After more than 25 years of hiding the truth, Chella's past has finally caught up with her. The body of a young woman is found on the edge of Chella's property. As she investigates the mysterious death, she discovers the woman is connected with her hidden past. Will Chella's dark secret finally be her undoing and ruin the life she has built with her husband and sons? Will they ever forgive her for lying to them all these years? Grab this stirring story of intrigue, deception, danger, suspense, and redemption now to find out!
|Publisher:||Parson Place Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)|
About the Author
American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis 2010 finalist Valerie Massey Goree lives in the Texas Hill Country northwest of San Antonio with her husband of thirty-seven years. She was born in South Africa and grew up in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. She and her husband served as missionaries in Zimbabwe where their two children were born. After twenty-five years in the Texas public school system working with students with special needs, Valerie retired and spends her time writing, reading, gardening, and indulging in her favorite hobby––spoiling her granddaughter.
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Deceive Me Once based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
The main character is a woman who finds a dead body on her ranch which in turn catapults her back to her past that includes a tragedy that she feels guilty about. Through the love of her husband and her desire to solve a mystery, she realizes some things about herself, her past, and her faith that change her forever.This is an inspirational book which draws you in quickly. A must read!
As the saying goes, "don't judge a book by its cover", this book is really good even though the cover looks plain. Maricella "Chella" McDonough keeps her past a secret from her husband and sons. Until one day, she accidentally finds the dead body of a young girl on her property. She doesn't know who the girl was, but she somehow looked familiar. When her puppy Brutus brings her a half-heart necklace, she is sure that this girl is connected to her past. As she tries to uncover the mystery that has something to do with the necklace and the dead girl along with her daughter-in-law Teresa, she finds out that her childhood friend, Eva is still alive, but paralyzed after an involvement in a car accident. She also learns that the dead girl, Angelica is actually her friend's daughter. Eva tells her that she thinks her husband Hector is the one who rammed her car, causing her serious injuries and killed her daughter. Fearing her friend's safety, she seeks help from her childhood friend, now a police officer, Raymond Reyes. This story is full of suspense and mystery, and I really love this. It is also fast-paced and interesting. I finish this book in a short time, and I think the author has done a great job in writing this book, though I'm not convinced by the part where the perpetrators explained everything to Chella because she want answers before her death, thereby fulfilling her "last wish". Why would they want to tell her anything at all, much less everything? The author also inserted some scriptures from the Bible. The main character, Chella, doesn't think of herself as a true Christian, because although she goes to church with her husband, she hasn't accepted in truth. But this changes as her faith in God grows and she prays for guidance and help. In a nutshell, this is a well-written and enjoyable story, narrated in first person by Chella. I would recommend it to mystery lovers and Christian readers alike.