About the book:
Sophie Wittenbauer left her strict Mennonite hometown under a cloud of shame and regret. Certain she's left her past far behind her, she's now focused on her job at a newspaper and is shocked when she stumbles upon the name of someone she knew in her old life. But when she learns the man--a prisoner--claims a suspect from a decades-old unsolved crime is hiding out in the small town of Sanctuary, Missouri, she can't resist following the lead in hopes of furthering her career.
Almost immediately upon her arrival, Sophie's confronted with a face from her past and fears her intention of using a false identity to investigate is doomed. But with the help of Sanctuary's charismatic young pastor, Sophie knows she's getting close. Will she be able to conceal the truth of her own past long enough to find the suspect before someone puts a stop--fatal or otherwise--to her investigation?
I enjoyed this story about a woman getting a second chance. I haven't read the first two books yet in this series and this felt like a stand-alone story, though my mom said she was in Nancy Mehl's other series, "Road to Kingdom." Her past was mentioned a few times and I really felt for her and everything she had gone through. I admired how far she'd come and how much she'd changed her life. There was some suspense, but it was more of a laid-back type of story. I felt like Sophie was a bit naive in her plan and was too trusting. There's a hint of romance. I had a hard time understanding how someone could fall for her so quickly while she's lying to him and he knows she is. I did like Jonathon, too, but I think my favorite character was Esther because of how forgiving and loving she was. I think what I liked best were the discussions she and Jonathon had about faith. She didn't believe in God anymore after what had happened to her in Kingdom and she let him know it. I thought he had some really good points about God always being there and that He loved her then and now. She had only remembered the bad times for so long, but started to realize there were a lot of people who had helped her and looked out for her. If you like more of a laid-back suspense story with a hint of romance, you should check it out.
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.