by: Vicki Hinze

Publisher: Multnomah Books

Published: February 21, 2012

Format: Paperback (336 pages)

ISBN: 9781601422071

SERIES: Crossroads Crisis Center

Origin: Publisher

***Though the publisher provides the free book, I offer the opinion.***

My Look:

Nuptials are interrupted by a gas attack leaving one dead, and the wedding cake decoration had the groom removed. How did NINA perpetrate this attack right under everyone’s nose? 

The answer is beyond clear, but one thing is for sure; a trader is among them.  Betrayals, alliances, and fear all lead up to death, kidnapping, and torture. One of the wedding day survivors knows something awful is happening.  

Beth knows there’s something Sara isn’t saying, and her she’s acting more freaked out about her no good, husband’s whereabouts than of the attack that killed Clyde and left almost the whole town unconscious.  Robert’s probably having a fling in a hotel somewhere while Sara’s driving herself sick with worry.  Not only is she acting strange, Sara’s dressing strange.  Why this woman won’t take off an obviously painful pair of high heels, Beth just don’t know, but it’s most likely due to Robert’s tastes and influence.  

Over Robert these two women agree to disagree but mutual tensions over the marriage has taken its toll on the relationship.  Until Robert Tayton, Beth and Sara were closer than any blood siblings could be.  Sara’s parents died and Beth’s family grew to be Sara’s.  Jointly, they run their own successful firm, which contracts with many government agencies for software and assistance.    However, Robert has even seeped into their business life as he now occupies an office at SaBe.  

Notwithstanding, Sara’s cryptic messages and just plain lack of work inside the firm had brought Beth to a painful decision.  

Inside her briefcase, Beth is carrying legal paperwork to keep Robert out of the firm.  But when Sara’s spouse has been kidnapped, and the police suspect Beth of his disappearance, and Sara’s been hospitalized for a near fatal asthma attack, when is the right time to get it signed? Though she has a former Shadow Watcher on her side, Joe wasn’t something Beth could think about now.  He could have any woman he wanted and she didn’t want another broken heart, until Robert’s blood is found in quantities that spell death.  Is Beth going to be the main suspect of murder?

My Take:

NOT THIS TIME by Vicki Hinze is a suspenseful read!  

Between its pages you’ll find the thrill of suspense to keep you turning pages, a mystery you’ll want to solve, and a full romance you’ll want to see through to the end. 

Vicki Hinze’s characters draw from their faith, have flaws, and make you want to know more about how they got here and what came before this point in their lives.  This author’s backdrop of Seagrove Village is a far from the idealized setting of small towns, and you’ll find it fraught with international terror and murders.  Vicki Hinze uses prayer warriors, strong characters, and faith against a ring of terror.   She also demonstrates not everyone is all bad or all good and sometimes bad things happen but good can still come from it.

I enjoyed meeting Sara and Beth.  Sara’s fragility is endearing and her budding strength amazing.  However, Beth’s strong personality has it own flaws.  I watched her go from unmovable iron to a form of steel that can bend and from a woman who is scared of love to one finally accepting the gift.   The townspeople are a mix of personalities.  These folks will make you want to read the other books in the Crossroad Crisis Series to get to know the stories behind their stories.  

Although, NOT THIS TIME is a stand-alone novel, you will want to catch up with the other titles in the series, DEADLY TIES (Multnomah Books 2011) and FORGET ME NOT (Multnomah Books 2010). 

Through WaterBrook Multnomah’s Blogging for Books Program, I received this book for free in exchange my honest review.


2 responses to “NOT THIS TIME: A NOVEL

  1. This sounds like an exciting read. Thanks for your thoughts and the review. :O)

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