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Book Review: AFTERMATH

BOOK BY: Terri Blackstock

A page-turning, nail-biting, who done it new release from Terri Blackstock will have readers hooked until the final page.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and I can’t believe this is the first suspense I’ve read by this author!

Terri Blackstock is a talented writer who keeps readers guessing until the very end.

A victim of a stadium bombing copes with the trauma of leaving her friends behind to rescue herself. An innocent veteran is accused of the attack. A criminal defence lawyer who knows the accused. A best friend and wife’s last hope is an experimental treatment. All of these characters have something to prove and their paths will twist, turn and cross in so many different ways it may leave your brain spinning.

Descriptions of the bombing, post-traumatic stress, and the struggle with cancer and experimental treatments are detailed and create empathy toward the victims and their families. There’s a beautiful faith thread that ties two of the characters together, bringing about forgiveness and restoration into each of their lives.

An excellent read that I didn’t want to put down.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Net Galley. All opinions expressed are my own.

The Christmas Table

BOOK REVIEW

BOOK BY: Donna Van Liere

This is another Christmas story that takes us to Glory’s Place and the colourful cast of characters readers have been introduced to in previous novels. It does help to read earlier novels as there are so many characters now it may be a bit confusing for readers unfamiliar with Ms. Van Liere’s books.

I loved how this novel connected two different time periods – 1972 and 2012. I quite enjoy reading time slip novels so this was definitely a treat.

This story picks up with Lauren and Travis setting up house after their wedding. Lauren purchases a refinished table and discovers recipe cards tucked inside a secret drawer. Never having cooked much or memories of family dinners around the table, Lauren is determined to start now before little ones arrive.

In 1972 we see the love and dedication that went into crafting the walnut table and the tragedy that surrounded the young family who built it.

What I found a challenge was to read both stories in present tense as if it was happening RIGHT NOW. It was a bit jarring at first, but after a while I got used to it.

There are characters to love and moments to cry along with them. But, it is a Christmas story so there is a happy (or at least satisfying) ending.

This story has all the feels.

I received an ecopy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

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