Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hidden in the Stars by Robin Caroll - REVIEWED

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Hidden in the Stars
Abingdon Press (September 16, 2014)
Robin Caroll


Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin Caroll is a southerner through and through. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others. Robin’s mother, bless her heart, is a genealogist who instilled in Robin the deep love of family and pride of heritage—two aspects Robin weaves into each of her books.

When she isn’t writing, Robin spends time with her husband of twenty-plus years, her 3 beautiful daughters, 2 precious grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home—in the South, where else?


Following an attack that killed her mother and stole her ability to speak, 21-year-old Sophia Montgomery has no choice but to accept her estranged grandmother’s offer to return to their family home. Although detective Julian Frazier is working hard on the case, Sophia unknowingly frustrates him because her inability to speak thwarts her eyewitness evidence. The fact that Julian is undeniably attracted to Sophia doesn’t help either, so Julian hides his feelings as concern for a trauma victim and focuses instead on finding the killer.

Little do they know, the clues to solving the case may be right in front of them, displayed in Sophia’s mother’s “special” quilt design. Who will realize the secret Sophia’s unwittingly been hiding in plain sight? When the truth comes to light, will Sophia find her voice again? Or will the murderer—still at large—silence her forever?

My Thoughts:  ( and a gush warning! )
There has to be something we’re missing.”  (p. 49)
Julian really said a mouthful when he uttered these words!!  When I saw Robin Caroll’s name on the cover of a Quilts of Love novel, I admit, I was confused!  How on earth would she ever showcase her thrill-ride suspense and incorporate a quilt and a romance besides?  Oh man!  I should have never doubted her skill set!!  At all!

Russian ballet dancers, young, careless love, jealousy, blackmail – even murder!  AND on top of all of that, the gospel is plainly and very naturally woven into a couple of scenes!!  The faith element is very authentic and realistically woven into the story line! No preachy interruptions here!  Just an ever increasing fast- paced plot that gets more convoluted with every turn of the page!!  Robin is brilliant! No doubt about it!

And a quilt? How in the world does a quilt figure into this plot?? You will love it!!  So unexpected and so subtle!  This I never saw coming!  You won’t either! That’s what makes this so brilliant!  Robin adds a stellar addition of romantic suspense to this already stellar series!  You don’t want to miss Hidden in the Stars!  Trust me!

If you would like to read the first chapter of Hidden in the Stars, go HERE.

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