Rising Darkness

Rising Darkness

by Nancy Mehl

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ISBN-13: 9780764211591
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/03/2015
Series: Finding Sanctuary Series , #3
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,265,177
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Nancy Mehl is the author of twenty-one books, including the Road to Kingdom and Finding Sanctuary series. Nancy writes from her home in Missouri, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their puggle, Watson. Visit www.nancymehl.com to learn more.

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Rising Darkness 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, RISING DARKNESS is the third and final book in Ms. Mehl's Finding Sanctuary series. If you missed the first two, they are: Gathering Shadows, Deadly Echoes, and RISING DARKNESS. The stories do stand alone, although they are set in the same small town community and have some overlapping characters. I greatly enjoyed this story. After I read Deadly Echoes I hoped Jonathon would be the hero in this book -- and yay, he was! I enjoyed to getting to know him and Sophie. At first she bothered me, with her disbelief in God and her New Age beliefs, but there were a lot of good faith messages in there and she grew to trust. I did mostly have the story figured out -- who-dun-it and why, but not everything. There were some surprise twists at the end that I didn't see coming. If you love romantic suspense, you will love RISING DARKNESS. It was a great story. It held my interest all the way through, and the romance element was believable and present.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Rising Darkness Finding Sanctuary #3 By Nancy Mehl Sophie Bauer has left her past and the pain and shame behind, at least she's working on it. And she's created a whole new identity to go with her new life. And she thinks she's discovered how to firmly grasp the life she's seeking. When she hears that a long thought dead fugitive may have taken up residence in the small town of Sanctuary, Missouri, Sophie jumps at the chance to get the story of a lifetime. But the scoop that she's expecting may not be the one she gets, especially when she meets a face from her past. As Sophie works her way towards finding a murderer, she finds her own safety as well as her heart in danger. With the clock ticking down Sophie work through the questions of the past to find the truth. But someone seems to have taken an interest in Sophie's reasons for being in Sanctuary and they just might uncover the truth before Sophie. Suspense and intense drama what's not to love? If you are new to the series you will be seeing Sanctuary through Sophie's perspective rather than that of the author, but there is nothing wrong with this as one can read this book and follow along as the various characters are introduced. I was provided a copy of this book through TBCN/BookFun in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rising Darkness is book three in author Nancy Mehl's Finding Sanctuary series. This 320 page paperback is published by Bethany House Publishers and is a real suspenseful page turner. This book can be read as a stand alone, but after reading it you will probably be like me and want to read the other two. Mehl is a good author. I love the depth of her characters. Main character, Sophie Bauer (formerly known as Wittenbauer) comes from a strict Mennonite home in Kingdom. Her parents were abusive, unclean people who shamed Sophie and made her clean their home. At 16 she was forced to quit school, dashing her hopes of becoming a crime reporter. At 18 she is able to run away from her dysfunctional home and get her GED. This leads to college and an internship at the St. Louis Times newspaper. That's where she gets information on a criminal case and goes under cover looking for him. She changes her name to Emily in order to hide her identity in this nearby Mennonite town of Sanctuary. In Sanctuary she runs into Jonathan, her childhood boyfriend. He is the town's minister and makes a great character. This is a mystery peppered with a lot of inspirational messages in it. I love that in a Christian novel. It talks about God, His purpose, and faith. It has romance and suspense. The love story is very believable. The mystery and suspense have readers guessing. The action and dialogue flow smoothly making the book roll along at an easy pace. The descriptions are good and took me right into the middle of all of the drama and intrigue. I would recommend it to anyone that likes romantic, Christian mysteries. It got a four out of five star rating from me. I received a copy of this book for my honest review from The Book Club Network.
pautoyoung More than 1 year ago
Rising Darkness, Book 3 in the Finding Sanctuary series, by Nancy Mehl is an excellently written romantic novel full of suspense. The characters are well developed, and the storyline has enough twists and turns to keep the reader interested to the very end of the book. After changing her last name from Wittenbauer to Bauer, Sophie has been living and working as a reporter in St. Louis, Missouri trying to escape the painful memories of her neglectful and abusive Mennonite parents. All she wants to do is forget her past and the God who she doesn’t see as a loving father since he didn’t rescue her from her dysfunctional family. Sophie wants to write more than about food and obituaries and desires to become a crime writer. She discovers a lead to the possible life and whereabouts of a murderer who stole a large sum of money and had been presumed dead and decides to travel to the Mennonite town of Sanctuary to find him. Is this famous murderer finding his own sanctuary in this small town? If so, if Sophie can find him, she will have the story of the decade! Once there, this place reminding her of her childhood, Sophie must face the memories of her past. To beat it all, she runs right into a local pastor, a man whom she grew up with and had a crush on in her hometown. Will these two find the culprit together? With Sophie’s past, can there ever be hope for the two as a couple? The novel keeps you guessing right up to the conclusion of the book on the outcome. Can Sophie ever forgive God and accept His love? I definitely recommend this novel to anyone. I received a copy from the author and publisher of The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
I should start by saying I was positive I reviewed this book, but when I search the files it was not in them, so here we go again. Nancy Mehl is and has been a favorite suspense author for a while. That said, I struggled to get into this book, but hung in there and was so happy I did. Sophie was a little off the cusp, doing things you wouldn't expect for someone in her position to do, but she gave the story that twist it needed. While Sanctuary is a great place to read about, I am not sure I would want to live there, A bit close minded and cliquish, in that small town secluded from the rest of the world. This book will stand alone but reading the others in the series is helpful. 4 stars from this reviewer. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
readerscozycorner More than 1 year ago
The book was an easy read. It had lots of different elements to it, including suspense, mystery and romance. I enjoyed the characters and the writing was done very well. I also really liked the plot of the book. I was pleased with this book and would like to read more by this author. Thank you to TBCN and the author for this book to review. A positive review was not required.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
Rising Darkness is another book in the fictitious town of Sanctuary, Missouri. I enjoy reading of places near my home. While the story was good, I couldn't seem to connect with the main character of Sophie. The ending was a surprise which is good! I will continue to look for books by Nancy Mehl. I won this book in a giveaway.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
Rising Darkness is book three in the Finding Sanctuary series. It is a book that can be read as a stand alone also. It is a great Christian suspense book. I love the way the author was able to keep the reader guessing who the real criminal was. Of course it doesn't turn out to be who you expect it to be ! Nancy Mehl has written another enjoyable book and series. I received the book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
This exciting novel is a Must Read for anyone who appreciates Christian suspense. It is third in the Finding Sanctuary series by Nancy Mehl. The mystery and suspense, compounded with what happens when one comes face-to-face with their past. This can be read as a standalone, and when you discover what a great story it is, you will want to read the first two. Sophie Wittenbauer was raised in Kingdom, a strict Mennonite home and hometown. She probably would never consider returning to the Mennonite church, and would not have gone ever returned had she not had to go to nearby Sanctuary while trying to locate a murderer on the lam. If she could find him, based on information given to her by someone she used to know who is in prison, she would be able to write an article that would seal her future as an investigative reporter instead of an obituary writer. Facts led her to Sanctuary with an alias, several days off from her newspaper and a shaky cover story. Sanctuary had been the kind of place where many people went because they needed a fresh start, and their backgrounds were not required to be known if they needed the privacy. On one hand it was the perfect place for a murderer to hide if he needed time to make a new plan. On the other hand, if one were trying to determine if one of the residents was a criminal, especially after living there for a few years, they townspeople typically didn’t ask questions. That’s the way they were. Yet the very privacy afforded to the residents is what could bring harm to Sophie and the Mennonite pastor who has been helping her. I really enjoyed the people, especially Sophie, her landlady Esther, and Jonathon, the preacher. Among everyone, these are the characters who are fully three-dimensional, people that one might want to count as friends. Others are as well-developed as their roles required. This author has a wonderful way of showing the folks in her books with lively personalities. At least one of the protagonists is typically someone with a ‘past’, with hurts that have changed them and resulted in them turning far away from the Lord. Watching them begin to take risks is part of what I enjoy, as well as sometimes re-learning the same lessons. Seeing Sophie find so much more than she planned reminds me that the Lord can do so much more than we can ask or imagine! The plot is intriguing and captivating from the first page. Sophie is a protagonist who is very likable, who has dared to have hopes and dreams and work towards them. Finding the bad guy proves to be risky and harder than anticipated. Sophie has received several anonymous warnings, and she in danger if she doesn’t pack up and return to St. Louis. Someone knows who she is or at least what she is there for. The deceptions in small towns and prisons runs high. There are plot twists that increase the intrigue, bringing a completely unexpected resolution. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who has enjoyed the author’s previous novels, appreciate ‘clean’ suspense novels, or learning a little about Mennonites from one of Christian fiction’s popular authors who is most knowledgeable in its faith. With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
Rising Darkness by Nancy Mehl is the third in the Finding Sanctuary Series. I have read all her books and this is by far my favorite series. Maybe because she plays off her other series in this one so I feel like I know so many more people, but for whatever the reason, I love this series! Can’t get enough! She is a wonderful author and I couldn’t wait to read this book. It was worth the wait! I can’t stop talking about it with my friends. I received this book for free from The Book Club Network and the author in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rising Darkness (Finding Sanctuary book three) was a quick and enjoyably suspenseful read. While there was no need to have read books one and two in order to fully appreciate book three, I find myself wanting to pick them up so I can connect more with the little town of Sanctuary and its endearing characters. Author Nancy Mehl has created an interesting setting for this series indeed! Rising Darkness tells the rich start of Sophie’s redemption story, one you imagine continuing on as you close the book! You meet up with her as young woman recklessly going undercover in Sanctuary as Emily to try to grab hold of the future she thinks she wants for herself, that of a famous investigative reporter. You quickly learn that she is running from a troubled past, not sure of who she is or her place in the world, and without too much of a plan. The plot is thick with themes of personal growth, whether it’s possible or advisable to escape our pasts, and the intrigue and missteps involved in an amateur trying to solve a decades-old crime in a familiarly unfamiliar place. While romantic suspense isn’t a genre I typically read, the romance is a small and sweet part of the book that adds to the plot and ends up being an important part of Sophie’s redemption story. If you like a good murder mystery, small town characters, rooting for the underdog, and redemption, you will love this book! Rising Darkness drives home the point that God can redeem hard things in our lives for good, and that all parts of our story make us who we are, including our broken pasts and shaky present. It also speaks beautifully to how God uses community to demonstrate his grace, love and mercy in our lives. While not all stories have happy endings, this one did, and I am grateful for it. *I received this book in exchange for an honest review from The Book Club Network. The opinions are entirely my own.*
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is book three in the Finding Sanctuary series. I have not read the first two books and had no trouble following along in this one, therefore I feel it is a stand alone book. However, I do believe I missed some of the history of the town and some of the people in the town, that may have just made the book that much more interesting. If the first two are as good as this one I would recommend you read them all. This is a new author to me, her writing is suspenseful, romantic and thought provoking. She will keep you guessing as to what to expect next and who is behind all the problems. Sophie Wittenbauer is on the look for a great story so she can further her career. She has many issues she must deal with and learning to trust and believe in God is probably her biggest obstacle. When she runs into Jonathon will her plans all come crashing down and can she keep the memories from her past out of her mind? Jonathon feels like he knows this new comer yet can't place her. Will he be able to help her and keep his heart in tact. Will his past also be more than he can bear. Honestly I was not a huge fan of Sophie but loved Jonathon. Sophie grew on me as the story went on though. I was given a copy of this novel from net galley for my honest opinion.
GailHollingsworth More than 1 year ago
The sign of a great suspense novel is one that keeps you guessing right up to the end. I had different ideas that changed more than once about who the bad guy was, and I was never right. This is the second book I've read by Nancy Mehl and I find that it's even better than the first one. Sophie had a horrible childhood, raised by parents that didn't love her and abused her. She had never thought she amounted to much in her life because her dad kept telling her that she was worthless. She worked tirelessly trying to prove him wrong. She was determined to go to a small town on "vacation" to try and find a notorious criminal and write the story of her life for the newspaper she worked for. Much to her surprise, she came face to face with a man from her past, a preacher now no less. He promised to help her and protect her, but could he really do that? God freely offers us forgiveness for past and present sins. But do we allow ourselves to believe that He does and how hard is it to forgive ourselves? This is all a part of the "journey" that Sophie finds herself on. There are some great lessons for all of us in this novel and I truly enjoyed every heart pounding moment. I received this book from the publisher through Bookfun.org for my honest review, which I have given.
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
I've read Nancy Mehl's books before and loved them. This one, however, didn't pull me in like I expected. I hate to give three stars to books based on my opinion because everyone has different tastes, but unfortunately that is all I can offer on this one. It took too long for me to grow interested in Sophie's story, and while the writing was excellent, the ending was a bit too abrupt for me. ***I received this book in exchange for an honest review.***
grammy57 More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the series. I did not read the first two. It really didn't matter, but I do think you would have understood more if you do. I wish I had. The characters are fully formed and believable, though the story line is a bit of a stretch. But, not so far that it leaves you wondering or laughing. It is a good suspense and love story combined. The story is told in the first person and flows well. I enjoyed reading this story. It isn't so full of suspense that you cannot put it down, but it has enough suspense to make you want to read the story and not give up. The editing was well done. I greatly appreciate a well edited book. I would recommend this book to any looking for a fast read in a mystery/suspense style book. This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review.
Sparrowhawk24 More than 1 year ago
Rising Darkness is one of those rare stories that served more as an eye opener than mere entertainment. The plot was surprisingly solid; the character development was great; more than anything, though, I found the protagonist’s story arc to be incredibly unique in comparison to other Christian novels and I was deeply encouraged and moved by it ― I really liked this story! ___________________________________________ WHAT I LIKED + The overall story line and approach is thought-provoking and heartfelt. This is a story that deals with dark themes and delves into complex issues in a surprisingly mundane way for a detective story. Even more, this is the type of story that leads the reader to consider their own personal struggles, misunderstandings, and doubts. + I was wholly enthralled in the various sides to the story and greatly enjoyed how they all resolve brilliantly in the end ― there were characters from the previous books in the series that were interlaced with Rising Darkness’ story line; there were no open endings or partial conclusions; more appealing to me, though, was Sophie’s internal conflict with God. Even now, I remember as I read this book in complete awe processing all of Sophie’s qualms and it wasn’t so much that I was dismayed or offended by Sophie’s increasing trepidations, rather I was comforted and relieved to know that – though fictional – the author wrote Sophie’s character arc with these hard questions and sentiments in mind: ► “If I don’t believe in You ― if I don’t hope You love me or that You want to help me ― I’ll never be disappointed again. I can make my own way. I don’t need You. I don’t need anyone.” ► “No. I told you, I don’t believe in God. I’ve rejected the idea of a God who allows children to be abused and abandoned. God never showed me any love. I prayed and prayed for help. None came. Now I trust myself. No one else.” ► “I’m not judging God by them. I’m judging God by God. I prayed and prayed for help. All I got back was silence. Explain that to me.” And just as I found myself emotionally immersed in Sophie’s quandary and siding with her ultimate perspective on life Nancy Mehl shrewdly stepped in and kindly reminded my incorrigible heart that: ► “Whether our pain is caused by something we did, or something that was done to us, looking backward can keep us from moving forward.” ► “People need the gifts that have been hidden inside you. You’re important to the church. To the world. And to the people who love you. God has called you to touch lives. And you can’t fulfill that calling if you’re imprisoned in the past.” ► “You’ll never be whole until you can picture yourself through the eyes of your heavenly Father instead of through the eyes of imperfect people.” I cannot even begin to express how much I truly appreciate Nancy Mehl’s courage to venture down these dark alleys. As much as it pains me to confess this, I admit that I have wrestled with these ebb of emotions in more ways than I can count ― it was just incredibly refreshing to read a book like this one to say the least; especially in the Christian genre where almost every protagonist is found perfect and flawless. Full review @ http://www.mysoulcalledlife.com/2015/12/28/sparrows-book-review-rising-darkness-finding-sanctuary-3-by-nancy-mehl/
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Rising Darkness by Nancy Mehl is the third and final book in the Finding Sanctuary trilogy. Sophie Bauer (formerly Wittenbauer) used to be a conservative Mennonite living in Kingdom, Kansas. An incident forced her to leave and seek a new life. Sophie works at the St. Louis Times doing the obituaries and occasional restaurant review. Sophie wants to be a crime reporter and is working towards getting a college degree. One day Sophie comes across a letter from Tom Ford (Sophie knew him in Kingdom) who is in prison in El Dorado, Kansas. Tom claims a wanted criminal by the name of Terrence Chase is hiding out in Sanctuary, Missouri (of course, Tom wants something in exchange for giving Sophie this information). Sophie sees this as her chance to write a big story (and gain recognition) if she can find Chase. Sophie goes to Sanctuary (a very private town) under an assumed name and with a made up story to explain her presence in town (and so she can gain access to Church records). Sophie will have to face her past in Sanctuary (which was originally an all Mennonite town but is now mixed) especially when she comes face to face with Jonathan Wiese. Jonathan is a pastor at Agape Fellowship Church in Sanctuary and the only man Sophie ever loved (secretly as a teenager). Will Sophie be able to find Terrence Chase (without getting herself killed) and write her story? Can Sophie resolve her past issues? You will have to read Rising Darkness to find out. I found Rising Darkness to be a predictable novel (the mystery and the romance). I was hoping for a twist to make it more interesting (I would have been happy with anything that would have made the novel more interesting). While Rising Darkness is a part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone story. I give Rising Darkness 3 out of 5 stars. The writing is satisfactory, but not remarkable (I was not pulled into the story). I found parts of the novel to be very slow paced (and a little boring). It actually took me three different tries to get through Rising Darkness (I just never got into the story). The Christian theme is not mild in this book. There are many discussions about religion and theology throughout the book. The book ends without everything being resolved (which is frustrating). I did like Sophie’s growth during the book and how she is finally able to overcome her troubled and difficult youth. I received a complimentary copy Rising Darkness from NetGalley and The Book Club Network Inc. in exchange for an honest review.
HappyReader50 More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic book by Ms. Nancy Mehl. She is such a tremendous author and to realize I found her by accident is such a blessing. I am already looking forward to her next book. Rising Darkness is about Sophie Wittenbaur, a young lady who grew up in a strict, yet very dysfunctional, Mennonite family. As an adult, Sophie has continually tried to get away from her past. But can we ever really get away from our past? No, and Nancy Mehl has a beautiful way of writing a fictional account of Sophie’s life but it also pointed out to me that God made us who we are and we cannot change where we came from. We cannot change our past, but we can move forward. Sophie takes a trip to Sanctuary, Missouri another Mennonite town in an effort to find a killer who has never been brought to justice. Will this spark memories of her childhood memories of some abuse and neglect? What will this mean for Sophie when she runs into a man she knew in her home town? This man does not totally recognize Sophie as she has changed her name. But as the story moves forward, Sophie is forced to give up her disguises and face the reality of her situation. How will she handle this? And moreover, will she be able to find a killer that must be brought to justice? This is a wonderful read by Ms. Mehl. She is a very talented author. Other great books by Ms. Mehl are Inescapable, Unbreakable, Unforeseeable, Gathering Shadows, Deadly Echoes and Rising Darkness. You will not be disappointed with any of these books. I received a copy of this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.
Calliegh0 More than 1 year ago
Rising Darkness is the third book in the Finding Sanctuary series. Sanctuary is a town where people are trying to leave their old lives behind and move on. Just how many secrets abound in Sanctuary? I love how the town is full of intrigue and suspense but also a close knit group of people. Sophie Wittenbauer left her old life under a cloud of shame. However, she has always held some regrets. Following her dream to become a crime reporter, Sophie is in the right place at the right time. The lead brings her to Sanctuary where she goes undercover to solve an old murder crime. But will her cover be blown when she runs into the one regret she left in her old life? Will he blow her cover before she can find her answers? Nancy Mehl always builds her characters to show both their strengths and weaknesses. I would say you could read this as a stand alone but having the background of the other books adds to the story. I received this book through bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
Suspense at it’s finest! Rising Darkness by: Nancy Mehl Rising Darkness is book number three in the Finding Sanctuary series. Nancy Mehl has done it yet again! She has written a book that is so captivating that you won’t want to put the book down. I was riveted to my seat right from the start. There are so many twists, turns and unexpected happenings that will capture your attention and not let go. I felt as though I was part of the story it is that intense. I could picture the story unfolding before my eyes! Be sure to grab your glass of sweet tea and kick back and enjoy this most wonderful book. This is one suspense book that you won’t want to miss. So be sure to get your copy today. 5 stars!
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
Nancy has done a fabulous job writing another book in this series. I really enjoyed the first two and now I add this one to the list. Rising Darkness will have you guessing from the beginning about what really happened to Terrance Chase and what are Sophie’s wounds that are driving her? There are some beloved secondary characters that you will come to care about as well. Sanctuary is a wonderful town that I loved visiting again. Even if you haven’t read the first two books you can pick this one up. There are characters in this book from previous stories but they don’t really have too much of an impact on this story. If you love a good mystery, suspense and romance I’m sure you will enjoy this book. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
dhiggins4 More than 1 year ago
This was another great novel by Nancy Mehl. This is book #3 of the Finding Sanctuary Series. Books 1 and 2 in this series are just as good as this book. This book centers around Sophie Wittenbauer. Sophie was raised in a strict Mennonite home. She left her past though and wants nothing to do with it. She is now working at a newspaper. She finds the name of someone she used to know in her Mennonite hometown. She finds out that this person knows something about an unsolved cold case. She figures if she can get the scoop on this, this would be the start of something big in her career. So she finds herself in Sanctuary, Missouri. She goes there under a false identity, but finds someone that she used to know in her past. It is a little tricky for her to keep her false identity under wraps. She learns a lot in Sanctuary, Missouri. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that enjoys an easy-to-read, inspirational suspense novel. I received this book from bookfun for my honest opinion.
LisetteRue More than 1 year ago
Armed with a potential lead from a man she knew from her old life, Sophie Wittenbauer a.k.a. Sophie Bauer a.k.a. Emily McClure heads to the small town of Sanctuary, Missouri. She’s trying to track down a suspect connected to a decades-old unsolved crime in which people were slain and a great sum of money was stolen. She envisions solving the crime, thus catapulting her to fame in the world of investigative reporting. In Sanctuary, she encounters, Jonathon Wiese, the one person she loved from her past, though she can’t picture him ever having seen her as more than a broken person to be fixed. On the contrary, Jonathon has prayed about Sophie and thought of her often over the years. And there is something about Emily that reminds him of Sophie … With the permission of Sanctuary’s Mennonite pastor, Pastor Troyer, Emily gains access to the town’s records of new arrivals, moves and deaths. She’s researching all of that under the guise of learning her family history. Her hostess, Esther Lapp, knew Emily’s supposed ancestors well. Will she see through Emily’s deceit? As her research continues, threatening notes begin to arrive. Who’s onto her? How far will someone go to make sure she doesn’t uncover the truth? As much as I enjoy historical Christian fiction, it was a nice change to read present-day Christian fiction. I’m a fan of suspense, and I was not disappointed with “Rising Darkness.” My first story from this author, I found it to be well-written and actually quite remarkable. Mehl has a lovely way with words. Many parts of her story jump out, but here’s my favorite: “Look at God as your sunscreen. When you’re healthy, you’ll go outside again. But this time, you’ll have a covering. The grace, love, and protection of God” (p. 268). The ending did not turn out totally as I would have expected, which I thought was terrific. The characters are distinct, and I appreciated that Sophie wasn’t all patience and pearls; she had a troubled past and spends most of the story not wholly trusting God. She’s still got to find herself and the light on the path, which is something most, if not all, of us must do at some point in our lives. Highly recommend! -- Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own.
HollyMag321 More than 1 year ago
From the opening pages I found this story interesting. The characters had a depth to them that made me not only enjoy them but relate to them. The story had several facets to it that kept my attention throughout. I found Sophie was an extremely interesting character. The author revealed aspects abut her throughout the story. It kept me guessing what her secrets were. Jonathan was also interesting but didn't hold quite as many secrets. The author did a great job developing their relationship. At one point I was so caught up in their story I had forgotten Sophie's purpose for being in Sanctuary. The story was very good and kept me guessing. I did have some of my suspicions confirmed but was blindsided by other aspects. That fact made this a very enjoyable story. Even more than the story was the message. This story tells of God's forgiveness and how He can heal the dark places in our lives. It also wrestles with the struggle that many face in regards to the terrible things that "Christians" do to others. Where Sophie ends the story is a very realistic place. Another kudo to the author for keeping it real. This book does appear to be part of a series, but I didn't feel lost. It did make me want to read other books in the series and by this author. Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased and honest 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.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Rising Darkness is the third and final book in the Finding Sanctuary series. While this novel stands alone, it does revisit characters from previous books. In fact, readers who have read Unbreakable, book two in the Road to Kingdom series, will especially enjoy reading Sophie Wittenbauer’s story. When the pursuit of information concerning an unsolved crime leads Sophie to Sanctuary, Missouri, it also brings her face to face with someone from her past. Can Sophie keep her own identity concealed while trying to uncover the identity of a criminal? Sophie and Jonathon are well-crafted characters, and their story is filled with twists and turns that kept me guessing until the very end. Rising Darkness combines suspense and romance and is an enjoyable conclusion to the Finding Sanctuary series. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.