Miss Match, Allie Fortune Mystery Series #2   -     By: Sara Mills
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Miss Match, Allie Fortune Mystery Series #2

Moody Publishers / 2009 / Paperback

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FBI agent Jack O'Connor receives a letter from Maggie, a woman he used to love, saying she's in trouble in Berlin. The FBI refuses to get involved, so Jack asks Allie Fortune to help him investigate. Allie and Jack pose as a missionary couple who want to bring orphans back to the United States.

A child finds important documents that everyone in the city - Soviets and allies alike - want for themselves. Maggie refuses to tell Jack what the documents are, saying if things go wrong, they are better off not knowing. Through the course of the search, Allie's past is brought back to her, half a world away from home.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 250
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0802469272
ISBN-13: 9780802469274
Availability: In Stock
Series: Allie Fortune Mystery

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Publisher's Description

This series takes place in the 1940's, and the motivating factor is the relationship of the main character, Allie Fortune, with a man who may or may not be dead. She fell in love with him before he went off to fight in WWII, and perhaps even worse, before she realized she loved him. Now he has disappeared and she can't move on with her life, romantically at least. Meanwhile, she has become a private investigator and has developed a stellar reputation in the business. 

As Miss Fortune came to an end, Allie had learned that her old flame was indeed still alive but missing, somewhere in Europe. Meanwhile, she has become good friends with an attractive, single FBI agent (Jack O'Connor), complicating the situation.

Jack O'Connor receives a letter from Maggie, a woman he used to love, saying she's in trouble in Berlin. The FBI refuses to get involved, so Jack asks Allie Fortune to help him investigate. Allie and Jack pose as a missionary couple who want to bring orphans back to the United States. A child finds important documents that everyone in the city--Soviets and allies alike--want for themselves. Maggie refuses to tell Jack what the documents are, saying if things go wrong, they are better off not knowing. Through the course of the search, Allie's past is brought back to her, half a world away from home.

Author Bio

SARA MILLS is author of Miss Match and Miss Fortune. She lives with her three children on a ranch in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies.

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Sara Mills cleverly matches up suspense, romance, and Christian themes in her book Miss Match, as her characters struggle to find a way out of Berlin in the 1940’s. It is the era of World War II, and Private Investigator Allie Fortune must help her friend, Jack, find a way in and out of Berlin to save a past acquaintance of his, Maggie, and her adopted child, Greta.

As Allie and Jack leave behind everything familiar to them, including their jobs, they must put their trust in God, asking His help in saving the woman Jack once loved and still loves. Once they reach Berlin, they discover that authorities are looking for Maggie and her child everywhere; the two are wanted for murder. Meanwhile, Allie has a few things of her own to discover. Her bothersome mother – who for the past several years has tried to match Allie with various men in hopes of her marrying – has hired Allie to return a valuable item to a mysterious man in Berlin. Matching also has a lot to do with this suspenseful story, as Allie slowly helps Jack reestablish his relationship with Maggie and as Allie struggles with her love for the man she hasn’t seen in years, David. Just when she has the courage to let go of her search for David, an unexpected twist brings him back into her life.

Christians will relate to Mills’ characters. Allie, Maggie, and Jack all refer to God in times of trouble (“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” 1 Peter 5:7). Readers never gain a full sense of Jack’s Christian beliefs, since Mills never tells the story from his point of view, but his actions reflect the Christian worldview as he gives up everything for the people he loves. Specific Christian references do not appear until about a third of the way into the book, but once they do appear it becomes clear that Allie and Maggie are two Christians searching for meaning in their lives.

Mills affectively describes the desperate situation of Berlin, furthering both Allie and Maggie’s need for trusting in God’s plan. The people in Berlin are so deprived that they can’t imagine life without hunger. Chocolate bars are black market items that Allie and Jack use to barter for information. Maggie hides with Greta in a closed off room in “an apartment building very much like the ones she’d warned us to stay away from for fear of being caught under a collapse” (p. 105). Allie describes the room, referring to its “suffocating darkness” (p. 131). Rubble is everywhere in the streets, and Maggie warns her friends to stay away from certain buildings, “a whisper away from falling down entirely” (p. 159), that may collapse and kill anyone nearby. Maggie tells Allie and Jack that Greta has seen her share of dead bodies. Among this “city made up entirely of shades of grey” (p. 211), Mills’ characters constantly pray, looking to God for help. In order to get out of Berlin alive, they will have to ask, seek, and find. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7).

Readers find the heart of the story in Maggie’s search for a God-given purpose. Almost every time the story is told from her eyes, the reader learns something new about Maggie’s difficult past. As she faces her past, she must learn to accept God’s forgiveness and to trust in His will. She looks back to the time she spent as an army nurse as proof of God’s protection and recalls a meeting with a stranger who changed her life forever. “God, forgiveness, and hope is what we’re all looking for,” the stranger tells her.

Every single one of us. We wander around like blind men in a small room, bumping into people, bouncing off each other, trying to find those pieces that fit inside the deepest parts of us, the parts that cry out for something more, something eternal, something that matters. And we’re all disappointed, because people can’t fill those parts, they’re not made to. Only God can. He fills it with His love and with His forgiveness. And in those quiet moments when you can almost grasp it, almost understand what your own soul is crying out for, it’s in those moments that God is calling out to you.” (p. 250)

Maggie’s past and the various plot twists provide for a suspenseful mystery. The second of what will hopefully be many more books to come, Miss Match treats the readers to a pairing of beautiful imagery and plot. Mills makes it easy for readers to pick up what they missed in the first book (Miss Fortune). Throughout the book, she switches between first person from Allie’s point of view and third person describing Maggie’s point of view, allowing readers to experience the horror of Berlin from both the newcomer’s and the resident’s points of view. Mills’ use of narration attaches readers to the characters, leaving an impression on their minds. When Allie’s character narrates, the story is told in the familiar private-eye style, making the novel a comfortable read, especially for those who are already fans of the mystery/suspense genre. No matter what genre readers enjoy most, they will find something they like in Miss Match. Mills is a wonderful storyteller, and as she brings her to novel to a cliff-hanger closing, she leaves readers begging for the next book in the series. – Harmony Wheeler, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 18, 2009
    I Love HIM
    """This is-not a Spoiler!""" Sara Mill has found a fabulous nix in the "Allie Fortune Mystery Series" I've read both and can't wait for the next book. Filled with Intrigue and Suspense. Sara's 2nd Book "Miss Match" brings us into a world we'd never enter alone. My husband has enjoyed this series as well. Both part 1 and 2 follow the same time-line, but are interesting once these uncover two separate stories in this series. I'm eagerly, anxiously waiting for the next book to follow... Applause- Sara Mills. Excellent Read!
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 27, 2009
    Sharon Mcmills
    Oh, you who read Miss Match are going to love it. You who don't, are really missing out. I couldn't put it down. Sara Mills you are a gifted story teller. Please, Sara don't make us wait to long for the next book in the Allie Fortune Mystery Series.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 14, 2009
    Roseanna White
    Miss Match is a good book with an absolutely fabulous ending. The pages sped by all through it, but in the last chunk of chapters, I bit my nails, raced across the paragraphs, and literally let out a squeak of protest when I flipped the last page. No! I cried out. I need more! More, I tell you! Sara Mills delivered a perfect cliffhanger ending that guarantees her readers will eagerly await the next installment of the Allie Fortune Mystery serieswhich is certain to satisfy us concerning Allie and her long-lost David.The story is fast-paced and involving, the characters deep and personal, and the result is a novel that isnt to be missed. Full of adventure, family secrets, and a few twists that will leave you breathless, Miss Match is a stellar sequel to Mills debut Miss Fortune. The book stands on its own when it comes to story, but if you want the full scope of the characters depth, definitely pick up Miss Fortune firstthe history you get from the first will make the second all the more suspenseful. And youll be tapping your foot along with me, waiting for the third!
  4. Indiana
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    March 24, 2009
    Cara Putman
    Indiana
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    I love this book and this series. Frankly, I wish I'd come up with it! Allie Fortune refuses to be called Miss Fortune; instead she is known around NYC in 1947 as the PI Princess. Likely the only female private investigator in the city she has a penchant for finding cases that involve intrigue and suspense.In this book Allie is swept into international intrigue as she travels to Berlin to help a friend find an old flame. The book's pacing is fast and kept the pages flipping -- I read it in one morning!One warning, if you have to read a series in quick succession because you hate not knowing out it ends, dont read book two yet. Miss Fortune is a delightful read on its own. However, Miss Match ends quite abruptly and left me emailing the author to know when book three releases. I may have to beg for a copy of the manuscript because I have to know what happens!
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 16, 2009
    Bethany Beck
    I was so excited about reading this second book to the Allie Fortune Mystery series. The story is gripping and exciting, and the background story of Jack and Maggie is touching, just like it was with Allie and David in the first book. Sara Mills does an excellent job with her Miss Match, and I liked how she brought more of God into the story than she did in Miss Fortune. I am eagerly waiting for the third book to come out!
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