Spies, intrigue, and suspense are long time favorites of readers. There's nothing else quite like sitting in a comfy chair snuggled before the fireplace with a tale of mystery and suspense in your hands---especially on a rainy, stormy day. Here are three such stories that are the perfect thing for these days of spring showers.
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I read a lot of books. Most, but not all, are targeted for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some I like. Some are a silly waste of time. The ones I review for this column are the ones I enjoy enough to recommend to others. Once in awhile I find a book I think is particularly exceptional. These two memorable, top notch books are a couple of my personal faves!
Carolyn Twede Frank has written a rugged, yet touching Western set in Colorado during the late 1800s. Saving Susannah Jones is a tribute to the men and women who faced what appeared to be insurmountable odds only to reach deep inside themselves and push on.
Suspense readers will especially enjoy this trio of novels written by three top writers, Julie Coulter Bellon, Kathi Oram Peterson and Julie Daines. Second Look is contemporary, Bloodline begins with the death and mystery left behind by a medieval queen, and From Ash and Stone takes the reader back almost four centuries. All three are well written, carefully researched "stay up all night reading" books.
'Healing Hearts' by Sarah M. Eden and 'White Out' by Brett Cain are outstanding novels that will touch hearts and invite introspection. They focus on different time periods. Eden's novel is told from a woman's point of view and is classified as an Historical, while Cain's a man's point of view and is Contemporary Mystery/Suspense.
The few Westerns such as Sarah Eden's 'Hope Springs' and 'Savage Wells' series that have drawn wide attention in recent years were more often classified as Historical, Pioneer fiction, or even Romances. But Kate Palmer has gone a step further in creating Contemporary Westerns with all of the horses, cowboys, outlaws, cattle, vast tracts of land, and small town sheriffs of the Old West updated to the present time.