Blind Trust is the second in the Port Aster Series, and although I didn't read the first one-yet, I was able to follow along and enjoy the story and the characters.
The story begins with Kate paying for groceries for Verna, her elderly neighbor, and that money turning out to be counterfeit. How could that be? Certainly that sweet little old lady had nothing to do with it, but then there is a long list of suspicious characters that keep you not only turning pages, but on edge as you try to figure out what comes next. I was quite surprised to find the identity of the supposed stalker, and also kept me wondering just how much he could be trusted.
Besides the cast of cagey characters, there is the man of Kate's dreams, Tom, a detective, and she is once again front and center in one of his investigations. Although it would be nice to know more about the case spoken of, you can read and enjoy this story without knowing all the ins and outs of what came before. There is lots of gentle touches, stolen glances, and wishing going on. This part is a nice light romantic read and a nice break from the action packed read. It is a breath of fresh air, a break from the fast pace.
The ending certainly has left me anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. This was a quick read, as I could not put it down. I would stay up late as the one more chapter, just didn't cut it. Pick it up and see for yourself. I bet you won't be able to put it down either.
I was given this book by Sandra Orchard and Revell book company in exchange for an honest review.
BLIND TRUST by Sandra Orchard is an intriguing Christian Mystery set in Port Aster. #2 in the "Port Aster" series, but can be read as a stand alone. See, "Deadly Devotion". With family secrets, commercial crimes, counterfeiters, just a drop to what is to come. You don't want to miss a moment of this fast paced tale of a budding romance, danger, betrayal, and intrigue. Kate must uncover all of this small town secrets in order to be safe. But will she and her new-found romance with Detective Tom Parker survive? You must read "Blind Trust", will will not be disappointed, especially,if you enjoy small town secrets, mystery, suspense and a bit of romance. I would highly recommend. I can hardly wait for the next installment. Received for an honest review from the publisher.
*Coming in June from Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group*
Heat Rating: Sweet
Reviewed by: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
I had been anticipating the sequel to Deadly Devotion for awhile so I was very pleased to read more about Kate's amateur sleuthing adventure. Even though the story didn't grab my full attention right away, I was eager to see what happened with Kate and Tom.
The mystery and focus of the book takes off right away. Kate is shopping for her elderly neighbor when the clerk discovers the bills paid with are counterfeit ones, leading immediately to Kate getting into trouble. Tom shows up for the case and they begin their investigating.
I really wanted to find out how Verna, Kate's neighbor, is involved this time. I knew there was no way she was guilty with the counterfeiting, but as always there's more to the story than we initially see.
My favorite parts of the book were scenes with Verna, Verna's sweet cat, Tom, Tom's family, and especially Tom's dad.
Kate now has a lab assistant that I suspected from the beginning, but even she was helpful getting Kate to work on time.
I could NOT believe how many people want to sabotage Kate! Wasn't it enough that her best friend was killed in the first book? This woman just can't get a break. Even though the main plot of the story was finding who was responsible for the counterfeiting money, there were many twists and turns that I didn't see coming, whoa! It's amusing reading how Kate tries to follow Tom's instructions on safety, but somehow gets around those instructions. His patience and devotion to her is another reason I love this series.
Tom is such an amazing character and only wants to do the right thing. The right thing for him is asking God to help him, doing his job by the book, and of course protecting Kate_..she is able to get into trouble faster than you can say, "Indiana Jones." (that line is from the movie Notting Hill, let me know if you remember what scene it comes from) I was surprised she didn't listen to Tom better (he really is only out for her best interest and her protection) and I was even more surprised that it takes more than half of the book for her to really trust him. On the other hand, she has been through a lot and regardless of their chemistry, she is also just trying to do what's right.
The movie this book slightly resembles to me is The Firm. There's a company in the story that has caused so much death and destruction and seemingly has gotten away with it for the time being. If you get in their way or don't follow along, your character disappears from the picture quickly. Even the police have been killed or are unable to gather enough evidence to prosecute this company. So not cool_.
An overall GREAT book that I did get into and had no idea which characters were guilty, even though I had my own suspects in mind. It would be so nice if these people would just let Kate live her life without the element of danger, but at the same time Kate gets to discover who really loves her in the midst in investigating. Minor spoiler___.it was wonderful reading Tom and Kate's first kiss. It's obvious that he's a goner for her and it's a treat watching their relationship develop. They have both had a close friend die and trauma because of that, but it's a treat seeing them rely on one another and slowly heal.
I want to thank the author and Revell for sending me a review copy. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Sandra Orchard really stepped up the suspense with this second book in the Port Aster series. The first in the series, "Deadly Devotion," was a great, well-developed beginning to the series that laid the foundation for the three books so well that I cracked open "Blind Trust" and jumped right into the excitement without a moment of delay.
Kate Adams, amateur sleuth is caught in the middle of a case again that has nothing to do with her_or does it? She's about to find out. "Blind Trust" ends with a great cliffhanger leading into the third and final book. The back of the book gives the reader a taste of what's to come, but it's not enough, I say. Looking forward to it, Sandra!
Stand-alone titles in a fiction series seem to be all the rage. I must admit I like them but I also miss the cliff-hanger endings that leave you anxiously anticipating the next book in the series. Sandra Orchard's Port Aster Secrets has revived that tradition of waiting with baited breath on the next book to come out.
Last year, Deadly Devotion debuted and gave us a thrill ride. There was a murder. There were suspects. The chase was on. The suspect was caught, jailed, tried and convicted. Everything was tied up with a nice big bow . . . well not so fast.
From the opening pages of Blind Trust we see that what we thought was tied up has come unraveled. Charges have been dropped against the murderer. Kate Adams is livid, but she's also afraid that she will become the target again. What she doesn't suspect is the other looming threats that are surrounding her. She finds out that the people she thought that she could trust were lying to her. Her life is once again in danger but from a different source (maybe).
Detective Tom Parker continues to have his hands full keeping Kate out of harms way. The biggest obstacle to Kate's safety seems to be Kate herself. When he solves one part of the mystery it seems to only open up more questions about the crime spree that is plaguing Port Aster.
Once again we are left with more questions than answers. Usually that would drive me crazy but in this instance, the anticipation for the next novel is just delicious. The bad news . . . it doesn't come out until next year. The good news . . . we do have some answers to the questions in Deadly Devotion. But I wonder if everything is as it appears?!!
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.