Whom Shall I Fear? ~ Anne Clare

Good morning! This Friday’s Fiction feature is Whom Shall I Fear? by Anne Clare! If you enjoy World War II stories, you will want to check this one out.

First Line

Sergeant James Milburn stumbled on a corner of threadbare carpet.

About the Book

Title: Whom Shall I Fear?

Author: Anne Clare

Genre: Historical

Publisher: Anne Clare

Publication Date: June 28, 2019

Length: 323 pages

Back Cover

1943

All that Sergeant James Milburn wants is to heal. Sent to finish his convalescence in a lonely village in the north of England, the friends he’s lost haunt his dreams. If he can only be declared fit for active service again, perhaps he can rejoin his surviving mates in the fight across Sicily and either protect them or die alongside them.

All that Evie Worther wants is purpose. War has reduced her family to an elderly matriarch and Charles, her controlling cousin, both determined to keep her safely tucked away in their family home. If she can somehow balance her sense of obligation to family with her desperate need to be of use, perhaps she can discover how she fits into her tumultuous world.

All that Charles Heatherington wants is his due. Since his brother’s death, he is positioned to be the family’s heir with only one step left to make his future secure. If only he can keep the family matriarch happy, he can finally start living the easy life he is certain he deserves.

However, when James’s, Evie’s and Charles’s paths collide, a dark secret of the past is forced into the light, and everything that they have hoped and striven for is thrown into doubt. Weaving in historical detail from World War II in Britain, Italy, and Egypt, WHOM SHALL I FEAR? follows their individual struggles with guilt and faith, love and family, and forces them to ask if the greatest threat they face is really from the enemy abroad.

My Thoughts

This is one of two WWII stories I’ve read this year. Whom Shall I Fear? was a history lesson and getaway rolled into one. I enjoyed Sergeant James Milburn’s and Evie Worther’s love story. The mystery kept me turning pages. Don’t tell the author, but I skipped ahead several times, fearing for the life of my new friends.

Clare’s love of history shines in her debut novel. With historical settings, a plausible plotline, and relatable characters, Whom Shall I Fear? is a page-turner.

Fans of WWII fiction will enjoy this tale of intrigue, clean romance, and victory.

Still Water – Betty Thomason Owens

Good morning! I’ve enjoyed my time off this week with family. I hope your holiday was filled with fun, family, and friends.

This Friday’s fiction spotlight is on Still Water (Home Found Suspense Book 1) by Betty Thomason Owens

First Line

My father was dead?

About the book

Title: Still Water (Home Found Suspense Book 1)

Author: Betty Thomason Owens

Release Date: March 18, 2022

Publisher: Pursued Books: an imprint of Write Integrity Press

Genre: Suspense, Mystery,

Length: 397 pages

Back Cover

The Sins of the Father?

A car wreck, recurring nightmares, questions without answers…
Could all of this point to a forgotten past?

Crime reporter, Jake Bradley, has stumbled onto a suspicious accident. The clues lead him to Lisa Oliver, the daughter of the victims. Something about her draws Jake Bradley, and he vows to help her at all costs. When the FBI warns him off the case, Jake is more determined than ever to find the truth and keep Lisa safe.

After the sudden death of her parents, Lisa Oliver yearns for a place to call home. When she meets Jake, she wants to trust him, but her father’s mantras of self-sufficiency and independence create a stumbling block. As the wall between them crumbles, the past encroaches, and Lisa fears she will never be free.

Is she forever doomed to her parents’ nomadic lifestyle, fleeing unseen enemies?

My Thoughts

Betty Thomason Owens is an established historical romance author with Write Integrity. This year, she offers her readers a suspense novel with a thread of sweet clean romance. The first in her portfolio. Still Water is Book 1 in a three-book series.

I could empathize with Lisa Oliver’s heartache of losing her parents and everything she thought was real in her life. Something no one wants to face.

And then there’s Jake Bradley. He’s a go-getter and a hero, wanting to protect those in trouble.

Both Lisa and Jake are relatable characters.

With a laid-back writing style, Owens invites her reader along to gather clues to solve the Oliver case and discover Lisa’s true identity. I enjoyed the plot, characters, writing style, and setting.

The setting? The 70s. A decade of long hair, bellbottoms, flouncy tops, wild colors, and political turmoil.

Mature readers will enjoy the trip back while young readers will enjoy visiting another place in time. Everyone will enjoy the story.