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Review of Memory of Murder


Title:  Memory of Murder
Author:  Ramona Richards
Pages:  215
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Love Inspired
                Gotcha!  That’s what this book will do from beginning to end.  It may be small, but it packs a lot into each page.  The story is set in contemporary Tennessee in a small town of Bell’s Springs.  The main characters in the story are Lindsey Presley and Jeff Gage.  Lindsey has just reunited with her two sisters after being separated for about 10 years.  She has moved to Bell’s Springs to open and restaurant and be close to them.
                Jeff works as a deputy for the sheriff’s department and part of his job is escorting the owner of a newly opened café to the bank each evening to make a deposit.  He has been doing this for about six months, and over the course of this time, a friendship has developed.  He admires her strength, work ethic, and determination.  Could this lead to a deeper relationship?  Does he want it to proceed further?  His parents both have cancer so he lives in an apartment over his parent’s garage.  Would Lindsey even be interested in someone like him?  Jeff is admired because of his love of his community, willingness to help others without expectation of anything in return, and dedication to protect and see justice prevail.
                Lindsey owns a small café.  It has been her dream to open a restaurant for quite some time.  Her dream is just taking off when her past returns with a vengeance.  She is used to relying on herself, so when Jeff intervenes on her behalf, she wonders why.  Could he be interested in more than friendship?  She realizes that he has found a place in her life and heart whether she thinks the timing is right or not.  She trusts him and believes in him.  She has a strong faith instilled by her mother, and Lindsey has relied on God to see her through some very tough times.  Will she remember that He is where her focus needs to be and not on her dream or on success?  Can she be still and accept God’s answer to wait?
                As the suspense built through different scenarios, I couldn’t put the book down.  The characters were believable and their situations evident in reality around us today.  The battle of continuing to trust in God even when we think He is silent is so well-portrayed in the storyline.  This was my first book by Ramona Richards, but it won’t be my last.  She is a talented author and her books are keepers!
                My rating is 5 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457

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