Monday, September 22, 2014

Hidden In The Stars by Robin Caroll

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Hidden in the Stars
Abingdon Press (September 16, 2014)
Robin Caroll


Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin Caroll is a southerner through and through. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others. Robin’s mother, bless her heart, is a genealogist who instilled in Robin the deep love of family and pride of heritage—two aspects Robin weaves into each of her books.

When she isn’t writing, Robin spends time with her husband of twenty-plus years, her 3 beautiful daughters, 2 precious grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home—in the South, where else?


Following an attack that killed her mother and stole her ability to speak, 21-year-old Sophia Montgomery has no choice but to accept her estranged grandmother’s offer to return to their family home. Although detective Julian Frazier is working hard on the case, Sophia unknowingly frustrates him because her inability to speak thwarts her eyewitness evidence. The fact that Julian is undeniably attracted to Sophia doesn’t help either, so Julian hides his feelings as concern for a trauma victim and focuses instead on finding the killer.

Little do they know, the clues to solving the case may be right in front of them, displayed in Sophia’s mother’s “special” quilt design. Who will realize the secret Sophia’s unwittingly been hiding in plain sight? When the truth comes to light, will Sophia find her voice again? Or will the murderer—still at large—silence her forever?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Hidden in the Stars, go HERE.

My review:
  I was thinking a while back that it was about time for Robin Caroll to come out with a new book. It had been too long since her last, and then this book showed up as a review opportunity. This is a series of sorts with multiple authors and no story connecting with another, just each centering in some way around a quilt. And they are all romance stories. But this one was by a favorite author of mine, and it sounded like suspense, so I requested it. And was not disappointed.

  My one complaint about the book is that it is too short, coming in at only 218 pages, but that is the average page length for these books. A good suspense novel typically needs to be longer, but Robin did an excellent job of spinning a great tale of suspense with that limited amount of pages. It didn't seem rushed, as some shorter books do.

  I liked  the characters, the plot, the suspense, and everything about the book. The quilt did indeed play a big part in the story, and I thought it was worked into the plot in a very cool way, and one I didn't figure out.

 And then there was the romance. I don't mind romance as long as someone is trying to kill someone. OK, that sounds macabre, but I am not one to read a romance book, so I do like suspense and mystery playing a bigger part than romance in a book, and although romance played a big part in this one, it wasn't sappy or overdone and this single guy actually enjoyed those part of the book.

  I completely enjoyed the book, and would definitely recommend it. It does have a lot of suspense and mystery in it, so it isn't the typical Quilts of Love book, but don't let that scare you away. It is worth your time reading it.