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Vines of Entanglement

Title:  Vines of Entanglement
Author:  Lisa Carter
Pages:  319
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Abingdon Press
Jon Locklear has returned to his home stomping grounds after ten years in the Marines.  He now is a detective with the local police force, and his first case involves the former love of his life as the star witness.  He can’t believe his rotten timing as to be the lead investigator and have to deal with Laura Mabry.  Though he has never stopped loving her over the past ten years, he is sure he can’t trust her.  When she omits pertinent information on the case, though she has in her mind a good reason, the old issues of trust again plague their tenuous re-establishment of a relationship.  Jon bends his knees to the Lord he found while serving his country and begs for answers.
Laura Mabry can’t believe Jon Locklear is back in town!  He broke her heart ten years ago then left to join the Marines without a backward look.  She now has a secret she can’t let him discover or her world will be turned upside down.  She has been a widow for 1-1/2 years after the death of her husband in a car accident.  As she is the person who found the body of her assistant and was then attacked, she feels she owes it to her assistant to find justice for her.  Another body is found and Laura and her son become targets of a killer.  Laura soon learns after more interaction with Jon how wrong she was in keeping her secret from him.  Can he ever forgive her?  Can the God her aunt and mother told her about ever forgive a liar like her?  Can He protect her and her son?
In this suspenseful mystery, readers can see the hurt and angst that lies can cost.  The lies Laura has told in the past were devastating to the man she loves, and the lies told to her put her in a mood of despair and depression for ten years.  Her only bright spot was the love for her son.  Readers also can see how God can use any situation, even one that appears to be the complete opposite of what would seem a good thing, for the good of His followers.  I absolutely loved the character of Aunt Velma!  She was a riot as well as a dependable, loving woman of God who shared her mistakes and how God used them to make her better.
My rating is 4 stars.
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