Thursday, April 2, 2015

Vines of Entanglement by Lisa Carter

Laura felt that she had been entangled by a sin she committed years ago. Because of it, she felt she could never have a good relationship with God. When Jon came back to town, her worst nightmare seemed to be coming true.

I really liked this novel. Laura and Jon had made an unwise decision when young. Then the two had an abrupt separation over deep hurt on both sides. Laura had married while Jon remained single. Laura's husband had died suddenly on an ice coated road. Left to raise her son alone, she gravitated toward an up and coming attorney.

This novel is a great combination of suspense and character development. Before to far into the novel, there is a murder. Laura comes across the body on the green way between her house and her business. She is so close on the heels of the murder, the murderer even attacks her, but someone comes along the path just in time. The suspense builds when Laura finds that someone is leaving incriminating notes for her. Someone knows about her past.

In the midst of the suspense is the character development. Jon is newly with the Raleigh Police Department. When he is part of the murder investigation, Laura is stunned. Suddenly the past is before her. She and Jon face the love they once had, and still have for each other. Their possible romantic relationship is plagued with misunderstandings and ghosts from the past. Laura's son, Ian, is a great young man. He has an uncanny sense of understanding. What a great character.

Both aspects of the novel combine for a very rewarding novel to read. There are issues like past sins and lies we tell ourselves and others. There is the very important issue of God's mercy.

I like the setting of the novel too, the south. It is a place where appearance is everything so people do lie and hide the truth. But there are great southern characters too, regal women – and some catty ones!

A great novel of romantic suspense. I recommend it. There is a discussion guide so it would be great for reading groups too.

Lisa Carter is the author of several romantic suspense novels. She and her family life in Raleigh, North Carolina. You can find out more at http://www.lisacarterauthor.com/.

Abingdon Press, 320 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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