Wednesday, September 15, 2010

High-Stakes Inheritance

Author: Susan Sleeman
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
September 2010
ISBN: 978-0-373-44411-3
Genre: Inspirational/romantic suspense

“Leave Logan Lake now or you will pay!”

Mia Blackburn has inherited her uncle’s rustic resort property, but the stipulations of the will are that she has to live there for one year before she is allowed to sell. But Mia fled the town years earlier, both to mend from a broken heart, and to get away from her father, who blames Mia for the death of his wife.

But some one doesn’t want Mia in town! Soon after her arrival she receives a threatening warning, then she arrives at the resort to find the barn in flames. Mia isn’t sure whether her uncle had horses in the barn, but when she checks it out, she finds a girl in the loft. Mia is able to save the girl, but then she is pinned in the barn, unable to get out.

As luck would have it, her ex-boyfriend, Ryan is the firefighter who rescues her. But then she finds that the police are accusing her of starting the fire that almost took her life. When someone is murdered, Mia can’t help but wonder if she’ll be the next victim.

HIGH-STAKES INHERITANCE is the debut novel of Ms. Sleeman, and it is well-done. Mia is a hurting heroine, devastated by the death of her beloved uncle and the rejection of her father, yet a victim when she returns to her hometown. Ryan has grown up in the years he and Mia were apart, and now he is a kind and gentle hero, desperate to protect Mia, but yet erring due to wrong promises he made.

If you enjoy reading romantic suspense, then HIGH-STAKES INHERITANCE is a book that you should consider. The book starts with action and it doesn’t let up. Readers will sympathize with Mia, and want the person behind the crimes brought to justice, while hoping Mia will find the love and acceptance she craves. Discussion questions are included at the end of the book. $5.50. 216 pages.

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