by Lisa Carter
About the book:
Alison wanted her cheating husband gone, not dead...
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
I started this yesterday morning and finished it at about Oh say about 10:30 last night lol. Carolina Reckoning is part romance, part suspence and part history in some ways. The main part of the story is about Alison and the emotions of confirming her husbands infidelity and the long ago collapse of her marriage. It's also about discovering her husband has "discovered" God shortly before his death and is in the process of correcting some major mistakes and getting ready to confess them to her. Alison has her best friend to encourage and support her as she works her way through the muddle her husband left her and ends up learning to lean on God and stand up for herself.
Mike Barefoot is a police officer who has trusted 1 to many women with his emotions and has given up on God altogether even though he was raised by his Granny who was a very strong Christian woman. He starts out believing that there is a strong chance that Alison murdered her husband but ends up changing his tune in more than one way.
Carolina Reckoning is a bit light. It's not an emotional rollercoaster and won't reach down and touch you somewhere deep in your heart - but the salvation message is there and watching both Alison and Mike learn to lean on God and trust that he truly is there for us was really nice to watch. I loved the ending - not for the romance but for the conclusion to the mystery that sorta surprised me. It wasn't the "who dun it" I thought it would be but the mystery itself and the reasons behind it were interesting. It's a perfect book for a cold blizzardy or rainy day and would make a great gift for someone who enjoys reading late at night.
About the author:
Lisa Carter is the author of Carolina Reckoning and Aloha Rose, and a writer and teacher whose articles have appeared in FamilyFun, Thriving Family, MomSense, and Christian Parenting Today.
She is a frequent speaker and vocalist at women’s ministry events and
has taught at the collegiate, high school, and middle school levels.
Lisa is a member of ACFW, RWA and Sisters in Crime. When she isn't
writing, Lisa enjoys traveling, quilting, and researching her next
romantic adventure. She and her husband have two daughters and make
their home in Raleigh, North Carolina. Visit her online at
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of the book to read and review on GivingNSharing. I was not required to have a positive review and no $$ exchanged hands. Thanks for reading!
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