Friday, June 21, 2013

Carolina Reckoning by Lisa Carter

book review of Carolina Reckoning by Lisa Carter (Abingdon Press) by papertapepins

Alison wanted her cheating husband gone, not dead...

When 30-something housewife, Alison Monaghan discovers proof of her husband's infidelity in a photograph with a mysterious woman, she must decide how to confront Frank when he returns home from work. Despite the influence of her best friend Valerie, a strong Christian, Alison remains aloof from God and is determined to handle this crisis her own way. But Alison may not get that chance. Frank never makes it home. Soon his body is found on a lonely back-country road in antebellum Weathersby Historic Park where Frank served on the board of directors and where Alison, with a degree in landscape design, was a volunteer garden docent. Homicide detective Mike Barefoot, a Cherokee native from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, immediately puts Alison at the top of his suspect list. He finds himself drawn to her--and not just because she had motive for the crime. As an army veteran, Mike usually keeps his emotional walls high. And as a detective, he knows not to get involved with murder suspects. So why he is so attracted to Alison? Can he fight his feelings for her--and the stirrings in his heart toward God?

This author is new to me and I really enjoyed this book. It took a couple chapters for me to really get into it but then I was hooked. There are some really colourful characters that add fun to the sometimes intense storyline. All of the characters have flaws and shortcomings, and Mike's character in particular does not always say or do what you'd expect the 'love interest' to. That also adds humour, and makes things a little more realistic. Mike is a bit of a redneck from the mountains, not Mr. Sensitive, but his heart is in the right place.

Even though I struggled with it in the beginning, and certain outcomes seemed a little over the top, all in all it was a good read that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys romantic suspense. The story moves along at a good pace and the characters are interesting and a little different.

I received this book from Netgalley and Abingdon Press for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own. Thank you Abingdon Press.

About the Author

Lisa Carter is the author of Carolina Reckoning and Aloha Rose,/i>, and a writer and teacher whose articles have appeared in FamilyFun, Thriving Family, MomSense, and Christian Parenting Today. She is a frequent speaker and vocalist at women’s ministry events and has taught at the collegiate, high school, and middle school levels. Lisa is a member of ACFW, RWA and Sisters in Crime. When she isn't writing, Lisa enjoys traveling, quilting, and researching her next romantic adventure. She and her husband have two daughters and make their home in Raleigh, North Carolina. Visit her online at

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