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Shattered: A Book Review

I really enjoyed this mystery/romance story by Dani Pettrey.  It is the first book I’ve read by her and I was pretty impressed.  This was another book I received for review from Bethany House Publishers.  I am glad that Christian authors of this caliber are being printed these days.   I still wasn’t totally impressed with the “romance” angle.  I’m not sure why Christian authors feel they have to include that in their books in order to sell them.  If Dani had stuck to the mystery part of it I think this book could have been 5 stars.

Piper is an out-spoken, loyal sister to Reef, who has been accused of murder.  Along with her life-time friend, police lieutenant, and potential boyfriend, Landon, she must prove her brother’s innocence before their small Alaskan town finds him guilty.

Traveling from the top of the North American continent, Alaska, to the bottom, Florida, these two friends, along with Piper’s other siblings, set out on the path of a killer that takes them to a completely unexpected ending.

I like that the author shows Landon getting his heart right with God and letting go of bitterness in his life.  Showing that God is in control of all life’s situations if we allow Him to have it.

It does get a little tedious wading through the “tingling touches” and “searing glances” that the two main characters seem to continuously work hard to avoid.  The book would have made for better reading without them.  The romance angle almost seemed like an afterthought to the rest of the plot.

Overall, I enjoyed the story and would definitely like to read the first one in this series: Alaskan Courage.

Amanda Cunningham

Amanda worked as a full-time school teacher for two years before getting married and having two wonderful kids.She blogs about faith, family, food, and fun.While crafting takes up a lot of her extra time, Amanda also strives to help others through ministry in her church and in the community.Amanda, also known as Mae, works as the church music director and is hoping to start tutoring and teaching music again in the days to come.

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