Thursday, March 1, 2012

Ruby Dawn by Raquel Byrnes - REVEIWED

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Ruby Dawn

White Rose Publishing (January 27, 2012)


Raquel Byrnes


Raquel married her college sweetheart seventeen years ago and you can still find them spending time together chatting over a cup of coffee like when they were first dating.

Her husband is her biggest fan and most ardent supporter. He encourages her to take time for writing as often as he can. He regularly gives her gift cards to her favorite coffee house so that she can go there to write and relax.

He has been known to whip up his famous chicken quesadillas complete with guacamole and brownies for dessert.

Raquel has written books for more than a decade. She loves to do research and has taken private detective courses, gun classes, and underground tours to get every detail right for her novels. She writes romantic suspense with an edge-of-your-seat pace. Stories filled with faith, love, and adventure.

In 2009 she signed with agent, Terry Burns, at Hartline Literary. Terry worked to get her Shades of Hope series sold and in 2010, White Rose Publishing purchased the three-book series.


A painful past. A love returns A desperate plan.

Former street kid, Ruby now reaches out to runaways through her medical clinic in the worst part of the city, but her escalating battle with a gang leader puts that in jeopardy.

Cavalier, a risk-taker, charming… Ruby’s first love is now on the right side of the law and the center of a dangerous DEA sting involving her clinic. Tom’s disappearance ten years ago broke her heart and rattled her faith. As their romance relights, memories of what it costs to love him flood her with fear.

Ruby’s battle with the gang ignites a firestorm of danger, and a pattern of lies from within her own camp emerges. With Tom’s life in the balance and her world cast in shadows, can Ruby trust God as she once did…or has she strayed too far, for too long to ever return?

My Thoughts:

"Shelia used to tell me that sometimes you have to trust in God dispite what things look like at the moment. I just think we're in that have to have faith." (p. 16)

Truer words have never been spoken, and the test of faith that comes to the life of Ruby Dawn comes fast and furious in Raquel Byrnes' lastest novel! Where oh where has this author been hiding?! I have a NEW suspense author to add to my favorite list!! Ruby Dawn is Byrnes second novel, but I am hooked!! The blend of gritty characters trying to find their way back to faith and relationship, the chilling depravity of the "bad guys", a romantic thread that makes your heart race and ache at the same time...this story is a perfect blend of all of my favorite elements!! The writing is tight, the conversations real and honest, and the spiritual struggle to trust God's plan is raw and realistic. In other words, I am HOOKED on Byrnes' novels! (sorry, I said that already) If you enjoy suspense, romance, thrills and danger with a realistic spritual struggle - look no further! I highly recommend this book!

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If you would like to read the first chapter of Ruby Dawn, go HERE.

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