Review: Bridge of Faith by Catherine West & Secret Refuge by Dana Mentink

Two lives taken down different roads – one enduring love – one shot at starting over.
If only they believed in second chances.

Julia Connelly is finally free from twelve long years in an abusive relationship. Now able to live the life she’s longed for, Julia takes her two children back home to Vermont, hoping for peace and healing. The last person she expects to see is the man she eloped with at eighteen—who then abandoned her two months into their marriage, with little explanation.

When an assignment in the Middle East ends in tragedy, popular news correspondent, Reid Wallace, returns to his hometown seeking answers and peace of mind.

Confronting his past was not in the plan.

Now he’s asking different questions. Like why the only woman he’s ever really loved still mesmerizes him. Why the haunted expression she wears reaches right into his soul.

And why her twelve year-old son looks just like him.

They say you can’t go home again. Sometimes you don’t have a choice.

My review: I loved this book. It truly is a book about second chances. It’s also a great reminder about how freeing it is to forgive others—even if they don’t deserve it—and, most of all, ourselves. Julia and Reid’s story brings to the forefront the fact that things are not always as they appear. Catherine’s writing pulled me in and refused to let go until the last page.

My rating: 4 roses


Former parole officer Mick Hudson blames himself for the death of Keeley Stevens’s sister. If he hadn’t paroled a criminal, she might still be alive. When he hears that the suspected killer has been spotted in Keeley’s hometown, he worries she might be the next victim. Keeley doesn’t want to take help from the man who could have prevented her sister’s death, but she has more than herself to worry about. She’ll do anything it takes to protect her family. And Mick will risk his life to make sure that the past does not repeat itself.

Wings of Danger: The path to love is treacherous.

My review: I’m a sucker for a good romantic suspense, and this novel certainly fills the need to read. I enjoyed every heart-pounding minute of reading Mick and Keeley’s story. The danger and the love added up to a too-short night of sleep for me. I just couldn’t put it down. It’s another one of those books that pulled me in and kept me on the edge of my seat until the very last page.

My rating: 4 roses

I received these books from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Happy Reading,

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