Monday, August 15, 2011

Review: Double Deceit

I'm excited to be the first on this blog tour review Stephanie Humphreys' new LDS suspense novel, Double Deceit!

From the back 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 tormentor 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 Thoughts:

When the book arrived at my house, I was in the middle of reading another book and didn't get to it right away. Instead, my fifteen-year-old daughter picked it up. I haven't seen her read much of anything other than over-the-summer homework and Facebook for the last few months and I was please to see her immersed in a book. What I liked was that I didn't have to worry if it would be appropriate for her, and when I read it, I wasn't disappointed. The only bad thing about letting my daughter read it was that she didn't want to stop reading to do her chores or help with dinner. "I'm at the good part," she'd say, no matter what page I asked. Then when she finished, she begged me to hurry and read it so we could talk about it without her spoiling the ending for me.

Double Deceit may not have kept me guessing the entire time--though I wasn't completely sure--but it did keep me intrigued. I appreciated the LDS culture without being preachy and the romance without being over-the-top sweet. I would definitely recommend it to friends.

You can buy your own copy of Double Deceit by Stephanie Humphreys at either Deseret Book or Amazon. To read more about the author or her first book, Finding RoseStephanie's author blog.

This link will take you straight to an awesome contest the author will be running through the first part of September! Check it out :)