Thursday, January 12, 2012

Race Against Time by Kimberley and Kayla Woodhouse

Anesia Naltsiine has made mistakes that have cost her-and her 13-year old daughter, Zoya-dearly. But no more. She will prove her worth as a mother and as a breeder of champion sprint racing dogs. Her kennel is so successful that buyers come from all over the world. So why does she still feel so worthless?

Zoya misses the dad she never knew. All she wants is to follow in his footsteps as a champion sprint dog racer. But when she witnesses a murder in their town of North Pole, Alaska, she finds herself thrown into dangers and emotions she can’t begin to understand.

Enter Sean Connelly, a new employee at the kennel with demons of his own. When he discovers macrochips bearing military secrets implanted in the Naltsiine's dogs, a puzzle tracing back to the murder unfolds. Then strange "accidents" start happening; clearly someone wants Zoya silenced. Anesia tells her daughter it's not safe to race, but Zoya, angry with the world- and God-takes off across dangerous Alaskan terrain alone. Anesia and Sean must race against time to save the girl-and themselves.

My review:
I extremely enjoyed the debut novel by this mother-daughter writing duo, No Safe Haven. To be honest, I doubted the sequel could compare, but I was wrong. This book was awesome. There is plenty of suspense, which I love, some romance - which is ok as long as there is suspense, and the book had a great message. One of the characters in the book struggles with doubts of God, of Him deserting her, failing her, not caring about her. That is something I struggle with, so I appreciated the authors dealing with that issue in a novel.

These ladies have hit it out of the ballpark with this book. It was a great read, and I could not put it down. I am looking forward to reading more from this great writing duo.

About the authors:
Kimberley Woodhouse is a wife, mother, writer, and musician approaching life with a positive outlook despite difficult circumstances. Her previous book, Welcome Home: Our Family’s Journey to Extreme Joy, chronicles her daughter’s extremely rare health issues and how the Woodhouses received an amazing gift through the ABC television program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Kim and her husband have two children and live in Colorado.

Kayla Woodhouse is a teenage author whose life-altering medical condition (a nerve disorder that prevents the body from regulating its temperature or sensing pain) has not stopped her love for swimming. She is home schooled and has an adventure blog called Dragon Claws, Dog Paws, Swimming Laws.

Race Against Time is available from Broadman & Holman Publishing.

Thanks to Broadman & Holman for the review copy.