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  • Posted October 29, 2013

    I received this book free in exchange for my opinion! Carolina R

    I received this book free in exchange for my opinion!
    Carolina Reckoning is a thriller infused with emotion that will take you on an edge of your seat adventure.  I was so thrilled with the pace of this book.  I really found myself reading faster and faster so I could see what would happen.  I love the fact that in some troubling circumstances the characters go to God for help and don't rely on others to come to their rescue and that the ultimate happiness is found in Him.
    The rich history of the Weathersby was almost a character of it's own.  I could picture the lush gardens and offices where Allison worked.
    I really came to adore the characters and became invested in their struggles.  I felt as though I was going through the story with them and to me that means great story telling!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2014

    Carolina Reckoning is a "Christian Mystery", set in pr

    Carolina Reckoning is a "Christian Mystery", set in present-day North Carolina.  The story opens with Alison, the protagonist, finding a picture of her husband, Frank,  and another woman taken during one of his trips out of town; he is a pilot who travels extensively and is commonly regarded as an adulterer, but she had never had the actual proof of his liaisons.  While she waits on the couch so she can confront him immediately upon his return, she falls asleep only to be awakened by local police informing her that Frank has been murdered.  The plot takes Alison on a journey to seek the truth about her husband and his murder, which becomes a journey into her own self and what she wants for her family.

        I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads, in exchange for an honest review.   After reading the first 100 pages or so, I have to admit that I was a little afraid of what this review would look like.  The novel started out with a "bang" (literally), but immediately began throwing in character transformations, even before we got to know the characters.  I found the beginning a little "disjointed" and unbelievable; I'll spare details to prevent spoilers.  I am so glad I kept reading, however, because the pace of the book suddenly picked up, and quickly became a "page turner".  I started getting invested in the characters, the intriguing mystery, and where this story may be leading.  In the end, I was quite satisfied.  Not only did I get a great mystery, but a great story about the journey into oneself and what it takes to find your own strength, independent of others.  I look forward to reading Lisa Carter's next book, Beneath a Navajo Moon.

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

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    I really enjoyed this whodunnit with so many suspects, it'll mak

    I really enjoyed this whodunnit with so many suspects, it'll make your head spin! I really liked Alison and Mike and I loved that we got both of their perspectives, along with her daughter's. I liked that there were so many aspects to the story, from her grief to wanting to solve his murder to being torn between two men but also being terrified because of her shambles of a marriage. I also liked that we got to see from the perspective of unbelievers who start to wonder about God and watch their relationships with God progress. There were some sweet romantic moments and a lot of suspense as Alison doesn't always think before she leaps! I also love history, so the setting of a historic plantation being restored was great. I highly recommend this book if you like suspense and mysteries and I look forward to reading more by this author!

    I received this book free from Abingdon Press in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted October 30, 2013

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    Carolina Reckoning is the kind of suspense novel I enjoy¿one wit

    Carolina Reckoning is the kind of suspense novel I enjoy—one with enough mystery to keep my inner suspense-lover intrigued and enough romance to satisfy the romantic in me. It also isn't remotely gory or supernatural—something I don't enjoy in a suspense novel.

    I especially appreciated the way Christianity is portrayed in the novel. At the beginning, neither Alison nor Mike has any relationship with God. But the Christians around them model Christ in such a way that they both long to know Him. Author Lisa Carter weaves faith into the novel in an organic way—never does she come off as preachy.

    I did have a little trouble following the twists and turns that ultimately led to Frank's killer, and I think that's because I couldn't remember all of the characters. While the main characters (and even those in fairly large supporting roles) were distinct and fleshed out, those on the periphery seemed to blend together. So when the truth began coming to light, I found myself going, "OK, who was that again?" If I'd had a better handle on those characters, I think I would have enjoyed the payoff more.

    That said, I did greatly enjoy Carolina Reckoning. It's suspenseful and romantic and points the reader to Christ, three things that make reading Carolina Reckoning a positive experience.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for review from Abingdon Press.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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  • Posted October 30, 2013

    This book starts out like any other secular style book where the

    This book starts out like any other secular style book where the wife finds out the husband is cheating and seeks to no longer take his affairs.. but hang in there! Through the mourning process Alison becomes a Christian and has belief that her husband Frank had done the same just prior to his murder. He has left behind some evidence and letters for Alison and her two children illuding to his new found belief in Jesus and asking for forgiveness. It is like he knows someone is after him, and Alison is even targeted when she goes to the spot where he was killed.

    There are ALOT of characters in the book. It got a bit overwhelming at first with all of the board members and friends of Valerie's. I had to back track to try to remember different characters and got confused quite often at first. Maybe just a few too many for me. I was still working with Alison through the mourning so it was hard to grab hold of these characters and who wore what color lipstick.

    I did love the focus and discipleship of Alison as a new believer. I did like how the pastor and his family embraced them and sought to make sense of the mess that they were in. It wasn't in your face gospel, but enough for non believers to see and possibly consider a relationship with Jesus when there is no hope.

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