Friday, May 23, 2014

Gathering Shadows by Nancy Mehl - REVIEWED

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Gathering Shadows
Bethany House Publishers (May 6, 2014)
Nancy Mehl


Nancy Mehl lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband Norman and their dog, Watson. She’s authored thirteen books and is currently at work on her newest series for Bethany House Publishing.

All of Nancy’s novels have an added touch – something for your spirit as well as your soul. “I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing,” Nancy says. “It’s a part of me and of everything I think or do. God is number one in my life. I wouldn’t be writing at all if I didn’t believe that this is what He’s called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan especially for your life, and there is nothing you can’t overcome with His help.”

She and her husband attend Believer’s Tabernacle in Wichita.


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. If you'd like to read the first chapter of Gathering Shadows, go HERE.

My Thoughts:
Denying it won’t work.”  (p. 63)

There is a lot of duplicity in Nancy Mehl’s latest novel, Gathering Shadows!  The funny thing is, the main characters are reporters looking for the truth!  They can detect it when others try to deceive them, but they are talented in hiding their own secrets.  So you will have to really pay attention as you read, because not all is as it seems!

Honestly, this book was totally different from what I expected.  It was a good read, and Wytner , Zac and Reuben are a compelling set of characters to build a story around.  Nancy even manages to stir in some romance amid the suspense!  But whether or not both parties will make it to the end of the novel remains questionable!  And who would ever guess the underlying issue buried deep beneath the false identities?!  AND there was even deception perpetrated by one of the Mennonite families, so be prepared to have things shaken up a bit as you read!

Nancy Mehl has written a taut novel, and it is surely going to be entertaining to anyone who enjoys suspense!  Another home run here!

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