a wonderful new book that would be Perfect for your TBR pile next year. So without further ado, let me take you to the beautiful Crystal Cave that’s discovered in Proposing Mischief by Regina Jennings!

The Bookish Details

Author: Regina Jennings

Series: The Joplin Chronicles (Book 2)

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

From The Back Cover

Maisie Kentworth is being forced to stay on her parents’ ranch. After a short-lived relationship with the wrong man, she’s worried about inflaming things further between her former beau and her protective family. Left to rue her mistakes, she keeps busy exploring the idle mine at the edge of their property, where she discovers a great treasure.

Boone Bragg is also stuck. With his parents on vacation, the management of Bragg Mining falls on him, and one of his advisors wants him as a son-in-law. One wrong move, and Boone will end up either offending an associate or marrying a woman he can’t endure.

While closing up a spent mine, Boone gets two surprises. One is a spitfire farm girl who’s trespassing with a pickax, and the other is the amazing crystal cavern that she’s discovered. Suddenly Boone sees a way to overhaul the family business. With part of the cavern on Kentworth land, Boone makes Maisie a proposal that he hopes will solve all of their problems. Instead it throws Joplin into chaos, and it will take all of Maisie’s gumption to set things right

Click here for more info and to get a copy for your collection!

What Did I Think?

This is the second book in the Joplin Chronicles and although it can be read as a standalone, I would recommend reading book one (Courting Misfortune) first because it gives you insight into the short-lived relationship she had with Silas Marsh. I always like reading about the Characters that Regina Jennings creates, but I have to say that I love Maisie! She is so sweet, yet kind of Tom-boyish and I love how she isn’t afraid to say what’s on her mind (which makes for some HILARIOUS situations!!) I also loved reading about how Maisie and Boone started their marriage as a business proposal and yet, start to fall in love while wrestling with each other on the floor. Another awesome detail is the Crystal Cave that Maisie and Boone found because it was a real attraction! Regina Jennings described it in such a way that I wish I could have seen it because I feel like it would be the most remarkable sight!

Overall, this book is hilarious and was so good that I read it in one afternoon. I loved everything about it and it’s definitely going to be one I read over and over. This book was also a great reminder to me that God has a plan for each of us, even when we don’t see it and it also reminded me that when you find the person God created just for you (husband or wife), they won’t want to change you, because they love you for just the way you are. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to anyone!

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About the Author

Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a minor in history. She’s the winner of the National Readers’ Choice Award, a two-time Golden Quill finalist, and a finalist for the Oklahoma Book of the Year Award. She lives outside of Oklahoma City with her husband and four children and can be found online at

Thanks so much for hanging out with me all year. I hope that you have a wonderful new year full of new books, friends and adventures!

Happy Reading 🙂

>>Special thanks to Regina Jennings, Netgalley and Bethany House Publishers for allowing me to read and review this book – all views and opinions are my own.

First Line Fridays #71 – Christmas at the Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson

Hi Readers, Happy Friday!

Merry Christmas! I’m excited to share my Christmas book for this week which is a novella by Liz Johnson. I love novellas (especially at Christmas) and I can’t wait to share this one with you, so without further ado, let me take show you Christmas at the Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson

“Brooke Kane knew better than to venture far from home when there was a threat of a blizzard.”

First line of Christmas at the Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson.

From the Back Cover

One blizzard. Two friends. Three days to fall in love.

Lifelong islander Brooke Kane doesn’t know what to do with her college degree, her dreams, or her future, but she knows better than to venture far from home when there’s a storm brewing. But a promise to check on Rose’s Red Door Inn prompts Brooke to venture out. By the time she arrives at the inn, the snow is knee-deep and visibility almost non-existent. She settles in to spend a few days alone at the inn until a familiar figure appears at the door.

Pastor Chuck O’Flannigan has never felt like a bigger fool. So focused on his recent decision to leave Prince Edward Island, he’s caught unaware by the blizzard while on a walk. He can only see the inn’s red door, a promise of safety. But when he discovers that Brooke—the only woman who could tempt him to stay on the island—is also taking refuge there, he knows he’s in trouble.

With Christmas only three days away, Brooke is determined that they’ll celebrate—even if it’s just the two of them. Happy to play Scrooge to her Tiny Tim, Chuck wiles away his hours dreaming of a return to Ireland—praying that God may have plans for him there. After all, God seems to have forgotten him in North Rustico. But as Brooke brings Christmas to life, her joy makes him wonder if God may not have forgotten him. In fact, God may have big plans for both of them—if they can only survive Christmas at the Red Door Inn.

About the Author

By day Liz Johnson works in marketing. She finds time to write late at night and is a Christy Award finalist and a two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist. Liz makes her home in Phoenix, Arizona where she enjoys theater, exploring local history, and doting on her nieces and nephews. She loves stories of true love with happy endings. Find out more about Liz at

What are you reading this week? Have you read any Christmas books? Let me know in the comments below! 

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Happy Reading!

First Line Fridays #70 – Yuletide Abduction by Virginia Vaughan

Hi Readers, Happy Friday!

Since it’s Christmas time, I’m going to try to feature a new Christmas themed book each week, so without further ado, my First Line Friday Christmas read today is… Yuletide Abduction by Virginia Vaughan!

“She should have brought her gun.”

First line of Yuletide Abduction by Virginia Vaughan.

From the Back Cover


FBI agent Elise Richardson fears the worst when a Mississippi teen is abducted days before Christmas. But she won’t give up, especially when she learns she owes her life to the missing girl’s father. Years ago, former army ranger Josh Adams lost his brother when he died saving Elise. Though Josh resents her for the loss, she’s now his niece’s only hope. Working with the ex-soldier proves dangerous to Elise’s heart…and to her life when she closes in on what she fears is a human trafficking ring. If she’s right, Elise has only days to rescue Josh’s niece for a holiday homecoming—and to prove herself worthy of his love.

RANGERS UNDER FIRE: Nothing’s more dangerous than falling in love

About the Author

Award winning author Virginia Vaughan lives by the motto ‘It’s not hoarding if its books’. Always the kid with her nose stuck in a book, becoming a multi-published author hasn’t stopped Virginia from continuing to grow her own collection of favorite reads. Her family has refused to help her move anymore because of the sheer number boxes of books, but she’s no quitter. She’ll keep buying books and, the next time she moves, hire a moving van.

If you love stories where romance intersects danger and faith, subscribe to Virginia’s email list by clicking here and be the first to know when a new story arrives.

What are you reading this week? Do you have any Christmas books you like to read this time of year? Let me know in the comments below! 

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Happy Reading!

Deadly Target by Elizabeth Goddard – Review

Hi Readers!

I am so sorry for not posting for almost a month! It’s been rough for my family (sickness) this month, but in the world of books it has been AMAZING! There have been so many good books that have come out this month like Lights Out by Natalie Walters, A Castle For Christmas by Stephenia McGee and Dead Fall by Nancy Mehl. Another awesome book that debuted is my Must Read for today…. Deadly Target by Elizbeth Goddard! So without further ado, let’s take a look!

The Bookish Details

Book: Deadly Target

Series: Rocky Mountain Courage Book 2

Author: Elizabeth Goddard

Genre: Christian Mystery and Suspense

Release date: November 2nd 2021

From The Back Cover

Criminal psychologist Erin Larson’s dreams of a successful career come to a screeching halt when she nearly loses her own life in a boating accident on Puget Sound and then learns that her mother tried to commit suicide. She leaves her job as a criminal psychologist to care for her mother in Montana. At least she is able to produce her podcast, which focuses on solving missing persons cold cases.

Nathan Campbell’s father was investigating such a case when he was shot, and now Nathan needs to enlist Erin’s help to solve the case. She’s good at what she does. The only problem? She’s his ex.

As the two dig deeper, it becomes clear that they, too, are being targeted–and that the answers to their questions are buried deep within the past Erin struggles to explain and longs to forget.

The race is on for the truth in this gripping and complex tale of suspense, intrigue, and murder from USA Today bestselling author Elizabeth Goddard.

Here’s the link if you want more info, or you want to buy a copy for yourself – just click here!

What Did I Think?

Deadly Target kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time and it was almost impossible to put down! I loved all the plot twists and to be honest, the end was a complete surprise to me (on most mystery/suspense books, I can guess the ending, but this one kept me guessing!!). One of the parts that stood out to me was finding out why Erin did her “Missing Children” podcast. I couldn’t believe that she had been carrying around this super heavy burden (and why she wouldn’t get close to anyone) for so many years! As with all of Elizabeth Goddard’s previous books, the characters were amazing and this is definitely a book I would read over and over and I would recommend it to anyone. I will also say that even though it’s part of a series, it can be read as a standalone as well. Overall, I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About The Author

With over one million books sold, Elizabeth Goddard is the USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling, award-winning author of over fifty romance novels and counting, including the romantic mystery, The Camera Never Lies –a 2011 Carol Award winner. Four of her six Mountain Cove books have been contest finalists. Buried, Backfire and Deception are finalists in the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense, and Submerged is a Carol Award finalist.

You can sign up for her newsletter at her website: or you can connect with her on Facebook at:

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my latest Must Read! Let me know if you’ve read this book or if this is a book you would check out by leaving me a comment below.

Happy Reading! 

* Special thanks to Elizabeth Goddard, Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley for letting me read and review this book – all opinions are my own.