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Heart Failure

Title:  Heart Failure
Author:  Richard L. Mabry, M.D.
Pages:  316
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
I’ve read all of Richard Mabry’s medical suspense/mystery novels and have found them all to be entertaining and worth readers’ time to spend engaged in some intriguing fiction.  This story features the main characters of Dr. Carrie Markham and Adam Davidson.  The setting is modern day Jameson, TX.
Carrie and Adam have only been engaged a week when the bullets start flying…literally, not figuratively.  After Adam reveals a disturbing secret to Carrie, she calls off the engagement.  She agrees to talk to him about things, but is hurt, confused and feels betrayed by him.  Adam never wanted to tell Carrie his secret, but the past has come to Texas and he must tell her the truth.  Adam only wants to protect Carrie and does all he can to keep her safe.  Carrie comes to the realization that she still loves Adam, but puts a hold on their engagement until Adam can deal with his past and clear things up.
Life-threatening situation after situation happen to Carrie and Adam.  They must sneak around, always looking over their shoulders.  They meet frequently to discuss strategies for how to deal with the increasing threats and violence and the ever-increasing list of suspects.  Will their lives ever return to normal?  Carrie had been keeping God at arm’s length after the tragic death of her first husband.  Now, she realizes she needs Him as only He controls her future.  She begins praying again and trusting in the Lord to keep her safe.  Adam has been a believer as well and learns no matter what preparations he makes, only God knows the future.
I thought this was a really good, action-packed, fast-paced story.  The medical dialogue was not so technical that readers will get bogged down with it.  There was an explanation of each medical word in laymen’s terms for ease in understanding.  Since the author is a physician himself, I feel it adds so much more depth and realism to the medical situations, which I liked.  It was encouraging to see a couple's relationship grow stronger through adversity with their dependence on God.  I can recommend this book without reservation and am looking forward to the author’s next book due in April 2014 titled, Critical Condition.  Thank you Richard for keeping your stories real and the Christian message strong!
My rating is 5 stars.
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