Jesus calls His followers to be lights in the midst of darkness. If you’ve ever been to (or thought of going to an ABA book conference), the darkness is rampant.
During the first week of May, I got to hang with other readers at the RT Booklovers’ Convention in Atlanta, GA. This convention moves every year, and in 2018 it will be in Reno, NV. But despite the ever-changing city, the crowds flock to this convention for the parties and opportunities to meet with their favorite authors.
I’m by no means an expert at book conventions but this was my second RT (I went to Vegas for my first RT in 2016) and I thought I’d pass along some tips and hints to make the trip more enjoyable and worthwhile.
And if you hang with me until the end of the post, I’m doing a BIG giveaway for fans of Christian fiction (with multiple winners)!! Believe me, you’ll want to stick around and enter!!
I belong to a few book reviewer/reader groups on Facebook. Often someone will ask for suggestions for authors in certain genres and when someone asked for good romantic suspense reads, Lynette Eason’s name came up a few times. I have never read a book by this author so when I saw Nowhere to Turn on a list of books available for review, I decided I’d check out this author.
Danielle (Dani) Harding and her son have lived in fear for twelve years. When her abusive husband is killed the same day she plans to run from his son, Dani and Simon are relieved and ready to live in quiet safety. Little does Dani know the danger has just begun. Someone shoots at her in her friend’s house so she turns to Operation Refuge–an organization that helps people in trouble. Adam Buchanan is determined to both protect Dani and her son and prove to them he will never hurt them. As the team and Dani fight to figure out who is after Dani, they unearth many hidden secrets in the local FBI office, and Dani has to fight for her and her son’s lives.
As a reader, I was immediately pulled into this story. The book opens with Dani as she prepares to run away, and her fear bleeds off the page. But there are so many players in this twisted web of deceipt, it’s hard to keep track of who is who for the first quarter of the book. While I enjoy a book from two perspectives (even three if it’s suspense and we’re getting the point of view of the villain), this particular book had too much going on for me. Since it is the first book I’ve read from this author, I don’t know whether this is her usual MO in writing so I’ll most definitely give her another chance. The thing that saved the book for me was the fact that there were a couple of times she took me by surprise and something happened I didn’t expect. If you like a virtual chess game where each person has their own place in setting up the story, you may enjoy this book but if you’re more apt to prefer to leave the mental gymnastics while reading, you may want to consider picking up a different book.
****Revell provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review.