Sophie Wittenbauer left her strict Mennonite hometown under a cloud of shame and regret. Certain she's left her post far behind her, she's now focused on her job at a newspaper and is shocked when she stumbles upon the name of someone she knew in her old life. But when she learns the man -- a prisoner -- claims a suspect from a decades-old unsolved crime is hiding out in the small town of Sanctuary, Missouri, she can't resist following the lead in hopes of furthering her career.
Almost immediately upon her arrival, Sophie's confronted with a face from her past and fears her intention of using a false identity to investigate is doomed. But with the help of Sanctuary's charismatic young pastor, Sophie knows she's getting close. Will she be able to conceal the truth of her own past long enough to find the suspect before someone puts a stop -- fatal or otherwise -- to her investigation?
This is Mehl at her absolute best. Not only is it a stunning conclusion to her Finding Sanctuary series but there's the thrill of a crossover with her earlier Road to Kingdom series. It isn't necessary to have read all the books in both series to enjoy this one -- it's just a book nerdy bonus if you have. :-)
I always felt that Sophie Wittenbauer had a story to tell and I'm so glad she nagged the author until she was given the chance to shine as the heroine of her very own book. Way to go Sophie! Such a complex character -- terribly wounded by her past, she's still held captive by those demons. But she's pushing forward, determined to overcome her shame and guilt. A professional journalist now, she's hungry for success. And that hunger is the only thing that could bring her to another small Mennonite town. Where she certainly didn't expect to run into her former secret crush. But that was a lifetime ago. Sophie's changed so much that Jonathan doesn't recognize her and it's so easy to fall into a pattern of deceit.
An impossible romance, a delicious blend of mystery/suspense and compelling secondary characters all conspire to hold a reader enthralled.
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