New Beginnings Book One: Lost then Found [NOOK Book]


Skip-tracer Renee Stratford-Knight's life is becoming stable again. Eighteen months prior, the murder of her sister and the soon-to-follow collapse of her marriage left her reeling. She made it through those dark days with the help of family, embracing faith and starting her own skip-tracing business, New Beginnings, which specializes in relocating abused women. Now, her ex-husband -- and former business partner -- Jonas Knight shows up asking ...
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Skip-tracer Renee Stratford-Knight's life is becoming stable again. Eighteen months prior, the murder of her sister and the soon-to-follow collapse of her marriage left her reeling. She made it through those dark days with the help of family, embracing faith and starting her own skip-tracing business, New Beginnings, which specializes in relocating abused women. Now, her ex-husband -- and former business partner -- Jonas Knight shows up asking about her most vulnerable client.

Jonas knows his ex-wife helped embezzler Gina Howard elude the authorities and plans to bring the young woman to justice. When Renee is threatened, Jonas grows suspicious of his client's reason for finding his niece. In order to uncover the secrets their clients hold, Jonas and Renee must struggle through distrust and the pain of their pasts to work together to save the life of a teenage girl -- and their own.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013659216
  • Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc
  • Publication date: 10/31/2011
  • Series: New Beginnings , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 576,227
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Since Christina can remember, books have been one of her loves. There was nothing better than picking up a story and finding herslef in a new place and greeting new friends or becoming reacquainted with old ones. In the ninth grade, she and a friend decidd to write a teenage romance together. The friend lost interest but it was the start of a lifelong passion and dream for her.

She served as a legal specialist at J.A.G. of the US Army and has also worked as a paralegal, a librarian, and a church secretary. Previously, she had three mystery novels published. her first novel, /Parental Source/, was 2003 Library of Virginia Literary Award nominee.

Christina writes inspirational romantic suspense novels that feature heroines and heroes willing to risk their lives in order to find their hope, promise and a future in a world set to destroy them.
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  • Posted July 8, 2014

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    Dollycas┬┐s Thoughts This is an exceptional start for this se

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    This is an exceptional start for this series. Freeburn draws you right in as the reader strives to understand what broke up Renee and Jonas Knight. Both are skip-tracers but Renee is taking her skills in a different direction. They soon find their cases are intertwined so it is hard for them to avoid each other. Plus there is a huge secret that is revealed and changes everything.

    These characters are so fully developed from the start. You know Renee’s faith is a huge part of her life and she leans on it heavily in her work. She helps to relocate battered women, a cause that touched her family personally. Jonas was abandoned as a child and really doesn’t have much faith at all. He has serious trust issues and takes on a burden that is not really his.

    This is an inspirational story in that Renee prays for God’s help throughout the book. She wants to do the right things, trust the right people and follow God’s path for her life but she has a really hard time with forgiveness.

    There are several supporting characters that also shine in this story. Renee’s brother Alex and her friend Danita work with Renee at New Beginnings. She is confident is Danita’s abilities but is afraid to let Alex get too involved. She wants to keep her little brother safe. Renee’s parents also help battered women and are working to set up a shelter.

    The author has given us a suspenseful plot while blending in the spiritual and romantic elements flawlessly.

    This is a cause near and dear to my heart and I am thrilled with the way Christina Freeburn highlights this type of violence in this series. Although I have learned from family experience domestic violence cuts both ways. It is not always the woman or children that are the abused parties.

    I can’t wait to read, Led Astray (New Beginnings Book 2)!!

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  • Posted July 4, 2014

    4 STARS I liked reading Lost and Found. It had some good twist

    4 STARS

    I liked reading Lost and Found. It had some good twists, characters are ones that I cared about and would enjoy seeing more of in the future. It dealt with some hard subjects of abuse and what happens when they stay or what happens when you run.

    When Renee's sister was murdered by her husband it affected a lot of lives. Members of her family changed professions, it broke up her marriage. Renee is now hiding those who need to run to protect them.

    Jonas is hired to find a girl who stole a check. He figured out that his ex-wife is hiding her. He is afraid that Renee will be brought in for hiding a thief. He just wants to turn the check back over to his client.

    Someone is out to get Renee and is putting her in danger. She just wants to protect those who need it. She is hurt by her ex-husband leaving her when she needed him the most.

    There are a bunch of characters in this book who I would like to know what happens next in their lives. I like Renee's family even though they got divorced they still care about each other.

    For most of the story you are not sure who to trust or not to trust.

    Their is plenty of drama, action, danger and relationships with each other. You want Renee and Jonas to communicate better and forgive each other and themselves for their past actions. I did not want to put the book down till I was through reading it.

    I like reading Christina Freeburn's books and will read more of them in the future.

    I was given this ebook to read and agreed to give honest review of it and be part of its blog tour.

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  • Posted February 8, 2012

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    Reviewed by Lynn F. for Readers Favorite "Lost Then Found" by Christina Freeburn is the first book in her 'New Beginnings Series'. A Christian based suspense thriller with a touch of sweet romance, it will keep the reader wondering throughout how it is going to end. Jonas Knight and his ex wife Renee are both skip tracers, better known for the ability to hide a person, give them a new name and identity and provide new beginnings. When a troubled teen comes to New Beginnings, Renee finds her a safe place to live and a new name. Little does she know at this time what a commotion this is going to cause. As Jonas tries to find the guilt to bring them to justice, Renee is hiding them. Only one problem is there, whose story will she believe? The one she is hiding or that of Jonas? When Gina Howard is accused of stealing a half million dollar check from her uncle, Jonas is hired to find her. When Ashe tries to work with Renee to bring her back from hiding emotions continue to flare up between them. Renee blames Jonas for her sister’s death and Jonas blames himself. How can these two work together when there is no trust there? When they finally compromise and work together, the truth finally comes out. But can they save Gina before her uncle gets to her? This is a very enjoyable, clean suspense novel that is not preachy although Christian based. It shows how there has to be a new beginning to regain what has been lost when one has one's trust broken in a person or does not know the full circumstances. Here Renee blames Jonas in order to take the blame off of her and her brother. The main characters Jonas and Renee lend much support to the novel along with the secondary characters. A lesson learned is that placing the fault on someone else does not help you at all. It will eventually eat away at you till you have to finally confess and forgive not only the person you faulted but yourself as well. This is not a long book and can be read in an evening by most readers. If you are looking for a sweet romance-suspense book then I recommend "Lost Then Found".

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  • Posted January 17, 2012

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    An exciting romantic suspense

    Freeburn crafts a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat with "Lost Then Found." Jonas Knight is a skip tracer - a person who is an expert at helping to hide others - so is his ex-wife, Renee, who he still harbors feelings for. When his partner, Peter, asks him to help find someone, Jonas reluctantly agrees knowing the case will pit him against Renee. Gina Howard has a reason to get lost - she's a minor and her uncle, Eric, is trying to cheat her out of her inheritance. Eric is a dangerous man and Renee has hidden Gina well. Eric has two weeks to find Gina before she turns of age, and he puts pressure on Peter to find her. Peter involves Jonas. Jonas still has deep feelings for Renee, yet he knows she's determined to protect Gina no matter the cost. Renee hasn't forgiven Jonas for his involvement in her sister's Melody's murder, and while Jonas didn't commit the crime, Renee's resentment runs deep. As soon as Jonas starts poking around Renee's business, trouble follows them. They're attacked, shot at, and run off the road. The deeper Jonas becomes involved, the more aggressive the hunter is. Jonas realizes the right thing to do is to ensure Gina's well-being and keep Renee safe despite the attraction that flares up between them. Can he unlock the secrets that threaten his world before his pursuer catches him? Freeburn's penned a taunt romantic suspense that will have the reader turning the pages to find out what will happen next. Her writing is sharp and crisp, engaging the reader with ease. The characters are complex and interesting. Jonas truly is a "knight" in shining amour, coming to Renee's rescue over and over again. However, he hides his inner pain behind a stoic mask, rarely letting anyone see his heart. Renee puts up a strong façade, but her soul is tormented by conflicting emotions regarding Jonas. For her to heal, she must find it in her heart to forgive him. What I liked best about the novel was how the inspirational message grew organically within the storytelling so I didn't feel like I was "preached" to. Freeburn does two things well - entwining the "lost" immediacy of Gina's plight with the "lost" aching between Renee and Jonas over their failed marriage, attacking both issues, then showing the showing the journey for all to be "found," giving the title a two-fold meaning. The novel is "sweet" for romance readers with Jonas and Renee sharing a kiss or two. Overall, "Lost Then Found" is a pulse-pounding read that will resonate with the reader long after they've finished the story.

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