Book Review: FINAL RESORT by Dana Mentink
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
Published: February 5, 2013
Format: Paperback (224 pages)
Series: Treasure Seekers
Origin: Publisher through NetGalley (egalley)
***Though the publisher provides the free book, I offer the opinion.***
Ava Stanton has suffered too much loss in her life, from losing her mother to suicide—while she was still in her young teen years, and at the same time, losing her healthy father to an accident—leaving him a paraplegic with a host of health issues. Now, as an adult, Ava faces the soon-to-be loss of her impoverished, winter resort home, Whisper Mountain.
Through all of this turmoil, Ava has known only one constant in her life, her mother’s brother, Uncle Paul.
She can remember her parent’s arguing over Uncle Paul, and Ava’s dad still carries a firm dislike for this man. It wasn’t that Ava was ignorant to Uncle Paul’s wayward nature of get rich quick schemes, owing and borrowing money from everyone and anyone, and the not-so-honest way he will manipulate things toward his favor; she knew his exploits quite well. However, his optimism and infectious smile was something Ava could always count on and that meant the world to her.
So, why was she on a deserted mountain road of the winter wonderland that she once called home, despite the winter storm warnings? Ava was here at Uncle Paul’s request, of course. His message about his “purl”, although he used that term about everything he ever chased.
Finally, Uncle Paul arrived, but he wasn’t himself.
Ava’s selling the resort really saddened him, but she tried to get him to understand. She can’t afford to keep it. However, yet again, he’s coming into money. It’s big this time. Not wanting to hurt him, she simple restated that she had to sell. Maybe since it was worth more in painful memories than cash, she figured he’d understand.
Suddenly, a snowmobile arrives on scene. His face was hidden, but his intention was clear. Someone was about to run them down! Uncle Paul pushed Ava out of its path, but Uncle Paul didn’t get away.
Meanwhile, Luca Gage left his sister and was skiing toward old memories of a high school crush, when he saw a snowmobile driving at increasing speed toward a couple. The woman landed with a thud and the man was abducted. There was only one he could save, and his gut knew exactly who it was.
Once skiing these slopes with pure abandon, she became different and weighted with loss and pain. It doesn’t seem her pain ever stopped. Luca knew her former home was on the market, and he was charged with checking into a possible purchase for his father. Since the Gage property, Gold Summit, was next to Whisper Mountain to acquire it would make sense. However, from what he knew, it would take a whole lot of money just for modernization.
He was not going to let her die up here on this mountain.
Both of them were on thin ice, now, and as it breaks, his emotions reheat, cracking his heart’s protective barrier.
FINAL RESORT is a thrilling ride of suspense and romance!
Luca Gage is a hero whose heart hunts for the treasure that he’s never found, as he finds worldly treasures he doesn’t need. His strong faith brings him through, and he believes enough for two.
Ava Stanton is a strong woman, but to her, prayers aren’t answered and bad things still happen. Faith doesn’t mean much to her, and to find someone who actually still believes is disorienting.
In fact, she sometimes sees the world in have and have not, and the Stantons were always on the have not list.
Dana Mentink’s hero and heroine are opposites in life, faith and socioeconomic factors, but their personalities complement. His family brought him stability while her unstable family brought challenges to bear. Abandonment left her brokenhearted, and she’s not prepared for love. However, she must learn to ask for and accept help, but he must accept her need to do things herself. Can they make it work?
FINAL RESORT by Dana Mentink is a standalone title. However, you’ll want to read more of this author’s titles including DANGEROUS MELODY (Love Inspired Suspense 2012), LOST LEGACY (Love Inspired Suspense 2012), ESCAPE FROM THE BADLANDS (Love Inspired Suspense (2012), BURIED TRUTH (Love Inspired Suspense 2011), TURBULENCE (Steeple Hill 2011), and BETRAYAL IN THE BADLANDS (Steeple Hill 2010). Or check out other books by this author!