MIA: Missing in Atlanta by Debby Giusti
Publisher: Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense
Genre: Contemporary; Inspirational; Suspense
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Rose
HIS GIRLFRIEND HAD VANISHED
Granted, he hadn’t known her long, but returning war hero Jude Walker expected to eventually marry the woman he’d met during his last leave. Not find her missing. Or learn that her last known address was a homeless shelter in a dangerous part of the city.
The shelter’s temporary director, Sarah Montgomery, didn’t know Jude’s friend. But she knew the streets, knew the dangers—from drugs and prostitution to the most cold-blooded of criminals—right outside her door. Knew that the handsome, brave captain was in for heartache. And that falling in love with him was her riskiest move yet.
MIA: Missing in Atlanta, Debby Giusti’s third Love Inspired Suspense book, lives up to her motto of “Faith with an edge—cross my heart.” From the first appearance of Jude Walker, as he goes up to the address his girlfriend gave him as her own, to the conclusion, Ms. Giusti definitely delivers on her promise.
The setting, inner-city Atlanta, Georgia, is not the pretty, magnolia-lined streets you might think of when you think of a romance set in the south. It’s dirty, gritty, and the people are hard. But, there is still a remnant that seeks to make life better, personified by Sarah Montgomery, a woman heading up Hope House... where people work hard to get women off the streets and out of a life of prostitution and drugs. Sarah has made enemies, though. Not only the pimps who are angry about losing their girls, but also in the organization who funds Hope House.
The interaction between Jude and Sarah as they help each other out is compelling as they work together...and grow closer together. Sarah’s faith shines through without a lot of preaching and the affect it has on Jude is clear.
The story line is gripping and there are enough twists in the plot to keep you guessing who “the bad guys” are. I’m looking forward to reading Ms. Giusti’s backlist and books she writes in the future.