“Hiding Places” by Erin Healy tells the story of 11-year-old Kate Whitby and her family at the Harrison Lodge in Evergreen, Colorado. While the book has a slow start, it’s almost necessary considering just how many characters and story lines need to be fleshed out. On the one hand, there’s Kate and her family at the lodge, while on the other hand, there’s Charlie and the Fox in Denver after a robbery gone wrong.

Even with the slow start, the book was still an awesome read and it finally got to the point where I just couldn’t put it down. Kate is a likable and naive character who longs for her family to spend more time and attention with her instead of what their usual activities are. Charlie is a homeless man who you can’t help but feel sympathy for him, especially when he’s blamed for things and forced to go on the run, leaving people who he cares about behind. Things finally converge at the Harrison Lodge and it’s all the family can do to prevent things from completely falling apart as they realize just who is important in their lives.

Murder, suspense, a bit of espionage; this book almost has it all. The book picked up quickly as things started to converge on Evergreen and it became an edge-of-your seat thriller as you wonder just what will happen next. I would definitely recommend this book to all of my friends and I hope that all of you will give it an opportunity.

I received this book for free from BookLook Bloggers and Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

_225_350_Book.852.cover“Afloat” by Erin Healy was an amazing read.  Centered around Eagle’s Talon, an architectural marvel and the baby of Vance Nolan, it tells the story of the inhabitants and some strange circumstances that befall them.  Everything starts out fine, but after a freak rainstorm and flood, the world for several inhabitants, as well as some of the construction crew, is turned upside down.

Danielle Clement and her young son, Simeon, are some of those residents who are suddenly stranded in the relative safety of the confines of Building 12.  While investor Tony and Baxter, one of the construction crew, scramble to try to find a way out, Vance Nolan is adamant that they should stay and just wait out the storm since the building is doing what it’s supposed to do… stay afloat in the cove.

Overall, this was a captivating read and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout it.  The characters were believable and the themes were some of what people struggle with every day, including forgiveness, selflessness, and selfishness.  I only had one issue with this book, and that was that I thought it needed an epilogue to give it a proper closure since the ending just seemed rather abrupt.

I would give this book 4.5 stars out of 5 and would definitely recommend it to all of my friends.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

_225_350_Book.668.coverHouse of Mercy by Erin Healy tells the story of Beth Borzoi, an aspiring veterinarian, and the trials and tribulations that she faces because of one mistake.  In the attempt to help a friend with vet bills for his horse, Beth steals a valuable saddle from the tack room at the Blazing B ranch, a ranch that her family has owned for generations and uses to help people who are down on their luck.  After giving the saddle to her friend, she’s given the opportunity to ride a valuable horse, but one freak accident leaves Beth minorly injured and the horse dead.

As a result of that accident, the horse owner places a hefty lawsuit on Beth and the ranch, leaving the family with few options. Beth decides to forego going to vet school, and instead gets a job in town before finding out about a grandfather she had never met.  Leaving her town and family, she goes to search for him to see if he can help.

Overall, this book is a gripping novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  You will find yourself emotionally involved with the characters and sympathizing with them as well.  As with Erin Healy’s other novels, this novel shines with imagery and the descriptions of the locations make it easy to immerse yourself in the novel.  I would recommend this to all of my friends.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

The Baker’s Wife by Erin Healy is the third standalone novel that she has written.  It tells the story of Audrey, a former pastor’s wife, but after a scandalous lie caused her husband to lose his job as a pastor, the two switched to managing a bakery. Even though everything seemed alright, Audrey couldn’t help but still feel the hurt that the lie had caused.

When driving to the bakery early one foggy morning, Audrey hit something while crossing through an intersection.  Stopping and investigating, she found a motor scooter and a lot of blood, but no body.  It’s discovered that the scooter and the blood belong to Detective Jack Mansfield’s wife, Julie, and he’s convinced that Audrey had something to do with Julie’s disappearance. Through a series of events, Audrey soon has to rely on a gift that she wished that she didn’t have, an ability to feel other’s pain.

Overall, this book kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire novel and I just couldn’t put it down, no matter how hard I tried.  I love suspense novels in the vein of Ted Dekker and feel like this one definitely fit that bill and I look forward to reading more by Erin Healy.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255