- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc. (May 1, 2018)
- Genre: Mystery Suspense
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1524403369
- FTC, FYI: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
The body of Ulrich Krauss has been found, and the renowned toymaker and artist has a shocking connection to Haley: he is her great-grandfather—not missing but murdered. Now, at the request of her ailing great-grandmother, Haley travels to Germany to seek answers. What she finds instead are more questions and a growing sense of danger dogging her every step. Protection appears in the form of Joshua, an attractive man from Haley's past who is in Germany on business.
Together the pair embarks on an emotional quest for the truth, only to discover that a generations-old plot is very much alive, and there are those as determined as ever to keep the facts surrounding Ulrich's death hidden—even if it means silencing his great-granddaughter for good.
I really liked this book! It had so many things going for it. It had historical aspects from Germany pre-WWII, it was a murder mystery, a light beginning of a romance, and so much suspense. The novel is told from two different perspectives, first from Haley who is a devoted great-grandaughter to Grisa whose husband disappeared before the start of the second world war. Many years later her husband's body is found in the walls of a home in Germany. This is where everything heats up. Haley travels to Germany at her Great-Grandmother's request to figure out what happened to Ulrich. Grisa is dying from cancer so Haley fulfills this request. She also is helped by a friend of her brothers who also becomes her friend and future love interest.
The second point of view is told by Otto, whose father and grandfather were responsible for Ulrich's death. The reader knows this, but it's just as suspenseful as you follow along hoping that Haley and Joshua figure out what's going on. I really like reading a book where you pretty much know what's happened and will most likely happen, but you get to sit on pins and needles as the characters flounder around in danger. I loved the relationship that Haley had with Grisa and also the blooming friendship/romance that she had with Joshua. He also has his own struggles that Haley helps him through.
Overall, this book was a quick read for me. It had plenty of suspense to keep me turning the pages. I loved the history woven into the pages, and now I want to know more about the paintings that went missing in Germany during WWII. I recommend this book to anyone that wants to read a mystery/suspense with a touch of romance. ***There is mild violence without embellishment.***
Meet the Author: Award-winning author, Ronda Hinrichsen (also writing as
Kathleen Marks) and her family own a small farm located between the beautiful Rocky Mountains and the Great Salt Lake where she regularly sees eagles, hawks, owls, and ducks. Lots of ducks. She is the author of independently and traditionally published non-fiction, romantic suspense and speculative books as well as numerous magazine articles and stories for children and adults. She also enjoys teaching about writing in conference and classroom settings. To learn more about Ronda, visit her website at rondahinrichsen.com.
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