Not This Time: A Novel

Not This Time: A Novel

by Vicki Hinze
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Not This Time: A Novel by Vicki Hinze

Small town scandal. International terrorist attack. Who among them is the traitor?
 
Sara and Beth have built a multi-million dollar business together, but their once solid friendship is now strained. Beth is leery of Sara’s husband, and when he is kidnapped, authorities consider Beth their prime suspect.
 
Then, their small town of Seagrove Village is rocked by an act of terrorism, and Beth doesn’t know who to trust. Someone she knows is linked to the attack, but who? Is there a connection to Crossroads Crisis Center? In the midst of the confusion and fear, Beth finds herself attracted to a man from her past. She knows she shouldn’t fall in love with him, but she can’t resist or even explain their bond. As her world unravels around her, she wonders, is it possible to be beyond redemption?


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781601422750
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/21/2012
Series: Crossroads Crisis Center
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 232,428
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Vicki Hinze is an award-winning author of multiple novels including Forget Me Not and Deadly Ties. Hinze’s willingness to take risks in writing and genre has earned her a reputation for trail-blazing skill. She holds a Master of Arts in Creative Writing and a Doctorate in Philosophy, Theocentric Business & Ethics and served as vice president on the International Thriller Writers Board of Directors. She lives in Florida with her husband.

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Not This Time 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the plot...but the digital edition really is bad...missing completed sentences. Sentences that just end in mid-stream.
timetravel More than 1 year ago
I have mixed feelings on Vicki Hinze's new book, Not This Time. Vicki is a very good writer of Christian fiction, but I think this one has a problem with too much background information at the beginning. The first few chapters were nearly impossible to follow even though I had read one of the previous books in this series. I wish I had read the second before this one. Multiple new people were introduced on every page, and although the author tried very hard to explain each character, I was totally lost. I actually stopped and started the book over. It didn't help because I was still lost and rather frustrated by it. I decided to just forget the first part and just plow through, and it turned out to be a good story. Not This Time is a more of a thriller rather than a mystery with characters that are government agents chasing an international criminal ring. The characters were varied and interesting. The topics of faith, hope, and forgiveness were evident throughout the book. One character struggles with her criminal behavior and seeks forgiveness. This was a wonderful addition to this book to show God’s love and forgiveness for the worst of the worst. I don’t normally read romantic novels, but I have to say that I enjoyed the romance that developed between Beth and Joe. Beth was hurt and humiliated by a previous love and trusting “ladies man” Joe was difficult. Their relationship had to progress slowly. Joe, too, had past issues, and he gradually opened up about his Cajun upbringing. I enjoyed the book, but I would recommend reading the first two in the Crossroads Crisis Center series before this one or be prepared to make a flow-chart to keep track of characters! I was provided a review copy of Not This Time by Vicki Hinze in return for an honest review.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Not this Time is the third in a series of suspense novels by Vicki Hinze, set in the small Florida town of Seagrove Village. A large cast of characters includes many whose story’s might be told in earlier volumes. Not having the read the preceding novels I found myself struggling to remember who was who in the first part of this tale, and references to Shadow Watchers and NINA had me unsure what was real and what imagined till the story took off. There’s a fantastic first scene that certainly had me eager to read on, and I enjoyed the level of believable faith in the characters’ interactions—real people struggling with real faith questions in situations that stretch the boundaries of hope. Faith, hope and love characterize this novel, with romance, suspense and drama intertwined. The interplay between good and evil leaves pleasing space for redemption, and as things get progressively worse, there’s always room to believe the good guys will win. The action’s maybe over the top, but that says more about my usual choice of novel than about the writing. An exciting suspense story with Christian characters, redemptive themes, and convincing hope in the face of kidnap, terrorism and more, Not This Time is a fine evening’s read that leaves me thinking I might want to try reading books one and two some day. Disclosure: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
Homesteading More than 1 year ago
Do you really know your neighbors? Not This Time is the third book in the Crossroad Crisis Center series and if you love a suspenseful story that will keep you up late then this is the one for you! The pacing was rapid with barely a moment to breathe that made it hard to put down. It totally drew me in and had me flipping the pages as fast I could read them. Spellbinding suspense kept me thinking of possible scenarios each time I had to lay it aside. My favorite character is Joe. He’s a Shadow Watcher, part of an elite group that is hunting NINA, a terrorist organization, and their operatives. He’s introduced in book two, Deadly Ties, and I was so happy to see him spotlighted in his own story. Of course, he’s not an attention hog, so we get lots of face time with Beth, Sara, and Jeff who are trying to figure out who is behind the latest attack and a murder or two, in Seagrove Village. But Joe has a special something. Maybe it’s his Cajun drawl that surfaces, and the pitch of his voice, when he’s talking to Beth. He unconsciously slips into his “real” self around her, trusting her with his secrets. And boy howdy, there are some big secrets in Seagrove Village! I was shocked to find out the identities of some of the terrorists, and I’m usually pretty good at ferreting out the bad guys. Some of the scenes are so sad but there’s a theme of redemption that is unquestionably one of the best I have ever read. Not This Time, along with Forget Me Not and Deadly Ties, has a place of honor on my bookshelf because I will be reading and re-reading them for years to come! WaterBrook Multnomah provided a copy of the book for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review, just my opinion of the book, which I have done. No compensation has been received.
themiraclesnook More than 1 year ago
Not this time By Vicki Hinze is the third on a series. I am telling you this so you will read this series starting with book one. I enjoyed this book very much but wished I would have started this series with book one because there was a few areas in the book that I was lost and sort of confused because I had not read the first two. I will say this book is so exciting. I could not stop reading it. This book takes you to Seagrove in Florida a small town. You will meet Beth Dawson and Sara Jones-Tayton. They are in Business together. You will meet Detective Jeff Meyers. Detective Meyers is in chapter one where he comes late to a wedding only to find a horrible chemical smell and everyone on the floor. The wedding is a deadly one. I could not wait to see what, who and when from this chapter. Then it happens Sara’s husband does not come home and his rental car is found with blood in it. I am going to quit now because this book is good. I want to keep it as suspenseful for you as it was for me. I will be getting the first two in the series. This book was so good that I am giving it 5 stars. I really liked it and have to say you really need to read this book! You will not be sorry. I want to advise you to start reading it on a day when you do not have to put the book down because if you don’t you will find you’re wishing you could be reading the book and wandering what’s happing in the story and how will it end. Now is the time in my blog where I have to tell you I got this complimentary book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for my review. The review above is my own opinions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept my interest throughout the book. I would recommend this book.
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I recently read Not This Time by Vicki Hinze. The challenge - I just couldn't seem to get focused on the book. I would read a few pages at swimming lessons, but just wasn't caught up in the book. Despite my slow start, I am so glad that I didn't give up on the book. It turned out to be an amazing, page-turner that I couldn't put down. There were a few nights where I stayed up later than I should have once I got into the book, but I simply had to know what happened next and would have stayed up longer, if I hadn't considered when I would have to get up the next morning. I think that part of the challenge to get started was that I was trying to read it in short snippets at the natatorium, while I my daughter called out "Mommy, watch this" (her teacher has to love her need to call out to me the whole class). I think the other part was that it took me a while to identify with the characters, to get to know them. Turns out that this book was the third in a series, so whereas it is a great stand alone read, there likely was some expectation that you could jump into the story - when it picked up at some point after the last one left off. It actually wasn't until I got to the end that I actually realized that there had been two other books in the series. I probably should have realized it sooner - the other two books are called out on the cover, I just didn't realize that they were from the same series, I figured that they were just two other well known books by the author. Lately, I seem to have a knack for picking up a later book in a series. In many instances, it has not been an issue. Once I knew the characters, I was happy to go back and read the earlier books in the series. Unfortunately, I'm not sure that this is the case with Not This Time. You see, it is a suspense series, and there were several references back to the events of those earlier stories. I would love to go back and learn a little more about the characters and how they were shaped, but I already know how it ends. Is a suspense story any good if you know, at least to some degree, how it turns out because you know where things wound up later (ie in the last book). The good news for me is that Vicki Hinze has written several other books and has a few upcoming books - so there are still many options for me to read more books by her. Not This Time is the third book (as I mentioned) in the Crossroads Crisis Center series. The story is focused around Sara and Beth. Together they have built a strong business and friendship. When Sara gets married to a man that Beth can't trust, their otherwise strong friendship is challenged. Sara pushes Beth away, sharing cryptic information like protect yourself from me. When he is kidnapped, Beth becomes a suspect in his disappearance. The story follows their journey to find Sara's husband. Along the way, Beth is falling in love - it is always a nice touch when you can weave in a bit of a love story. It soon becomes obvious that there are 'villains' amongst them, making them unsure of who they can trust and who they can't. I would recommend this book. You may want to consider starting at the beginning of the series, but even if you don't it is a fully contained story that is well worth the read. A copy of the book was provided through Blogging for Books.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Posted on Romancing the Book's blog Reviewed by Ursula Review Copy Provided by Edelweiss Beth Dawson and Sara Jones-Tayton run a successful software business called SaBe that assists the government with security issues. After a whirl wind courtship Sara marries the mysterious Robert Tayton. With Beth and Sara’s relationship now strained due to Robert, Beth becomes the prime suspect when Robert is kidnapped. After an act of terrorism and Robert’s kidnapping, Beth life is turned upside down. Beth will have to rely on her faith and a man from her past to solve Robert’s kidnapping. Terrorism has come to the small town of Seagrove Village, Florida, courtesy of Nihilists in Anarchy (NINA) in Vicki Hinze’s third book in the Crossroads Crisis Center series, Not This Time. This is a fast paced romantic suspense book that introduces many characters in the first several chapters. For that reason, I do recommend reading the other Crossroads Crisis Center books in the series for additional background on some of the characters. The main characters of Beth and Sara are well developed, as are the secondary characters. The reader can easily become emotionally invested in the characters of Beth and Sara and the outcome of Robert’s kidnapping. Not This Time has plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged and guessing until the end. There is good flow to the story and the plot moves quickly as do the subplots. Christian themes of redemption and forgiveness are incorporated which compliment the elements of romantic suspense effortlessly. Fasten your seatbelt and get ready for a wild ride in Seagrove Village. If you are looking for great suspense book with romantic elements, this one will not disappoint. Favorite Quote: “Some people were in your life for your whole life, but most were there just for a season. When it ended, they moved on and so did you. Of those people, some were blessings, some gave you something you needed, and some took something they needed.”
TheAddLibrarian More than 1 year ago
Not This Time by Vicki Hinze is the conclusion *sob* to her Crossroads Crisis Center series. Hinze writes top-notch romantic suspense. She tackles tough topics including human trafficking and domestic violence, and her characters are great. Hinze does a fantastic job with her romantic leads. She knows how to write swoon-worthy heroes! Her bad guys *semi-spoiler alert* (and gals) *end semi-spoiler* are also very well done, even sympathetic at times. I was really hoping that this series would be longer, but Hinze has a new title, Survive the Night, coming in October from Love Inspired Suspense that looks like the first in a new series so Yay!!! Read-a-like Authors: Dee Henderson Colleen Coble DiAnn Mills Lynette Eason
jebsweetpea More than 1 year ago
Sara and Beth built a multi-million dollar business and act as anti-terrorism consultants. Now their business and friendship are strained because Beth is leery of Sara’s husband. When he goes missing and is verified kidnapped, authorities consider Beth their prime suspect. Then their hometown, Seagrove Village, Florida, is rocked by an act of terrorism, and Beth doesn’t know who to trust. Someone close to her is connected to the attack, but who? Is there a connection to Crossroads Crisis Center? In the midst of the confusion and fear, Beth finds herself attracted to a man from her past, the former Shadow Watcher, Joe. She knows she shouldn’t fall in love with him–she can’t resist or even explain their bond. And as her world unravels around her, she wonders… Will the truth set her free or ruin her life? Is it possible to be pushed beyond redemption? When I started this book, I quickly realized that it was part of a series. I had a difficult time figuring out the characters and the back story of them, which I know would have helped. The author did give a bit of back story during the plot, but still left the reader a bit confused through the entire book. The story though was amazing and kept you guessing and on the edge of the page until the end. Well written and an author that I would definitely read again. If you are interested in reading this book, I would strongly suggest reading the first two books before this one. WaterBrook Multnomah sent me this complimentary book to review for them. All opinions are my own.
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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Joy H. for Readers Favorite Sara and Beth have not only built a successful multi-million dollar computer business in Seagrove Village, Florida, but their relationship remains stable throughout the business. That is until Sara decides to get married to someone she's known for only a short time. Beth just doesn't trust Sara's new husband, which causes a strain on their long-time relationship. It all starts with the attack on a wedding, thought to be caused by a terrorist ring called NINA. When Detective Jeff Meyers discovers bodies lying everywhere, he calls for Detectives Mark and Joe. It is strange that Sara's husband is kidnapped and missing, and since it is known that Beth doesn't care for him at all she becomes the prime suspect for the kidnapping. This detective team has their work cut out for them, especially for the guy called Joe, since he seems to have a thing for the major suspect, Beth. What will happen before they finally find out who is behind these horrible acts of terrorism? Vicki Hinze pens another intriguing thriller with so many twists and turns in the plot that it will keep you on your toes and make you guess what is gonna happen next! The characters are unique and well-developed, intriguing and very well-liked. This book is full of just what we want in a thriller-suspense. With the crime, attacks, kidnapping, murders, and the constant fear of the characters that someone is after them, this book will captivate you until you read the last pages! If you like thrillers/suspense/crime/murder mysteries this book is a must for you. You will not be disappointed in this latest book by Vicki Hinze. I am eagerly awaiting the next book from this author. Go out, no, run out and grab a copy of this awesome book to read and enjoy!
chriscma More than 1 year ago
From the author’s website: Sara and Beth have built a multi-million dollar business together, but their once solid friendship is now strained. Beth is leery of Sara’s husband, and when he is kidnapped, authorities consider Beth their prime suspect. Then, their small town of Seagrove Village is rocked by an act of terrorism, and Beth doesn’t know who to trust. Someone she knows is linked to the attack, but who? Is there a connection to Crossroads Crisis Center? In the midst of the confusion and fear, Beth finds herself attracted to a man from her past. She knows she shouldn’t fall in love with him, but she can’t resist or even explain their bond. As her world unravels around her, she wonders, is it possible to be beyond redemption? When I started reading this book I thought I would never be able to finish it. I was frustrated with the large number of characters and trying to figure out what was going on. I still am not sure exactly who the bad guys are and what their motives are. As I continued to read I was able to follow the story better and realized that I needed to read the previous two books in the series in order to enjoy it more. Had the author included a little more background information about Crossroads, NINA and several of the characters it would have been much better. I’m not sure how much she could include without spoiling the previous books. I would recommend Not This Time to anyone who likes mysteries with a little more suspense than a cute cozy but doesn’t want over the top graphic violence or sex. The Christian elements are not preachy and fit in as a natural part of the characters involved. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago