Not by Sight by Kathy Herman

Title: Not by Sight (Ozark Mountain Trilogy)
Author:  Kathy Herman
Pages:  402
Year:  2013
Publisher:  David C. Cook
Focused on a fictional family named Cummings, there is action laced throughout the novel.  One day a father with his youngest daughter in tow go out for time together, and then they simply disappear.  Kate the wife of Micah and mother of Hawk, Jesse, Kate and Riley Jo finds her faith as well as her life shattered.  For Kate and her grandfather Buck who lives with the family, they cling tenaciously in faith to God waiting for him to bring about the ending they all hope is a happy one.
The setting for this story takes place in the Ozark’s with the Cummings family owning a lodge which offers many different activities but above all a breath taking view.  Five years later a discovery is made that changes the present and future of the Cummings family as well as Kate’s best friend.  Jay grew up has been best friends with Kate for as long as he can remember.  When he turns 12 years old he inherits a family heirloom that while he sentimentally values there was some other desire he hoped to have fulfilled.
While some members of the Cummings family are struggling to take one day at a time with an unknown future due to the discovery Jay now knows he can no longer run away for his past.  Jay wonders if when he divulges his past, if he will still be embraced by the Cummings family more concerned that Kate would no longer want his friendship.  As the reader turns the pages the suspense thickens, the action begins to heighten the mystery behind the more than just one family’s nightmare.
For me it seemed as though characters had to choose whether to live by faith or not too which determined the peace their hearts contained.  I loved the mystery within a mystery which expands the action to include more than the reader is shown at first.  The characters can be identified with I would think by anyone who has gone through traumatic life experiences, including making each day something to be valued instead of taken for granted.
I can’t wait for book 2 of this series to be released to see how the lives of the various players come to certain conclusions.  Romances are just beginning to bloom, the holidays in the story are approaching and the future is brighter than it has been in years.  I found myself not wanting to take a break from reading because I wanted to see how things were going to turn out in the novel.  I think readers will thoroughly enjoy the suspense, mystery, romance and faith filled novel Not by Sight.
My rating is 5 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at

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