Monday, April 20, 2020

Silent Shadows by Natalie Walters - REVIEWED

About the Book:
They're running from their pasts into an unknown future.
But first, they'll have to survive the present.

Nurse Pecca Gallegos moved to the tiny town of Walton, Georgia, to protect her son and escape the dangerous lifestyle that once defined her. When a series of strange circumstances evolves into threats, Pecca finds herself confiding in an unlikely ally--her stubborn patient.

Army veteran Colton Crawford is desperate to recover from the disorder that is ruining his life, and his instincts are on high alert when threats against his nurse and her son force him to take action. But Colton's involvement only ramps up the danger when he uncovers a family secret revealing that whoever is after Pecca is closer--and more deadly--than they realized.

Welcome back to Walton, Georgia, where everyone knows your name--but no one knows your secret.

About the Author:
Natalie Walters is the author of Living Lies and Deadly Deceit. A military wife of 22 years, she currently resides in Hawaii with her soldier husband and their three kids. She writes full-time and has been published in Proverbs 31 magazine and has blogged for Guideposts online. In addition to balancing life as a military spouse, mom, and writer, she loves connecting on social media, sharing her love of books, cooking, and traveling. Natalie comes from a long line of military and law enforcement veterans and is passionate about supporting them through volunteer work, races, and writing stories that affirm no one is defined by their past. Learn more at

My Thoughts:
Secrets are easy to keep - until they're not.  Pecca Gallegos and her son, Maceo have become an integral part of the community in Walton, Georgia.  Pecca's job as a physical therapist at the local veteran's rehab facility, Home for Heroes, provides the structure and security - and anonymity  - Pecca needs to raise her son.  When Army veteran, Colton Cawford, becomes her patient, Pecca discovers that keeping her feelings under wraps becomes an unexpected challenge as she gets to know her patient.  Her co-workers only seem to encourage the relationship as both Pecca and her son become an almost daily part of Colton's life.

Life takes a sudden u-turn when gun shots ring out of the shadows.  Those shots open the gate way to Pecca's past, and secrets come to light that ensure nothing but unknown circumstances and danger in what had become the safest place of her life.  As Pecca begins to navigate the task of both keeping her son safe and guarding her heart against growing feelings for Colton, Captain Crawford has to struggle to overcome the trauma lurking in his own past that keeps his mind and body hi-jacked by uncontrolled movement.

This story has multi-layered plot lines that will appeal to a broad range of readers.  There is romance, suspense, difficult emotions, trauma, and a multitude or surprises hidden along the way!  Truth grapples to come to the surface against a constant stream of efforts to protect people from being hurt both physically and emotionally.  The characters in this novel - even the minor characters - are believable and very likable.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my time within the pages of this novel, and am very excited to recommend it to everyone!