I've never been a fan of romance novels so I would never have picked this book up if I hadn't seen a review posted during a book swap game I was participating in. I read the review for this book and decided I wanted to read it. I read the first book first and it was great. I liked it better than this one but this book kept my interest too. I like the mystery and suspense more than the lovey-dovey parts but I definitely will be finishing this series and looking into more books by this author. Now I have to make myself finish the other books I've started before reading the third book in this series.
Mallory is trying to support her teen-aged daughter on her own after her husband passed away by making artistic sea glass jewelry. She just makes a big sale so she could pay her late house payment when she gets a strange call from her father. He sounds like he is hurt and barely able to tell her something very important before he dies. He told her to find her mother but that is impossible since her mother has been dead for years. She quickly calls for someone to go check on her dad then heads that way herself.
She is wary of going back to the town where she grew up and is sure she won't be welcomed because of her past. She was engaged to Kevin, a local game warden, but she abruptly left town without an explanation and quickly married someone else. Now, she needs Kevin's help to help her figure out what happened to her dad. Things quickly get scary though as she finds out her own life might also be in danger.
It took me a long time to read this book since my heath issues often make it hard for me to focus. This book was especially difficult to stay focused on for the first half or so. I wasn't able to really look up all of the references or see what else I could find. I am going to hold onto the book for a while and hopefully be able to do that.
This book was interesting and there were some things I found surprising but I read this book thinking specifically about the people that I know that are set in their belief that God is not real and Jesus was just a man. I already believe in God so I was hoping for something that would be very convincing for someone who doesn't believe, at all. I felt that the fact that many of the experts got their education from faith-based schools would cause those people that don't believe to feel those experts were biased. Also, since this was approached as a "case" being investigated and presented to a jury I was waiting for the cross witness or the other attorney (disbeliever) to ask their questions of the expert witnesses. The author does ask the experts what they think about some things critics have said or written in their books etc., but these things seemed pretty mellow most of the time or completely out there. I know there are some scholars on both sides that have had some intense debates that would be more interesting to witness for me. A lot of the time the experts were giving their opinions and the author seemed to accept them too easily when I know other people would still have doubts and questions. Of course, this book is about the author's personal experience and how he went about this process for himself and each person is encouraged to do their own investigation.