Friday, September 02, 2011

Book Review: Double Deceit by Stephanie Humphreys

In her new novel Double Deceit, author Stephanie Humphreys explores a world entirely different from her first release, historical fiction novel Finding Rose.

From the cover: 

Someone is watching . . . 
As a young widow, all Elaina Bryant wants is a fresh start. Determined to put ten painful years behind her, she returns to her hometown and moves in with her sister, Natalie. Elaina soon accepts a job working at a small bookstore owned by the handsome Ryan Hill and his mother. Despite her reluctance to become romantically involved with anyone, she is drawn to Ryan and finds herself falling in love.
But someone isn’t happy with Elaina’s new life and is watching her every move. Her tormenter seems determined to destroy her sanity and her future, but Elaina can’t convince anyone the threat is real. Natalie is preoccupied with her own blossoming romance, and their friend Peter, a police officer, seems to believe the threat has been manufactured in Elaina’s own mind as a result of her guilt and grief. 
Now Elaina’s plans for a new start are crashing down around her. She knows she will have to find the answers before she can overcome the past and enjoy love and happiness again. But how can she protect those she loves when she doesn’t know whom to trust?

My Review:  I really enjoyed this LDS suspense novel.  Elaina is a believable character, understandably traumatized after all she's been through, but doing her best to rebuild her life.  The author does a great job of showing the turmoil someone in this situation would go through, and the reasons for her determination to build a new life.  Ryan is a very likable love interest and we can easily root for the two of them to have their happily ever after.  

I have to admit, I was especially interested in the fact that this novel is set in Canada.  Most LDS fiction is set in Utah, or in the United States, at least, but as the author is from Canada, it's natural for her to set her books there, and I find it a refreshing change.  

If you're looking for a good suspense novel without gratuitous violence or language, pick up a copy of Double Deceit.

Now, a couple of fun things ... Stephanie is running a contest on her blog, so click right here to go enter.

And if you'd like to hop around and see what the other reviewers have to say about this novel, here are the addresses:

August 15 - Maria Hoagland
August 16 - Heather Gardner
August 17 - Rachelle Christensen
August 18 - Jane Still
August 19 - Deborah Davis
August 22 - Renae Mackley
August 23 -  Cindy Hogan
August 24 - Matthew Tandy
August 25 - Taffy Lovell
August 26 - Kathy Habel
August 29 - Don Carey
August 30 - Teri Rodeman
August 31 - Cathy Witbeck
Sept. 1 - Shelly Seele
Sept. 2 - Tristi Pinkston
FTC:  I was not stalked or threatened into posting my review, but instead, was sent a free copy and asked nicely.


Stephanie Humphreys said...

Thank you Tristi. I'm glad you enjoyed the Canadian element. It was fun to write.

Elizabeth Morgan said...

Sounds like an awesome book. I can't wait to read it.

ali cross said...

Stephanie is one of those people you love to root for. I'm not such a fan of historical fiction, so I'm especially excited to see this new book come out. I'm gonna pick it up right away!

Thanks for the review, Tristi!

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