Monday, April 20, 2020

Silent Shadows by Natalie Walters

Silent Shadows (Harbored Secrets Book #3) by [Natalie Walters]
Greetings!  How are you doing today? Are you staying well supplied with toilet paper?  I went to the store the other day and I was amazed at what are the hot items (besides paper products, cleaning supplies and soap).  Spaghetti sauce and soup seem to be very popular. What are the popular items in your area?  Pig Little Lies by Erin Johnson comes out tomorrow.  It is the 5th Magic Market Mystery.  Tents, Trails and Turmoil by Tonya Kappes releases April 28.  It is the 11th A Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery.  Each book can be read on its own in this humorous series. We can all use extra humor in our lives during these unusual times.
Silent Shadows by Natalie Walters has Pecca Gallegos living in Walton, Georgia with her son, Maceo.  She moved to get her son away from the dangerous life of his father who is currently in prison.  Pecca works as a rehabilitation nurse at Home for Heroes where the men who occupy D-Wing just love her.  Her latest patient, though, is a different story.  Captain Colton Crawford and Pecca get off to a rough start.  Colton has a movement disorder that has drastically changed his life.  Doctors have been unable to cure or find the cause.  Dr. Mike Kelly and his treatments are Colton’s last hope.  Colton is drawn to Pecca and her friendly son, Maceo.  After dinner at the local café, someone takes pot shots at Pecca.  Someone from Pecca’s past is after her.  Colton works to uncover who is behind the attacks and to keep Pecca along with Maceo safe.  Silent Shadows is the third book in the Harbored Secrets series, but it can be read on its own (but, really, why would you want to).  We do get a visit from recurring characters along with new ones.  I thought Silent Shadows was well-written with complex, realistic characters.  I did find the pacing a little slow in the beginning, but it soon picks up with the action.  I admit that it does feel like a medical romance until bad things start to happen.  The story then draws you in as Pecca finds herself in danger.  She wants to keep her son safe and needs Colton’s help to do it.  I enjoyed the older veteran’s in D-Wing.  They were a delight and added humor to this intense story. I was confused as to Pecca’s profession.  We are told she is a nurse, but she also oversees the patient’s physical therapy.  Online sleuthing led me to rehabilitation nurses (nurse practitioners and clinical nurses may sub-specialize in this field).  I felt bad for Colton as he dealt with his movement disorder.  It seemed so painful and uncontrollable.  I can see why Colton was frustrated.  I thought Home for Heroes sounded like a wonderful place and I hope such places exist int he real world for our amazing veterans.  The mystery is challenging because it is not what you expect.  I liked figuring out who was the bad guy.  The attraction between Colton and Pecca was obvious (very palpable).  Maceo is such a cutie and it is obvious he needs and wants a male role model in his life (one he likes football and Marvel comics is preferred).  Silent Shadows has intrigue, danger, action, humor, faith, secrets, action and romance.  I enjoyed the epilogue that nicely wrapped up Silent Shadows and the Harbored Secrets series.  Silent Shadows is an intriguing novel with football fanatics, Marvel mania, a deadly destroyer, vigilant veterans, a chronic condition, a nurturing nurse, and a surprising secret.
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Silents Shadows can be purchased from Amazon* and other major retailers.  The other two novels in the Harbored Secrets series are Living Lies (available through Kindle Unlimited) and Deadly Deceit.  I hope you enjoy these engaging Christian suspense novels.  I appreciate you stopping by and reading my review.  Tomorrow I am featuring The Englisch Daughter by Cindy Woodsmall & Erin Woodsmall.  I hope you have a fulfilling day.  Take care of yourself, stay safe and Happy Reading!

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