Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Shadow In Serenity by Terri Blackstock

Carny Sullivan grew up in the zany world of a traveling carnival. Quaint and peaceful Serenity, Texas, has given her a home, a life, and a child. Logan Brisco is the smoothest, slickest, handsomest man Serenity, Texas has ever seen. But Carny Sullivan knows a con artist when she sees one—and she’s seen plenty, starting with her father. As far as Carny Sullivan can tell, she’s the only one in town who has his number. Because from his Italian shoes to his movie-actor smile, Logan has the rest of the town snowed.

Carny is determined to reveal Brisco’s selfish intentions before his promise to the townspeople for a cut in a giant amusement park sucks Serenity dry. Yet, as much as she hates his winning ways, there is a man behind that suave smile, a man who may win her heart against her will. Shadow in Serenity is a modern-day Music Man, penned by a Christy Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author.

My review:
Terri Blackstock typically writes suspense, and to me she is the pioneer of Christian suspense. I don't know if she is the first Christian author to start writing suspense, but I don't remember much being in the Christian market when I bought her first Christian suspense novel. This book is not suspense, but I still enjoyed it extremely.

I loved the characters in this book. There is the con man, Logan, who is trying to con a whole town and is being rather successful at doing so, and then there is Carny, who can see right through him and fights him the whole way.

This is pretty much a romance, which I don't usually read, but since Terri is a long time favorite author of mine, I requested it to review, and am glad I did. Yes, it is a romance, but it also shows how God can work and change anyone, and bring that person to him. This was an entertaining read, but one with a great message.

I found it interesting that this book was published previously when Terri wrote secular fiction. Some content has been changed due to technology changing, and it now being a Christian book.

About the author:

Terri Blackstock has sold six million books worldwide and is a New York Times bestseller. She is the award-winning author of Intervention and Double Minds, as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, and the Restoration Series.

Author Website:

Shawdow In Serenity is available from Zondervan Publishing.

Thanks to Zondervan for the review copy.