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Friday, August 9, 2013

"Carolina Reckoning" by Lisa Carter~Christian Suspense!


When 30-something housewife, Alison Monaghan discovers proof of her husband's infidelity in a photograph with a mysterious woman, she must decide how to confront
Frank when he returns home from work. Despite the influence of her best friend
Valerie, a strong Christian, Alison remains aloof from God and is determined to handle this crisis her own way. But Alison may not get that chance. Frank never makes it home. Soon his body is found on a lonely back-country road in antebellum
Weathersby Historic Park where Frank served on the board of directors and where
Alison, with a degree in landscape design, was a volunteer garden docent. Homicide detective Mike Barefoot, a Cherokee native from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North
Carolina, immediately puts Alison at the top of his suspect list. He finds himself drawn to her--and not just because she had motive for the crime. As an army veteran,
Mike usually keeps his emotional walls high. And as a detective, he knows not to get involved with murder suspects. So why he is so attracted to Alison? Can he fight his feelings for her--and the stirrings in his heart toward God?


Published by:  Abingdon Press
Pages:  320
Genre:  Christian/Suspense/Thriller
Author:  Lisa Carter
Website:  http://www.lisacarterauthor.com


I am a wife and mother
My husband and I have two daughters and make our home in the beautiful state of North Carolina.

I am a teacher
With a Master’s degree in history, I have taught at the university, high school and middle school levels. After years of church involvement as a soloist, choir member and worship leader, I also teach music.

I am a writer
Delighted by the rhythm and musicality of words, I have been writing since childhood. In 2001, I won the Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) Story Writing Contest that re-ignited a lifelong love of writing.

I am on a journey of faith
My ultimate desire through my life and my writing is to proclaim the truth of God’s Word, His redeeming love as seen in the life of Jesus Christ and to help others know for themselves this great, awesome God of all comfort and wisdom. He is enough for every need.

 Check out this video about the main character Alison:


This is a murder mystery/suspense novel with a Christian theme encasing it.  I thought it was a good book for the genre, and sometimes enjoyed the read, but felt the spiritual subtext was too prominent.  It became taxing toward the middle and I struggled to get to the end because of it.

Lisa Carter does a good job of creating her characters, although I found them all a bit sanguine.  Even the "bad guys" were likable to a certain degree.  It gave the book an over all sugar-coating that made the intensity of the murder mystery fall flat for me.   Sort of like reading a "Miss Marple" in a Southern, modern context...

I found the book a vehicle for proselytizing more than anything.  Though it was fairly well-written, it was too over-bearing in its constant "preaching" about God.  And, this said from the perspective of a Christian...which I am.

The book would have been much more successful with less spiritual pushiness, and more realism of mystery and suspense with a touch of God's workings within the context.

I would say this is a book targeted to a specific reading group:  those very strongly interested in Christian literature.  This is not a book that the average person interested in a mystery/suspense/thriller would particularly enjoy.

3 stars               Deborah/TheBookishDame


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