Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Shadow in Serenity by Terri Blackstock

Serenity, Texas is a town in decline. One of its citizens, is Carny Sullivan. She had grown up in the crazy world of the carnival and had survived a hurtful marriage. Now she and her son enjoy the quiet town, her flying service, and her relationship with the Lord.
Then a handsome fellow, Logan Brisco, comes into town. He has ideas of making the town alive again. Be plans to build an amusement park just outside of town. It would draw thousands and bring life back into the community. He says he has investors lined up. All he needs is the people of Serenity to buy into the project and invest some of their own money.
But Carny can spot a con artist when she sees one. She tries to warn the people of her beloved town, to no avail. And then she begins to fall for him.
Logan begins to have feelings for her. He knows he shouldn't let his emotions get in the way of his money making scheme.
Should Carny trust her head or her heart? Is she just one more conquest for this con artist?

This is certainly a character driven romance. The typical romance plot of boy and girl love each other but there is an “insurmountable” problem that needs to be conquered, is the major aspect of this novel. In fact, it repeats several times. For me, it was a bit too much. I thought the novel could have been shorter, say around the typical 300 pages. The plot did drag on. I would not rank this among one of Blackstock's best, and I have read most of her work. On a positive note, I did learn how carnival people make their money.

Zondervan, 352 pages.

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