Shadows of the Past

Title:  Shadows of the Past (Logan Point #1)
Author:  Patricia Bradley
Pages:  346
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Revell
I’ve got a new author to add to my “must read” collection in Patricia Bradley.  This is the first novel in the series with the second book due to be released in the fall of 2014 titled, A Promise to Protect.  The majority of this book takes place around the Mississippi and Tennessee border in modern time.
On the outside, Nick Sinclair looks good, appears successful and to have it all together, but in reality he is still reeling from his wife’s murder two years ago and desperately trying to locate his wayward brother.  When he meets Taylor Martin, they both are looking for his brother, but for different reasons.  She thinks his brother is stalking her, but Nick knows his brother would never hurt anyone.  His brother has alcohol and drug problems, but has never been violent.  However, Nick hasn’t seen his brother in two years.  Could Scott have changed that much?  Is Nick ready to let a new woman into his heart?  Is this the woman God wants in his life as a new wife maybe?
Taylor Martin works at a small college teaching victimology and criminal profiling.  She has worked with the FBI before and is one of the country’s best at what she does.  At first the little gifts she received, she brushed off as a student crush.  Then, she got the black roses and pictures and soon things escalated.  Who wants her dead?  Her nightmares begin again.  She has flashbacks in her dreams of the day her father left and never returned.  His disappearance has haunted her since that day.  Where is her father?  How could he leave her at the tender age of nine?  She has rejection phobia and her track record with relationships with men, though very few, is dismal.  Can she trust Nick?  She is determined to end her nightmares and face her fear, but to do so she must find out what happened to her father.  She must learn also to trust the God who she thinks has rejected her also by not answering her prayer to bring her father home.
There is great tension, suspense and mystery in this story.  I thought the characters were well-developed and realistic; I could relate to their feelings and emotions.  The intensity of the romance might have been a bit quick for my taste, but it didn’t detract from the story.  The action will keep readers glued to their seats until the end.  I can’t wait for the next book in the series!  I read this in a day as I was so absorbed in the plot.  I can definitely recommend and encourage readers to get a copy in jump right in!
My rating is 5 stars.

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