Hidden in the Stars: Quilts of Love Series

Hidden in the Stars: Quilts of Love Series

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by Robin Caroll
     
 

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Following an attack that killed her mother and stole her ability to speak, 21-year-old Sophia Montgomery has no choice but to accept her estranged grandmother’s offer to return to their family home. Although detective Julian Frazier is working hard on the case, Sophia unknowingly frustrates him because her inability to speak thwarts her eyewitness evidence. The…  See more details below

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Following an attack that killed her mother and stole her ability to speak, 21-year-old Sophia Montgomery has no choice but to accept her estranged grandmother’s offer to return to their family home. Although detective Julian Frazier is working hard on the case, Sophia unknowingly frustrates him because her inability to speak thwarts her eyewitness evidence. The fact that Julian is undeniably attracted to Sophia doesn’t help either, so Julian hides his feelings as concern for a trauma victim and focuses instead on finding the killer.

 

Little do they know, the clues to solving the case may be right in front of them, displayed in Sophia’s mother’s “special” quilt design. Who will realize the secret Sophia’s unwittingly been hiding in plain sight? When the truth comes to light, will Sophia find her voice again? Or will the murderer—still at large—silence her forever?

 

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Publishers Weekly
07/28/2014
Featuring Russian hitmen, professional ballerinas, love triangles, and quilts, this page-turning mystery from Caroll (Justice Seekers series) is part of the publisher’s Quilts of Love series. Olympic hopeful Sophia Montgomery survives a brutal attack that kills her mother, but injuries leave her unable to speak, which hampers an investigation led by detective Julian Frazier. What do Russian mafia guys have against a former ballerina and a young gymnast? Sophia’s estranged Russian grandmother becomes an important link in the case, as does the special memorial quilt made by her mother. Sophia’s future safety depends on Julian’s ability to connect past and present to figure out the whole picture. His attraction to Sophia complicates his investigation, while his personal faith struggles frustrate their budding relationship. Caroll has written an engaging whodunit, with scenes that unfold expertly and keep the action moving and suspense alive. And though the romance plot line is sweetly written, the characters’ faith journeys are also deeply explored. Fans of suspense will be pleased with this light but entertaining read. Agent: Steve Laube, Steve Laube Literary Agency. (Sept.)

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ISBN-13:
9781426796111
Publisher:
Abingdon Press
Publication date:
09/16/2014
Series:
Quilts of Love
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NOOK Book
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500,364
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Hidden in the Stars

Quilts of Love Series


By Robin C. Miller

Abingdon Press

Copyright © 2014 Robin C. Miller
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4267-9611-1


CHAPTER 1

Beep. Beep. Beep.

What on earth was beeping so loudly? And annoyingly.

Sophia Montgomery blinked. Brightness burst through the slit she'd managed to force open. She squeezed her eyes shut tight again and sucked in air.

A strange stench curled her nostrils. It was almost rancid ... disinfectant mingled with sweat. That made no sense ...

There had been two men, banging at the door. Barging in. Knives. Big knives. Grabbing her by the hair and throwing her to the floor. She hit her head against the leg of the chair. The coppery-metallic taste of blood filled her mouth.

Sophia tried again to open her eyes. W-what? she mouthed, but not a sound escaped. Burning shards closed around her throat as she tried to swallow against a gravelly resistance. Dear God, what's happening?

"Shh. Don't try to talk," a woman's crackly voice soothed. "The doctor will be here in a moment."

Doctor? Sophia struggled to sit, but every muscle in her body resisted, a sure sign she'd overdone at practice. Gentle hands eased her still. A cool, damp cloth stroked her forehead.

"You thought you could get away with it?" one of the men had yelled. His breath hissed against her face. Her neck.

She blinked again, this time prepared for the light. Or so she thought. The brilliance burned. She moaned and snapped her eyes closed.

"I'm sorry. Let me turn down the light," the woman whispered in her guttural toned voice.

Click. The sound echoed in Sophia's head.

"There. This should be better."

Sophia tried squinting a third time. While still brighter than the darkness she'd been comfortable in, the light wasn't so searing. She barely made out the figure of a woman at her side, hunching over her bed.

Wait a minute. Something wasn't right. Where was she? God?

"Well, good morning," a man's cheerful voice boomed.

Still squinting, Sophia shifted her gaze to the voice's origin. The fuzzy silhouette moved close to her.

"I'm Dr. Rhoads. Nod if you can hear me okay."

A doctor? What was going on? She nodded and forced her eyes open wider as pain ricocheted around her shoulders.

"Good." Cold hands touched her forehead. She must have reacted in some way because he chuckled softly and said, "Sorry. Everyone says I have the coldest hands in Arkansas."

Arkansas ... but she lived in Texas. Plano. Close to the gym where she trained.

Training! Lord, what is going on?

The doctor shined a light in her eyes, searing them with its intensity. She snapped them closed and turned her head, moving out of his hold.

"I know it's uncomfortable, but I had to check your pupils."

Sophia forced her eyes open, willing them to focus on the man. She could now see his white coat. Dark hair. Big smile—too big. She opened her mouth to ask what was going on, but razors sliced inside her throat.

"Don't try to talk. You sustained serious damage to your throat, including your vocal chords. We're treating the injury, and you've responded well, but you won't be able to talk until the swelling of your larynx subsides considerably."

She closed her eyes as scattered images raced through her mind. Pinned to the floor. The bulky man straddling her, putting all his weight on her abdomen. His hands around her neck. Squeezing. Not enough oxygen! Can't breathe! Tighter. Tighter.

She sucked in air and reached for her neck, but her arms wouldn't lift her hands. Red, hot arrows of pain shot from her shoulders down to her wrists. Oh, God! She opened her eyes wide and looked into her lap. Everything was in clear focus.

Sophia reclined in a hospital bed, the standard white sheet pulled up to her chest. Her arms sat on top of the sheet. Her hands were wrapped in gauze, big as footballs. Her right arm was in a cast up above her elbow.

The skinny man holding a knife to Mamochka's throat. Yelling. Demanding. The bulky one stepping on her right hand with his heavy, big boot. More pressure. The pain! Stop! Harder. Bones snapped. Please, please stop. The sobbing. Hers. Mamochka's.

The pounding of her heart echoed in her head, shoving aside the beeping sound getting faster and louder. No, Lord. Please!

"Calm down, Ms. Montgomery. Your blood pressure is too high. I don't want to have to give you anything right now," the doctor said.

"You must relax now, MIlaya Moyna," the older lady whispered as she patted Sophia's head with the cool cloth again. There was something so familiar about her ... but ... not.

"There you go," Dr. Rhoads said. "Breathe slowly. In through your nose and out through your mouth."

Even breathing hurt, but Sophia controlled her panic. Years of practicing self-control had made her a master despite her fears. Her hands. How would she compete?

"Well done, Ms. Montgomery. I'll go over your injuries with you in detail, if you're ready." Dr. Rhoads stared at her, a single brow raised.

She nodded, sending slicing pain shooting down her spine. Sophia set her jaw and refused to wince.

"Okay." The doctor reviewed her chart. "You have sustained a laryngeal fracture with some mucosal tearing. We're keeping you on voice rest to minimize edema, hematoma formation, and subcutaneous emphysema. We will continue the use of humidified air to reduce crust formation and transient ciliary dysfunction. We'll also continue treatment by use of systemic corticosteroids to retard inflammation, swelling, and fibrosis and to help prevent granulation tissue formation."

Tears threatened, but Sophia blinked them back and concentrated on what the doctor said.

"Since you sustained compound fractures of the larynx, we have you on systemic antibiotics to reduce the high risk of local infection and perichondritis, which may delay healing and promote airway stenosis. You're also taking antireflux medications to reduce granulation tissue formation and tracheal stenosis." Dr. Rhoads smiled. "Of course, this means you can't eat or drink anything for a few more days. Understand so far?"

Sophia swallowed instinctively and regretted it immediately. She didn't understand everything the good doctor said, but she got enough to know her throat was damaged enough that she couldn't talk or eat. Still, it didn't sound permanent, so it was something.

He leaned forward, letting his weight add strength to his hands closed around her throat. No! She couldn't see past his face anymore. His scowl. His eyes. They weren't filled with rage, but just ... empty.

"Sophia? Do you understand?" Dr. Rhoads asked.

She ignored the scattered images and gave a little nod. Her head began to throb in cadence with her heartbeat.

"Good. Moving on ... you've sustained serious, traumatic crush injuries to both of your hands. In surgery, we were able to remove all the tissue we couldn't salvage. We were able to repair most of the damaged blood vessels to reestablish circulation in your fingers. All the broken bones were realigned and stabilized with temporary pins called K-wires and screws. We repaired the damaged tendons and ligaments. Post-op, you're doing great. You should be able to begin physical therapy as soon as the bandages are off." Again, the doctor smiled.

"Tell us." He stepped down on her hand. Pain. Bones cracked. Sophia cried out. "Stop!" Mamochka screamed. "Tell us." He put all his weight on his foot. Bounced. Sophia screamed and tried to roll over to protect her hand. He slung her backward and plopped onto her hips, straddling her.

The image disappeared. She stared at her hands lying gauzed and lifeless in her lap. Everything within her wanted to scream ... cry ... hit something. Why was this doctor smiling? Didn't he get it? Her hands were her life! If she couldn't sustain her weight on her hands, her career was over. Dear Lord, no. Anything but this.

"[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] MIlaya Moyna," the woman whispered.

No, it wasn't okay. And who was this woman to be calling Sophia my sweet? Especially in Russian.

Despite the excruciating pain the movement caused, she twisted her head to meet the woman's stare. Sophia was certain she'd never met the woman before, but there was something ... her eyes. They were just like Mamochka's.

Could it be? The woman looked to be about the right age.

"Now," Dr. Rhoads interrupted her thoughts, "about your pelvic girdle fracture."

Her pelvis was busted, too? He straddled her. Mamochka yelled out. Sophia kicked, trying to buck him off of her. She had to help her mother! He pinned her with his weight. Pain shot through her midsection and hips as if she'd missed a dismount and fell off the balance beam. "You aren't going anywhere. Ever," he whispered as he leaned over her and wrapped his hands around her neck.

Unaware of her agony, the doctor continued. "There's only one breaking point along the pelvic ring, with limited disruption to the pelvic bone and no internal or external bleeding. This means your pelvis is still secure despite the injury, and we can expect a prognosis of a quick, successful and complete recovery."

Great. So her pelvis would have a complete recovery. She could live without being able to talk. But would her hands totally recover? If so, when?

She closed her eyes, refusing the tears access. All her life, coaches and instructors had drilled into her head crying was not an option. Tears were to be saved for her pillow.

So many before her had sustained injuries and left the circuit, only to never return. Was it her fate? Abba!

"The rest of your injuries are minor cuts and bruises that should heal without incident. Several areas required stitches. You have a laceration at the back of your head where you were hit from behind—"

"Doctor," a man's deep voice cut off Dr. Rhoads.

Even though things were a little fuzzy to Sophia right now, even she didn't miss the frown etched into the doctor's brow.

Dr. Rhoads smiled at her. "Ms. Montgomery, you were very lucky. With the extent of your injuries, you could have been in a coma."

The other man cleared his throat.

The doctor frowned as he looked at her. "Now, if you feel up to it, there's a detective here who would like to ask you a few questions. Only if you feel up to it. Do you?"

A detective? She swallowed, then regretted it, but still nodded.

The doctor nodded and stepped back. "Keep it brief, please, Detective. She needs her rest." Dr. Rhoads patted the bed beside her feet. "I'll be back later to check on you."

"Ms. Montgomery, I'm Detective Frazier." There was the deep voice again, authoritative, but with a hint of danger.

Sophia stared at him as he stepped into her line of vision, and took a full inventory of her first impression of him. Hard to gauge his height since she was in the bed, but he stood taller than Dr. Rhoads. Even though it was short, his black hair held a wave. He had broad shoulders and muscular arms apparent under the short-sleeve, button-down Oxford shirt he wore. He was probably no more than twenty-eight or so, at least in her estimation based upon the weariness in his face covered in stubble. His chin was cut and his cheekbones well defined. His nose had been broken at least once. But it was his eyes drawing her attention. They were so dark they appeared like a bar of dark chocolate.

Then again, maybe it was just her distorted vision.


* * *

Detective Julian Frazier had been silently assessing Sophia Montgomery from the corner of her hospital room since she'd been brought here following her surgery. Over the last two and a half hours, he'd gotten over the shock of her appearance. He'd been a cop for enough years that the damage a victim sustained shouldn't have affected him, but he'd seen the pictures of Sophia Montgomery before the assault and to see her now ...

He pushed off the wall he'd been leaning against and approached her bedside. "I have a few questions. Do you know who you are?"

She nodded, and unless he was imagining things, she actually rolled her eyes.

Attitude. Good. She'd need it. According to the doctors, she had a long, painful road to recovery in front of her. "Do you know where you are?"

She stared at him from her swollen, cut, and bruised face. There wasn't one square inch of her face and neck without some visible sign of her assault. Even her lips were cut and cracked as she tried to lick them. With her head resting on the pillow, she gave a nod.

"Do you know why you're here?" he asked, flexing and unflexing his fingers against the coolness of the hospital room. It might be June outside, but the nurses had set the thermostat low enough it felt like winter in the critical care ward.

She blinked.

Then again.

He met her stare with his own. Something about how small she was and the damage inflicted on her, yet that she'd survived, nearly undid him. He'd overheard the nurses talking. They'd seen more people struck by vehicles with less damage than Sophia had endured. Whoever had attacked Sophia Montgomery and her mother had been especially vicious. Julian couldn't stand it. Whoever was responsible would face justice.

"Do you know why you're here?" he asked her again.

She tilted her head to the side. With her injuries, it had to hurt.

"You're unsure?"

She nodded.

Great. If she didn't remember anything, it would make his job so much more difficult. As it was, he was at a loss as to how he'd proceed at this point. With her extensive injuries, she couldn't speak and couldn't write, so how he was supposed to get her statement was more than a little confusing. He'd definitely have to think outside the box on this one.

She mouthed something. He couldn't tell what. She mouthed it again. It was one syllable, but he couldn't make it out. She mouthed it a third time.

"I'm sorry, but I don't understand." He snapped his fingers. "Let me get someone to help, okay?"

She nodded, but not before she shot him a look of pure frustration.

He could relate. Ever since he'd been called to the crime scene at almost eleven last night, frustration had been his constant companion. Frustrated this had happened. Frustrated no one had gotten there in time. Frustrated there were no immediate suspects.

Julian turned and stepped out of the hospital room, grabbing his cell phone from his hip. He quickly called his partner.

"She awake?" Brody Alexander asked without greeting. His partner was not one to waste time or breath with small talk when there was work to be done.

"Yep. Listen, we need to get Charlie up here ASAP to read her lips, so I can take her statement." Julian stared over his shoulder at Sophia's small and broken form lying so helplessly in the hospital bed. "And send some uniforms. I want someone posted by her room twenty-four-seven until we know what's going on."

"Got it." Brody hung up, business concluded. He might have an abrupt personality that had earned his reputation as an unappealing partner, but he suited Julian. After what happened with Eli, he wanted someone like Brody Alexander: all business.

He needed someone like Brody.

Julian put his cell back in its belt clip, strode back into the hospital room, and observed. It had taken the police some time to locate Alena Borin as Sophia's next of kin, only finding the connection through Sophia's mother's maiden name. The older woman fussed over Sophia, but Sophia didn't look like she recognized her grandmother. Maybe she had suffered some sort of brain injury in the attack. It would make his job much more difficult.

But not impossible. Because Julian refused to let whoever was behind this go unpunished. Someone would pay for this violence. He owed it to Sophia and her mother. The image of Sophia at the crime scene was one he would never forget. It would probably haunt him forever.

He returned to Sophia's bedside. Her eyes were guarded as she watched Alena Borin's every move: straightening the covers, gently bathing her forehead with the damp cloth. Sophia shifted her focus to collide with his gaze.

The uncertainty in her stare tugged at something buried deep within him. Something he didn't want to pull out and inspect. He cleared his throat until Ms. Borin gave him her attention.

"I've called in a lip reader to take Ms. Montgomery's statement," he said to her privately, in a low enough voice Sophia couldn't hear him. "This will take some time, and I'm sorry, but you can't be present. Why don't you go have some lunch?"

The older lady scowled at him, shaking her head.

"Ma'am, you don't have a choice. This is official police business."

She glanced down at Sophia, then back to him. "I will not leave her alone."

"She won't be alone. I'll be here the entire time, and there will be officers outside her door within the hour."

A long moment passed. She didn't say anything, nor did she move.

"Ma'am ..."

Ms. Borin snatched up her purse. She smiled at Sophia. "I will be back in less than an hour, MIlaya Moyna." After patting the foot of the bed and throwing Julian another glare, she marched out of the hospital room.


(Continues...)

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Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin Caroll is a southerner through and through. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others, stories steeped in the deep love of family heritage that Robin’s mother instilled in her and that is now woven into each of her 22 published novels. When she isn’t writing, Robin spends time with her husband of 20-plus years, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home in Little Rock, Arkansas. She gives back to the writing community by serving as conference directory for ACFW. Her books have been named finalists in such contests as the Carol Award, HOLT Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, RT Reviewer's Choice Award, Bookseller's Best, and Book of the Year.

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Hidden in the Stars: Quilts of Love Series 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Readers-Corner2 More than 1 year ago
Hidden in the Stars is a nice, refreshing mystery from Robin Caroll. The is only the second story I have read in the Quilts of Love series, but I feel it is a great addition. Anyone who knows me knows I like a story that keeps me guessing to the end. This story did just that. Another very good story penned by Robin Caroll.
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
An engaging, romantic suspense read, kept me up late at night--had a hard time putting it down! First book I've read by Robin Caroll, found myself hooked from beginning to end, with the mystery surrounding the murders, Sophia's family history, and the heirloom quilt. Inspired by the faith of some of the characters, even through traumatic events, and the spiritual reawakening of the detective. Recommend for inspirational suspense fans. [Thank you to the author and publisher for the complimentary copy of this book; this is my unsolicited, honest review.]
iblog4books More than 1 year ago
Hidden in the Stars packs a powerful punch in a relatively short number of pages! The premise is incredibly sad—Sophia left completely alone, injured, without the ability to speak after being brutally attacked in her mother's home. However, the author does a great job bringing people along to help push the story forward, solve the crime, and befriend Sophia. Sophia's trust in the Lord is refreshing, and her friendships with Charlie and Julian are an uplifting part of the story. This book was emotional, intense, sweet, and a true roller coaster. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and I will definitely be looking up more of Robin Caroll's books in the future. [4 stars] I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.
JamieLittle More than 1 year ago
Sophia Montgomery wakes up in an unfamiliar place, a hospital room.  She is unable to speak and can only remember flashes of the event that landed her there. Though she is unable to speak, she is able to reconnect with her estranged grandmother, as well as a police officer and a lip reader. As she reconnects, she begins to remember things from her past and struggles to figure out why she was attacked by men who killed her mother. Although frustrated because the eyewitness in a major murder the police officer, Julian, begins to care for Sophia and helps her to uncover a secret that has been hidden a quilt Sophia’s mother made long ago. This is one of the best books I’ve read in the Quilts of Love series, due in large part to the fact that it wasn’t just another love story that somehow involved a quilt.  Hidden in the Stars is full of mystery, suspense and Russian mobs. It grabbed my attention from the first page and help onto it tightly until I closed the book. While there was a bit of romance to the story, that wasn’t the focus of it, it just happened to be there. I really enjoyed this story and felt myself really connecting with the main character, Sophia, on her journey of discovering the truth. The author wrote a beautiful story that is sure to keep the reader engaged from cover to cover. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Robin Caroll  in her new book, “Hidden in the Stars” Book Twenty-One in the Quilts of Love Series published by Abingdon Press brings us into the life of Sophia Montgomery. From the back cover:   A quilt holds the secret to a killer still at large—and who his next victim will be. Following an attack that killed her mother and stole her ability to speak, 21-year-old Sophia Montgomery has no choice but to accept her estranged grandmother’s offer to return to their family home. Although detective Julian Frazier is working hard on the case, Sophia unknowingly frustrates him because her inability to speak thwarts her eyewitness evidence. The fact that Julian is undeniably attracted to Sophia doesn’t help either, so Julian hides his feelings as concern for a trauma victim and focuses instead on finding the killer. Little do they know, the clues to solving the case may be right in front of them, displayed in Sophia’s mother’s “special” quilt design. Who will realize the secret Sophia’s unwittingly been hiding in plain sight? When the truth comes to light, will Sophia find her voice again? Or will the murderer—still at large—silence her forever? A Home invasion from Russian speaking terrorists that torture Sophie and, eventually, kill her mother. Now the trauma has left her speechless and she cannot use her hands because of the torture. The terrorists wanted something but what? The answer is in the quilt but no one knows that either. This is a suspense mystery thriller that will keep you flipping pages as the investigation kicks into high gear trying to find out just what in the world is going on. Ms. Caroll knows how to ignite the fuse and keep it burning all the way to the end without giving anything away. And on top of everything this is a romance. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
What a suspenseful book! It starts out with an intense scene and doesn't slow down. I admired the tenacity and grit of Sophia, who does her best to help with the investigation even though she's suffering from her injuries and grief. Her inability to speak and use of a lip-reading interpreter was a unique and interesting angle. Julian is a fabulous hero, and I loved the scenes with him and Sophia together. The grandmother brought forward information Sophia never knew about her mother's past, and it was sad that the desire for success and prestige over love tore apart relationships. I was biting my nails as the tension stays taut while the detectives hurry to solve the case before the killer strikes again. Woven throughout is Sophia's personal spiritual journey as she turns to God to help her find new purpose in her life. (Thank you to Abingdon Press and Litfuse Publicity for providing a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review )
Nutz2read More than 1 year ago
Sweet romance - 3.5 stars Hidden in the Stars, Robin Caroll’s newest book, is part of the Quilts of Love series published by Abingdon Press. I was very excited to read this book, since I’m a big fan of Ms. Caroll’s, and I am happy to say that I really enjoyed it. It pulled me in quickly and held my attention until the end. Hidden in the Stars is about a young woman, Sophia Montgomery, who wakes up in the hospital after being assaulted. She is the sole witness to her mother’s murder, but due to injuries, is unable to speak or write. The detective assigned to the case, Julian Frazier, wants to find the men who attacked her, but without her account of what happened, he doesn’t know how they will accomplish it. I really liked Sophia’s character. She has been through a lot and is facing the loss of a dream she has been working toward her whole life, but she is still strong, spunky and determined to press forward. She is a very realistic character and I enjoyed getting to know her. Her faith in God is her foundation and she prays often through the book, but not so much as to become overwhelming. I relished her friendship with Charlie, a friend of Julian’s, because it brought a bit of humor to what could have been a very heavy novel. Her relationship with a grandmother she didn’t know also brought an interesting angle to the story. Julian was a bit of a stereotypical hero. He is strong, kind, protective, and determined to catch Sophia’s attacker and her mother’s killer. I couldn’t connect with him as much as I did Sophia. He was a bit awkward at times and there were a couple times I laughed in disbelief at something he said. I had to wonder who decided how he should be portrayed, because he wasn’t overly realistic. I did like the story coming from his point of view, though, because we get a glimpse into the world of murder investigations and forensics through his eyes. I found the romance to be really sweet. Since this book doesn’t cover a very large span of time, I really appreciated that though the chemistry between them was obvious, it didn’t move too fast. We’re left with them expressing their desire to get to know each other better, rather than an unrealistic declaration of love. While this story moves quickly and smoothly, I found the mystery a little bit lacking. I thought it was pretty obvious who the villain was, though I didn’t figure out the why until later. I’m not sure this book was supposed to be overly suspenseful, though it is labeled suspense, which leaves me a little up in the air about my opinion regarding that. If it is supposed to be mainly a romance, then it was great, but if it is supposed to be suspenseful, then there was something missing. I also found the ending to be a bit abrupt. It was wrapped up very quickly and left me feeling like I had missed something. I recommend this book if you’re looking for a quick read with light romance and a bit of suspense. I received an Advanced Reading Copy of this book from the publisher through The Christian Manifesto for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting book and I liked both of the main characters. I felt sorry for Sophia Montgomery, who was the victim of a brutal attack that left her mother dead. As the book progresses, she learns many disturbing things about members of her family, however, she is a very good example of someone with a strong faith in God. The things she went through and what she learned could have crippled someone without that faith. Even when she was at her weakest, she leaned on God. Detective Julian Frazier was not a man of faith. When his partner died, his confidence in God disappeared and he changed. Watching him find his faith in God again was a really touching part of this story. I really liked Julian and the fact that he and Sophia felt such an immediate attraction to each other without realizing the other felt the same. This book was written from both Sophia and Julian’s perspectives. It was fun to watch the feelings for each other develop through the story. I also really enjoyed watching the detectives work through the evidence to discover who the men were who attacked Sophia and her mother. The mystery behind the attack, and the way it was revealed piece by piece was interesting and creative. Thank you to Abingdon Press and Litfuse Publicity for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Robin Caroll's name is synonymous with Christian suspense and if you have ever read any of her novels you know just what I mean. For those of you that haven't and love a great novel that literally will keep you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next proverbial shoe to drop, you might want to check her out. She is also the latest author contributing her writing talents to the Quilts of Love Series, in her addition, Hidden in the Stars. Even though these are all part of an ongoing series, they are truly stand alone novels and can be read in any order, but what a way of introducing readers into the talented writing styles of some great Christian authors. Hidden in the Stars involves Sophia Montgomery, an upcoming new Olympic gymnast who has finally taken all her hard work and is on her way to the Olympics. At least she was until two men showed up at her home with what looked like a home invasion, and began to assault her and her mother Nina, speaking in Russian. Knowing enough Russian, she had the basic understanding that the men wanted something from her mother and would not leave until they got it. What she didn't plan on, was that they would stop at NOTHING to get it, even torturing her daughter Sophie, first with crushing her hands, and then choking her to the point of dying. All Sophie knows when she wakes up is she can't talk, her hands are badly damaged and bandaged and she is facing a detective who has a load of questions for her to answer. But how will she be able to convey what she saw if she can't speak or write? Detective Julian Fraiser knows that the person he is looking at in the hospital bed is more than lucky to be alive. He has seen car accident victims look less beat up and still die. He isn't sure just how much time he has, but he knows this, he will do whatever it takes to find out who did this to Sophie and why! I received Hidden in the Stars by Robin Caroll compliments of Abingdon Press and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions contained here are strictly my own. This is such an intense novel because there is that unknown element of wondering just what the men wanted who brutally assaulted Sophie and her mother and what is the meaning behind the Russian language that was spoken. You are turning pages as fast as you can read in an effort to know what will happen. Like all great suspense stories, if you can twist the plotline enough to keep the reader engaged but not so lost they give up, but still leave them surprised at the end, I believe you have succeeded as a suspense author and Robin Caroll clearly has done that in this novel. This is the 21st novel in the Quilts of Love series and includes a Reader Discussion Guide at the conclusion. Well worth 4.5 out of 5 stars in my opinion. You also get a sneak peek at Quilted for Christmas, the next novel in the series coming soon.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
Is The Lord God a dictator, or do we have free will?  If something bad happens to us, does that mean The Lord has lost control or doesn't care about us?  Can children go wrong even if they have loving parents?  These questions are dealt with in entertaining and mysterious ways in this story from the Quilts Of Love series. Young Olympic class gymnast, Sophia Montgomery, has lost her ability to speak because of injuries she has suffered in an attack that resulted in her mother's murder.  To find who and why this has happened, lip reader, Charlie, has been brought in to help her detective friend, Julian Frazier, communicate with Sophia.  Ballet stars, Russian immigrants, and isolated family members are involved in this mystery that draws people together in a unique and possibly dangerous way, around a special quilt. I was pleasantly surprised by the exquisite way the mystery, romance, family, and quilt came together to create a unique story that emphasis The Lord God's love and care for us.  This book drew me in immediately and kept me reading it through one setting.  Looking forward to reading more from this series.