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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

By The Book by JoAnn Carter

By The Book by JoAnn Carter
Publisher: White Rose Publishing
Genre: Inspirational
Length: Short (72 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Fennel

Perky 24 year old police dispatcher, Sarah Murphy, is held captive by images of her past. She doesn't trust men and is determined to hold onto her heart at all costs. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Dylan Eldredge of the Hampton Police Department believes she’s the woman God has intended for him and is equally determined to have her for his wife. Will he be able to prove he’s the man for her?

Author JoAnn Carter packs a lot of reader-grabbing information into her first six lines of this short and sweet story. Already we know a lot about her heroine Sarah and her attitude to both her life, her friends and workmates. She's an independent and caring lady with baggage from her past. How was she to know that this time her willingness to fill in for others, not but twice, would bring her into contact with her life's biggest challenge yet?

In the middle of a lecture, Dylan Eldredge is lost for words when Sarah walks into the room. His frustration rises exponentially as she manages to evade him at every turn. Will he ever manage to meet and get to know the only woman who's made such an immediate impact on him? She's obviously running scared, but from what? Dylan, always up for a challenge, determines he'll win this one at any cost.

JoAnn Carter takes her readers through plenty of inner conflict that drive her two main characters and with the help of her supporting cast we never doubt the strength and integrity of both Sarah and Dylan. In fact by skillfully revealing their weaknesses, she highlights their strength.

Just when her past is about to destroy her future Sarah is delighted when her favourite group, Milo, are playing at her church hall. After listening to a new song written by their band-leader, Scott, Sarah feels something shift within her. When Scott talks about his past she knows she has to face major issues in her past or sacrifice her future.

This is a must read book that will lift the readers' heart.