Avalanche (Peril in the Park Book 1) by Gayla K Hiss


About the Book

When Park Ranger Jenny Snowfeather runs into Deputy Marshal Chase Matthews at her brother’s Fourth of July barbecue, she suspects there is more going on in Eagle Valley, WA than fireworks. After Chase confides that he believes the fugitive who killed his partner may be hiding out in the area, Jenny is skeptical at first. But when her peaceful town is besieged with a sudden crime spree, she realizes Chase’s theory may be true.

As the manhunt advances to the rugged backcountry of North Cascades National Park, Jenny is confronted with her past mistakes. But she soon discovers the greatest threat of all is losing her heart to Chase, who is obsessed with capturing the fugitive at all costs.

Risking everything to help Chase find the man who could kill them both, Jenny’s faith is put to the test. Like an avalanche waiting to happen, their path is fraught with danger. Will the enemy get away with murder? Will Jenny and Chase reach freedom and safety, or be buried alive? They must tread carefully. One step in the wrong direction could mean the difference between life and death.

My Review

Jennifer Snowfeather meets Chase Matthews at a Fourth of July picnic, and immediately her antenna goes up. Something doesn’t feel right to her. How does he know her name, and what about the gun he carries? Will she be able to discover why something seems off with Matthew?

Beautiful scenery exquisitely described, suspense that causes you to hold your breath as it plays out and danger around every corner are just of a sampling of the richness illustrated in this story.

I figure out the “whodunit” early on in most mysteries I read. However, with Avalanche I was so caught up in the story, I didn’t even try to guess! I was completely surprised by the villain.

The characters in this thriller will endear themselves to you. You will come to care for them, catching yourself wanting to warn them of imminent danger and feeling their pain.

Gayla K. Hiss is a new author; however, you would never guess it. She has done an excellent job of interweaving Biblical applications into her story without being preachy or belaboring a point.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Avalanche. There were a few scenes that were a little difficult to read due to my past history, but overall it was an exceptional book. I can’t wait to read the sequel!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Tuesday’s Tale

Liberation Song

Liberation Song by Raelee May Carpenter is a modern-day Christian thriller.

About the Book

When we first meet Aili MacIntyre, she’s doing what she’s been doing all her life: running in fear. She flees through a foreign jungle with two young girls and tries to save them from the forced prostitution ring that has been holding them in a virtual hell-on-earth. But tragedy meets them under the trees, and only one child escapes.

Three years later, Alexandra Adelaide has acquired a new identity in a radically different scene: the metropolitan jungle of Greater Los Angeles. She, though saved by Grace, has invented what she believes is the appropriate way to suffer for her own sins. Alex is raising the child who was orphaned by her insecurities. And she never, for a second, lets herself forget the pain caused by her mistakes.

Then the real tragedy strikes . . .

. . . she falls in love.

Matthew Gold is everything she needs and a lot more than she could’ve imagined. Bright, attractive, generous, and with his own vested interest in Grace, Matt works hard to earn Alex’s trust and a place in her life. He even loves and seeks to protect her daughter, who is the key to breaking open the biggest human trafficking case in recent history.

But Alex has lived in fear since she took her first breath. So how does she let Love start a new day? How does she choose courage even as very real dangers draw closer to her barred doors?

My Thoughts

Aili McIntyre left her home to go to school, determined to become an FBI agent. After she realizes her dream, she assumes a new identity, that of Alice Carroll.

As Alice Carroll, Aili becomes the point person for an international sting against a major player in a human trafficking/prostitution ring. However, something goes terribly wrong-the girl Alice was supposed to rescue is murdered and Alice is the only one able to protect and raise the young girl’s baby.

Three years after fleeing the foreign country where she was an operative, Alice has a new name, Alexandra Adelaide.  She and her “daughter” are finally settling into life in LA. Will she be able to continue her new life now that she’s finally beginning to breathe a little more freely? Fear has overshadowed everything in her life since those horrible, tragic years, and now events beyond her control are beginning to raise their ugly heads.

Raelee May Carpenter does a fantastic job of setting the story up and further describing the characters through the use of flashbacks. As you read, you’re drawn deeper and deeper into the intrigue and life of Aili/Alice/Alexandra and you root for her and her “daughter,” hoping they can have a normal, happy life.

Ms. Carpenter uses Aili’s life and fear to show us, the readers, more about God’s grace and love and how letting go can bring us closer to God.

Liberation Song is a wonderfully written, thought-provoking book that will keep you on the edge of your seat and wishing there was more when it ends.

I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

For information about Raelee May Carpenter, you can visit her at http://www.raeleemaycarpenter.com/