Gathering Shadows by Nancy Mehl

Title:  Gathering Shadows (Finding Sanctuary #1)
Author:  Nancy Mehl
Pages:  314
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Bethany House
Wynter Evans is a reporter for a local TV station.  She is sent to Sanctuary on assignment from her boss, but also because she has seen a picture of a local teenager who resembles her brother who was kidnapped 10 years ago.  She is determined to find out if this boy is really her brother and if so, how he came to be in a small Mennonite town.  Before she can pursue her quest, she needs more information and the only one who has it is her dad from whom she has been estranged.  Her dad finally meets with her and gives her much more information than she bargained for.  Then, the boy disappears.  Has she found her brother only to lose him again?  Can her relationship with her father be repaired in Sanctuary?
As Wynter investigates, she spends some time with the town mayor, Reuben King.  After only a couple of days, he declares he has feelings for her.  Can Wynter really trust this guy?  Wynter also feels like she is being watched everywhere she goes around town.  There is a cook in the local restaurant who gives her mean looks, but Wynter has no idea why.  Is he the one watching her?  Is she being followed or stalked?  She keeps getting the feeling that there are many people hiding secrets and won’t cooperate with her by giving her interviews for her TV station story.
One thing I didn’t like was the abrupt romance between Wynter and Reuben.  It just didn’t seem realistic that they fell in love so quickly.  It was as if they met, spent a little time together and then Reuben declares he loves Wynter.  However, one a positive note, I just love the character of Esther.  What a wonderful attitude toward living a life for God!  She was so gracious, hospitable and generous.  I also liked how the friendship developed between Zac and Wynter and the sense of humor and teasing between the two of them.  I enjoyed visiting the small town of Sanctuary and how two people who thought they knew themselves ended up questioning their lives and ultimately finding out who they are in the Lord.  A very good beginning to this new series and I look forward to reading the next book.
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My rating is 4 stars.

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