A Novel
Tracey Bateman
Water Brook Press

Reviewed by Cindy Loven

Lauryn McBride is burning her candles at both ends, working hard to keep her family business afloat, all the while trying to take care of her father who is rapidly declining with Alzheimers.  She is not really keeping up with local news but is saddened by the fact that her best friend in high school was murdered, and another man found dead in a fire. 
The secrets that Lauryn is finding as she prepares the dead man's estate for auction is quite alarming and the supernatural suggestions are overwhelming to the people in her small town in Missouri. Her friends and she herself have trouble believing that such a thing would happen in their small town.  Lauryn's schoolhouse crush is back in town with his child and is pursuing Lauryn again, but she is not sure that love has a place in her busy life at this time.  Especially with people turning up dead all over the place. 
I must conclude my review by saying if I had realized this book was about vampires, I would not have chosen it to review.  That being said I did enjoy the story.  It was a very good book, and the story was not scary, nor spooky.  I just have never been interested in fantasy type books about vampires.  I was disappointed there was not a clearer gospel message in this book, but it was a good clean story with a good ending.  312 pages 4 stars $13.99US
This book was provided by Water Brook Press for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.

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