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Violet Dawn

Title:  Violet Dawn (Kanner Lake #1)
Author:  Brandilyn Collins
Pages:  323
Year:  2006
Publisher:  Zondervan
                This book will grab hold of you from the first chapter!  Paige Williams has had a tough time sleeping so she decides to take a dip in the hot tub on her deck along the back of the house she is renting.  She just lays back to enjoy the stars and the warm water when something brushes against her leg.  She thinks nothing of it and continues to try to relax, but it happens again.  What is in the hot tub with her?
                Paige Williams has had a very difficult childhood and teenage years.  She has left her former hometown on the run, but from whom?  What has she done that would warrant someone searching for her extensively?  She currently works at a small gift shop in town for the past month, ever since she came to Kanner Lake.  She has no friends, no family, and wants to keep it that way initially.  She does find herself longing for a best friend or a sister to share things with, but her past keeps her from reaching out to anyone.
                Paige becomes a suspect in the disappearance of a has-been celebrity as the two had a run-in at the gift shop.  Paige denies having anything to do with her disappearance, but a subsequent search of her house reveals potential implicating evidence.  Now, the police chief, Vince Edwards, has reason to believe more happened than just a kidnapping, perhaps murder has been done.  Paige appears awfully nervous when Vince talks to her.  Is she just not wanting to talk about her past or is she guilty of murder?  We see flashbacks of a young girl named Rachel and her horrendous life growing up.  How is she connected to Kanner Lake?
                There are other characters involved in the story such as a fledgling reporter trying to make a name for herself and thinks the Williams case could be the break she is looking for.  There is the couple who own the local coffee shop and their battles with finances.  The police chief himself is dealing with the grief of a son lost in war and the effects of that even on his marriage.  There also is a guy who spends most of his time in another reality of his own creation as he is writing a novel.  All of these characters are easily relatable to someone we all know at one point or another in our lives.
                This is a page-turner that will keep you glued to your seat, reading nonstop.  At the end of the story, we see Paige realizes God has given her a second chance at life, and she is going to grab hold and not let go.  Look for upcoming reviews of other books in the Kanner Lake Series right here.
                My rating is 4 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 .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at
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