I realize this was a re-write of an early book by Terri Blackstock. I must say I like her recent book better because I do enjoy the intrigue of them. It was still pretty good but I wouldn't strongly recommend it to a friend like I have more recent books. Still love to read her books and will continue to purchase them
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.