Wednesday, May 21, 2014

CFBA: Gathering Shadows by Nancy Mehl

Song Stuck on the Brain: You Are God Alone by Phillips, Craig and Dean

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing:
Gathering Shadows
Bethany House Publishers (May 6, 2014)
Nancy Mehl


There are so many good things I can say about Gathering Shadows, but let me just start with the most obvious - the author did a fantastic job choosing a familial name for her characters. I can't help but admit that in reading the prologue and seeing the boy's last name was Erwin (same as mine - and spelled the right way, lol) and also realizing that the story was based in my home state Missouri, I got a little thrill. Silly? Maybe. But there's something exciting about reading a captivating story that pulls you in and sets you in an environment your familiar with. It becomes all the more realistic.

Of course even if the setting and name and had been different, I still would have loved Gathering Shadows. The premise of a small town with secrets isn't necessarily new, but it was handled superbly and every character came to life in technicolor. The mystery and suspense are truly intriguing and kept me guessing and second guessing. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.


Wynter Evans is a promising young reporter for a television station in St. Louis, but even a bright future doesn't take away her pain over the disappearance of her brother nine years ago. So when she stumbles across a photograph of a boy with an eerie resemblance to him, she can't pass up the chance to track him down. With research for work as her cover, she sets out with one of the station's photogs for the place where the picture was taken: the town of Sanctuary. Almost as soon as she arrives, she meets the town's handsome young mayor, Rueben King, and together they begin to uncover long held secrets that could tear the small town apart and change everything Wynter thought she knew about her life. As the truth of her family's past hides in the shadows, it's clear someone will stop at nothing to keep the answers she's searching for hidden forever--even if the cost is Wynter's very life. If you'd like to read the first chapter of Gathering Shadows, go HERE.


Nancy Mehl lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband Norman and their dog, Watson. She’s authored thirteen books and is currently at work on her newest series for Bethany House Publishing.

All of Nancy’s novels have an added touch – something for your spirit as well as your soul. “I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing,” Nancy says. “It’s a part of me and of everything I think or do. God is number one in my life. I wouldn’t be writing at all if I didn’t believe that this is what He’s called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan especially for your life, and there is nothing you can’t overcome with His help.”

She and her husband attend Believer’s Tabernacle in Wichita.

1 comment:

Nancy Mehl said...

Thank you, April. :)