Rekindling Trust by Sandra Ardoin

After her husband’s death, Edythe is penniless and dependent on her domineering and abusive father for the sake of her three children. At first glance, Edythe looks weak, but inside is a vein of strength ready to be mined. Good thing! When her eldest child, Andrew, gets into trouble with the police, Edythe finds the courage to stand up for herself and her son.

Barrett Seton is a lawyer looking for justice. Or is it revenge? When he returns to Riverport to care for his ailing brother, he is determined the past will not be repeated. Judge Danby won’t bully him or his brother. Mrs. Edy Westin will not break his heart. He will have the upper hand and the last say.

Edythe and Barrett must put aside their pain and anger to work together for her son’s sake. Along the way, they rediscover the truth and the lies of the past.

Y’all, I love this book. The characters are diverse with flaws and wounds, making them relatable and memorable. The story is a second chance tale of justice, forgiveness, love, hope, and restoration. I felt the pace was perfect, and the romance sweet and enjoyable. The plot kept me anchored in another time and place.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Another reason why I like this story is the characters. I cheered Edythe on her newfound strength. I enjoyed the twins’ conversations, especially Timothy’s. I smiled over Sarah Jane’s love for animals. I hurt for Andrew and rooted for Barrett to get the bad guy. And finally, I hoped for Judge Danby to get his just desserts. He really needed that smirk wiped off his face. 😉

I highly recommend Rekindling Trust. But I warn you, like any decadent dessert, you must pace yourself to savor every delicious morsel.

I received a copy of this book from the author but wasn’t required to post a favorable review. The opinions are my own.  

Risen

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 

He arose a victor from the dark domain.

Robert Lowry, Low in the Grave He Lay

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And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.  After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles (1 Corinthians 15: 1-7 KJV).

Hallelujah! Christ Arose!

Last Days by Nike Chillemi

Nike Chillemi’s latest story is filled with mystery and intrigue. I love the characters, especially the quirky ones. And yes, I do have a favorite. Nike hears it every time he shows up on the page. LOL. I also love the scenes with food. Let me tell ya, I’m always hungry after reading a chapter. Last Days is Nike’s best book so far, and I can’t wait to see what she writes next.

Here is what others are saying about the book.

I could almost feel the ocean breezes and taste the local cuisine along with detectives Katerina Andruko and swoon-worthy profiler Dimitri Garmonin as they try to solve what seems to be a simple case. – Naomi Musch, multi-published historical romance author

In the Sunshine State, a mysterious death and perplexing circumstances put both justice and love on the line for Detective Kat Andruko. Don’t miss this tension-laced, twist-filled detective story from Nike N. Chillemi. – H.L. Wegley, multi-published thriller and suspense author

Blurb

A spry elderly woman has died mysteriously in a Florida coastal town, and the head of a clandestine organization in Washington D.C is interested in the case. All evidence, or lack thereof, points to accidental death, but Detective Katerina “Kat” Andruko has nagging doubts. She also has doubts about a mysterious phone call profiler Dimitri Garmonin, PhD, her intended, took and hid from her.

As if that wasn’t enough, Kat’s former fiancé and fellow law enforcement officer gleefully taunts her, predicting the demise of her relationship with Dimitri. Her future mother-in-law thinks she’s less than demure and not suitable marriage material for her son.

Meanwhile, all leads on the elderly woman’s death go nowhere. Old enemies at the local TV station are calling the police incompetent. They air an unfavorable segment about Dimitri. Just as Kat and Dimitri reluctantly begin to believe the death was accidental, the woman’s neighbor goes missing.

YOU CAN READ the first chapter here.

About the Author

Nike N. Chillemi has a passion for crime fiction. She writes detective stories and mysteries with a national security twist. Some have called her novels “classic whodunits,” while others think they’re “cozy thrillers,” loaded with taut suspense with a healthy dose of wry humor. She’s known for compelling main characters, zany and quirky secondary and tertiary characters, and dangerous villains. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and is the founding board member of the Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight (formerly Grace Awards).

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