Posted in Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense

Lisa Carter’s Carolina Reckoning


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?


Such a good romantic suspense novel! This novel was my kind of romantic suspense, heavy on the romance and heavy on the suspense (without getting too bogged down in the details). There’s so much I liked about this book I don’t know where to begin. Alison was a great heroine because you could really understand the workings of her mind. She had a couple of moments where she jumped in feet first without thinking things all the way through, but she managed to get out of them without too many problems. Mike, to me, was absolutely hilarious. He was so over-the-top negative that it was funny. I enjoyed watching them get together. Now, the novel does make a time jump and I would have liked to see them together then, but I also understood why the time jump was needed. The mystery was well thought out and sufficiently interesting enough that I was concerned about who done it. The only problem with the mystery was that a lot of people were involved and some of their names kind of ran together for me. I liked Alison’s children (which is saying a lot because kids rarely add to a novel IMO). They were fully developed human beings. Spiritually, there’s kind of a lot going on, but I enjoyed watching Alison and Mike know Christ and more importantly trusting Him. There’s a great moment when Alison expects God to rescue her and not man and that was done nicely. Great novel. Highly recommended!

**I received this novel courtesy of Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**

Romantic Scale: 8.9/9

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