Just finished "Shadow In Serenity". I have read all of Terri's police procedural novels and have never felt any sympathy for the bad guys. I never thought a crook could steal my heart but Logan Brisco did exactly that! I was so glad he came to know Jesus and gave up his criminal lifestyle. I was rooting for him and Carny throughout the entire book!
My favorite musical is "The Music Man" and this was a PERFECT dead-on modern day update to a classic heartwarmer. The scenes with Carny and her parents had me laughing out loud! And I loved Carny's feisty lifestyle of flying and riding her Harley...as a lover of roller coasters, I can relate to the adrenaline rush! Congratulations, Terri, on writing a first class novel that shows that no one is out of the reach of God's love. I am also eagerly waiting for "Downfall", as I have been rooting for Barbara and Kent as well!
Terri Blackstock is a writer whose work often moves me deeply (sometimes to the point of tears). This book, Shadow in Serenity, is no exception. From the first of the book until the last page I was mesmerized. The writing is tight and compelling, the characters are well developed, the setting is well described. I couldn't stop reading it and, though I had figured out the ending (well, mostly) by about half way through, I was enjoying it so much that it didn't really matter.
The main male character, Logan, is a con artist who has never known love; the main female character, Carny, is a former con artist who has discovered the best love of all isn't found in a man but in God. Though romance plays a part in the development of the book (more towards the end), it isn't a classic romance story; though mystery is involved, this is not a "whodunit". Rather it's a story about forgiveness, brokenness, repentance and redemption. Everything in the story points to God and His ability to bring people to repentance and change lives so that a life once lived in vain is now lived in His service. That's what I love about Terri's books: the focus is always on God; everything else is secondary. Shadow in Serenity is no exception.
My overall take: if you want a good, exciting read that focuses you on truth, this is the book to read. I rate it five stars.
DISCLAIMER: I was provided with a free copy of this book by Zondervan for purposes of review. I was not required to give a positive review, only an honest and fair one. My opinions are my own.
I somewhat enjoyed reading this book but it is not my favorite by this author. The main reason is that the 7 year old boy is such an unbelievable character. In this book he acts and talks and reasons like an adult. I'm not sure why she would develop this character in this way. It kind of spoiled the book for me.
"Shadow in Serenity" is a beautiful story of forgiveness and redemptionâ€”and of learning to trust God's power to forgive and redeem. This story touched my heart.
Carny Sullivan is a single mom, a widow, raising her son in the safe, small town she fell in love with when she fell in love with her husband. Having grown up in a carnival environment with two con artists for parents, Carny treasures stability, security, and honesty.
When Logan Briscoe comes to town offering a deal too good to be true, Carny knows right away it's a scam. But, in the town's desperation for economic improvement, no one will believe her. Carny must find a way to prove that Logan is a fraud before he forever disappears with the life savings of all her friends.
At the end of the book, author Terri Blackstock shares the story of how God led her from writing for the secular romance market to writing Christian novels. "Shadow in Serenity" was originally published under a different title for the secular world. Blackstock has reworked itâ€”and redeemed it, so to speakâ€”giving a beautiful, and true, message to a great story.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review. I'm happy to recommend it to you.
Terri Blackstock stands at the top of my list as favorite writers. She can pull you into a story with the first sentence. I have read almost every book she has written and I have just finished, Shadow In Serenity. Now, I don't want to give anything away, but Serenity is a quaint town filled with sweetness and pure hearted people. In fact, Serenity is the perfect place to find that peace of heart your longing for. That is what drew, Carny Sullivan, there. Carny came to town with a past and found redemption. Life was not easy for her, but she doesn't feel pity for herself. She is a humble woman who fell in love with the Lord and life was never the same for her.
I love this title! There is a shadow. You would think it would be a person, but for me, it means the shadow of our past that seems to follow us. In this case we meet, Logan Brisco. He is a whirlwind and a con. You would think people could see right through him, but they just seem to look past the shadow and believe. Wow, isn't that what the Lord does for us? He sees our heart and knows us like no other. He is willing to leave the shadows behind and allow us to walk in His light filled presence.
I found myself reading and thought, "Okay, how can these people believe this guy so easy?" But there are times we only see what we want to see. We fall into temptation so easily. If it looks good and it can bring us wealth, well, bring it on! I found myself wondering if these people were gullible or they just wanted to believe and give this guy a chance. Isn't that what we are all looking for?
Carny spots Logan for what he is. A con. But there is so much more to this story. She sees herself in him. Just a few years back that was her. We see hope come alive. Trust build and redemption take place in a small town called Serenity. That is what can take place in our heart once we get past the shadows.
I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy read and the movement just seems to flow as it does in all of Terri Blackstock's books. If your new to Terri Blackstock once you pick up one of her books she will soon be in your top favorite list too!
This book was a gift from Zondervan for it's review.