The little girl she spotted outside a store in Foggy Ridge had to be Riley Jo, her long-lost sister. Abby Cummings is certain. Almost. But her family has had their hopes dashed before and quickly dismisses the idea. After all, her father and sister have been missing for five years, and are presumed dead.
Abby refuses to ignore her intuition. She and her best friend, Jay, team up to track down the child in the face of scorn and doubt from all sides. But warnings from a mysterious stranger hint at a darker story, one that might not end well unless they leave it alone.
Abby and Jay know too much to turn back, but too little to uncover the truth of what really happened. The only weapon they have is blind faith...is it enough?
The story is very well presented by Herman, as it can be difficult to write about missing people and the subsequent search for them. She drew me into the story and put me right in the middle of the action, emotion and drama. It made me feel as if I was personally responsible for finding Riley Jo and Mr. Cummings. The mysterious elements of the story really kept my attention, and I just had to know how the story ended. The characters were easy to identify with and very well developed.
My absolute favorite element in this story was the focus on faith. Abby faces so much uncertainty with the loss of her father and sister, and the questions that gnaw at her about their fate would be enough to break down even the strongest of people. When the death of a family member happens, it's hard. But harder yet is knowing that they simply vanished into thin air, never to return. Abby's faith and friendship with Jay are the only things that keep her going, and Herman clearly writes her character as someone who isn't perfect, but has faith in the One we should all put our trust in.
This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
Not By Sight is the first book in the Ozark Mountain Trilogy.
The Cummings family has lost a father and a daughter. One day they simply disappeared without a trace. For five years this family has watched and waited, trying to stay together. Abby believes that she has seen her baby sister several times over the last few years. The problem is her family and law enforcement think she is crying wolf and not dealing with her grief. When her friend Jay reveals a long kept secret, he and Abby set out on a dangerous mission that could rip her family apart.
Kate, has decided that the only way she can cope is to blame God and never to speak about her husband and daughter again. However throughout the book, we find glimpses of her true feelings, feelings that she thought were long buried, but are slowly bubbling back to the surface.
Abby's faith in God even when everything around her doesn't make sense was such an encouragement to me and Hawk and Jay who are both searching and struggling with faith. I loved watching these characters grow and finding their way to God.
This is a fresh, creative story loaded with wonderful characters as well as faith and hope in the midst of a family tragedy. This is a brand new series with brand new characters. Also her writing style is a bit different, not in a bad way though. I enjoyed this book tremendously and will be recommending it often.
Owner of Angel View Lodge located in the Ozark Mountains, Kate Cummings and her family are intensely aware of the fifth anniversary of the sudden disappearance of Micah, Kate's husband, and her youngest daughter, two-year-old Riley Jo. The two had gone fishing and never returned. Kate and Abby's older brother have lost all faith and hope in God since Micah and Riley Jo disappeared. Sixteen-year-old Abby is unable to let go of her losses, and when she encounters a little girl who strongly resenbles her little sister she is convinced that it could by Riley Jo, and proceeds to take a picture of the child with her phone. Abby believes that God has given her this sighting as a sign that her little sister may still be alive. Kate forbids her to proceed with her search, but Abby is convinced that the child is her sister. Her best friend Jay is supportive, and although danger may be imminent he assists Abby in her quest for her lost sister.
This story of extreme loss is heartwrenching, but filled with hope. Each character has a unique way of dealing with the loss of their family members, and moving forward with their lives. Kathy Herman has done a superb job of developing strong and credible characters, and the descriptive elements surrounding the resort area in the Ozark Mountains are picturesque. Hope and faith are strong currents that flow throughout this suspenseful novel. Potential readers would be wise to prepare for an adequate amount of time to read this book in its entirety. Once you begin reading you won't want to put this book down! Excellent writing!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through the For Readers Only program through The Book Fun group in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review. Thank you to Fred St Laurent and David C Cook Publishing.
Kathy Herman is a master at romantic suspense and was one of the first Christian Fiction authors that I had read in years. My first book by Kathy had me hooked. I remember thinking that if she was this good maybe Christian fiction had improved. Years before I found the character's to be totally good or totally bad - no in betweens. It was so unrealistic that I quit reading them. Kathy brought me back to Christian fiction & I can only say "THANK YOU Kathy". I'm so glad someone in the used bookstore recommended one of your books. Now, I order your books (new) as soon as they are announced. My local (independent) bookstore orders my books mostly by author's names on my list.
Riley Jo's father and little sister disappeared several years previously. The family has had their hopes shattered so many times by false leads. Riley Jo was in town and saw a little girl, that would be about her sister's age and she has to take a second look. She tells her family but they don't believe it. They had been let down too many times. When Riley Jo tells her best friend (Jay) he believes her. They start looking for clues, passing out information and asking people about the little girl. Then Riley Jo gets a message telling her to back off.
Sorry, that's all....don't want to ruin the book for you. This book would be great for young adults, preteens and adults. I haven't read a book by Kathy Herman that I didn't like. Hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
This book was given to me by BookFun.org to review. However, you can buy this book from CBD and if I were you, I would do just that.
Just when I thought everything was settling down in this mystery, low and behold, it took off again. The little girl and her father had gone missing for several years. Did he vanish with his daughter from a happy home? Why? After searching for several years, the family gave up hope. Abby and her friend, Jay, did not. Abby saw a young girl that looked like her sister. Without telling anyone, they sat out searching for her. Abby had told her mother about the little girl but her mother told her to forget it. Abby had thought this before and caused undue stress on the family. Abby knew her father would not just walk away with her little sister. He loved them too much. The book is really good. Anyone who likes a good mystery will enjoy it. Buy it!