"Sleem explores the ugliness of suicide and murder, obsession and abuse, as well as Christian faith and values. An emotional and suspenseful read reflecting modern issues and concerns." - Southern Book Trade. Review from a major public library: "Second Time Around features well-developed characters and an unusual plot twist as a relational novel reminiscent of Anne Rivers Siddons becomes a murder mystery. Sleem's use of language and situation may disturb those with a traditional sense of what constitutes Christian fiction, but Sleem seems more interested in exploring the tensions Christians experience as they strive to balance what they 'know' to be right with what 'feels' right. Unlike characters in many Christian novels, Sleem's characters are neither all good nor all evil: simply humans struggling wiht difficult choices in the light of their relationship with a holy God. Second Time Around is a worthwhile addition to Christian fiction collections and will appeal to fans of both mystery and relational novels." Review by Daily News, Bowling Green, KY: "Author Patty Sleem has captured the essence of small town Southern life and the many layers of relationships one finds there. She skillfully weaves a picture of 'the way things are done' in small town politics and families. Various theories and clues lead the reader through a well-written mystery. Excellent detail helps the reader to both see and feel the scene. In one instance, you can almost smell the sea as described by the author." Review from a bookseller: "Part spiritual fiction, part contemporary romance, part murder mystery--all master storytelling in the best Southern writing tradition."