Author: Donn Taylor
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Donn Taylor brings to his audience a captivating mystery set in a small town named Beneficent in the mid-1940s and early 50s. A widower working for a chemical company moves into town with his grown daughter to oversee the building of plant. Stephen and Lisa Kemper feel like outsiders who work hard to be accepted by the small town. Lisa is still considering what she will choose for her graduate degree while living with her father as he adjusts to a different normal.
Lisa meets Jack who is a farmer and a former serviceman, but instantly forms a dislike for him due to his utopia view of the town. Many other characters living in the town aren’t just unique; they have secrets. While most in the town attend the local church, Lisa senses they aren’t really paying attention to the sermons. The whole town tends is self-sufficient and above others until an unknown receipt is discovered that climactically brings clear and present danger to Jack, Lisa and the small town.
This is a small town whose main challenge is speeding and boot-legging. Now, there is a murder, which everyone believes it is the work of an outsider. Wait until you unearth the reason for such a deep rooted belief by the townspeople. No matter which of the characters sticks out to you, the message for everyone becomes obvious along with the challenge to be authentic. I also came away from Donn’s work of fiction seeing that no one is immune from pain and all have the capability to make choices. The choice I saw was how people could live life on past accomplishments, heartaches and/or failure or they could look up to God who knows them best. So, in a way, the fictional world in the book reaches the real world by reminding us that God loves, knows, forgives and restores anyone willing to draw near to Him. Lightening on a Quiet Night is the second novel of Donn’s that I have read, and if you have not had the pleasure of perusing his work, may I suggest strongly you do! You won’t regret the choice!
My rating is 5+ stars.
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