Nothing Sacredby Tara Taylor Quinn
There's something happening in Shelter Valley...
Shelter Valley, Arizona, is the kind of place where everyone wants to live. Martha Moore, divorced mother of four, has spent her whole life here and can't imagine being anywhere else.
But something frightening has happened, and it affects Martha and her children. It also touches David Cole Marks, the new/i>
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Nothing Sacred is the eighth book in the Shelter Valley Stories series by American author, Tara Taylor Quinn. Having caught their previous Pastor in the act of adultery (twice!), divorced mother of four, Martha Moore doesn’t have a lot of time for Shelter Valley’s new minister, David Marks. But David finds himself on the spot when Martha’s eldest daughter really needs his support, and he is determined to give this family the care they need. But only as a minister: David knows his history means he is not worthy of the Shelter Valley community, and in particular, Martha, even if he is attracted to her. This instalment tackles rape and prostitution as well as touching on teenage sex. The intrigue about the rape case lasts until the final chapters. Quite good, if a little lengthy.
Divorced mother of four Martha Moore loves raising her children in Shelter Valley, Arizona where she was born and has lived her entire life though the teen years have become tiring as the older ones have begun to challenge her authority. She also enjoys her work as a production assistant at Montford University¿s TV station. Perhaps the only blemish on her life is the betrayal by her former husband Todd................................. However, a worse tragedy occurs when a so called Good Samaritan picks up Martha¿s daughter Ellen, who ran out of gas, and rapes her. The town¿s new minister David Cole Marks of the Shelter Valley Community Church tries to help the family especially Martha and Ellen cope and understand how this could happen to a good person, but even he doubts the angel inside his head. However though he and Martha are attracted to one another, she rejects his overtures as a man and as a minister as she lost faith in everyone but herself long before Ellen¿s rape............................... This exciting character study focuses on the relationships between Martha and her four teenage children and with David as well his weird one with the voice inside his head. The story lien is cleverly designed so that the audience can taste teen angst made geometrically worse by the rape. Fans will appreciate this fine tale as they wonder whether a permanent relationship between the adults can go the distance with so much to tear it asunder...................... Harriet Klausner