About the Book
Author: Valerie Massey Goree
Genre: Christian Fiction
Release date: October 24, 2014
After three years in the witness protection program, Sadie Malone’s life in Texas is bland and humdrum—until she meets a new co-worker. Bowen Boudine ignites a flame in Sadie’s long-dormant heart, but when she discovers he knows her true identity, she attempts to flee. He thwarts her escape and reveals the reason he’s been sent to locate her. Bowen, a seasoned operative with International Retrieval Organization takes his job escorting Sadie safely back to California seriously, but quickly finds he’s falling for her. Can he maintain a professional relationship while he protects her from the crime boss her testimony helped to convict?
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Goree gives readers a good sense of what it must be like to be in a witness protection program with constant awareness and sense of danger. Sadie (Debra) seemed to be a woman of mixed character. At times she acted strong but at other times she made foolish decisions that endangered herself and others. Bowen is a good hero. I appreciate that the budding romance aspect was controlled until the situation was resolved. And as for Smitty, if I was Ginger I'd fire him on the spot.
The aspect of this novel I liked the best is the strong faith message. The plot worked relatively well. Much of the early part of the book deals with character development with most suspense left until near the end. I am not sure the villain would really agree to the suspenseful meet up but, then again, this is fiction.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author
After serving as missionaries in her home country of Zimbabwe and raising two children, Glenn and Valerie moved to Texas. She worked in the public school system for many years, focusing on students with special needs. Now retired in Washington, Valerie spends her time writing, and spoiling her grandchildren.
Novels include: Deceive Me Once; Colors of Deceit; The Stolen Lives Trilogy, Weep in the Night; Day of Reckoning; and Justice at Dawn, to be released July, 2021. Valerie’s latest novel Forever Under Blue Skies, is now available from Amazon.
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More from Valerie
Story ideas invade my mind at the oddest moments. One day as I sorted laundry, I thought how interesting it would be to begin a novel with: “I’d been in the Witness Protection Program for three years when my identity was compromised.”
The idea bubbled and churned in my mind for a while. When I sat down to outline possible scenarios, the ideas hit me like an avalanche. Why was she in WITSEC? Who outed her? I scribbled as fast as I could—yes, I’m behind the times and use paper and pencil to plot my novels.
And so IRO was born. The International Retrieval Organization is my topnotch investigative service, with unlimited resources and experienced operatives.
Weep in the Night is the first novel in my Stolen Lives Trilogy. IRO agents are the heroes or heroines in the series. Which agent will save the day?
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)