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Due to her mother's death minutes after Harper's birth following an accident (or was it?), Harper grew up with her grandmother until the age of 8, then in the foster care system. From this she was rescued at age 15 after more trauma than anyone should ever have to undergo by Oliver Jackson, whom she met when stealing his son Ridge's sleeping bag so she could keep warm sleeping out. Oliver looked after her in the years following, but Ridge always resented it, considering Harper as only after his money. But when a man tries to kill Oliver and to abduct Harper while they are out diving, it seems that something from Harper's - or her mother's - past is catching up with her. This happens at almost the same time as she finally makes contact, through a DNA website, with a considerably older half-sister - whose mother was also killed soon after Annabelle's birth, and who, like Harper, never knew their shared father. When Annabelle is likewise attacked, Ridge and Harper, as well as Annabelle and her two sons, are in a race against time to uncover the clues of the past to find out who is responsible for the attacks - and possibly the murders of both mothers. But spending time with Harper is undermining Ridge's long-held suspicions about her motives, and the growing connection between them is raising the stakes still further...
Jam-packed with suspense, mystery, romance and relationships, with several strands in past and present all cleverly tied together into one neat package, this is an engrossing read. Though various people are attacked in this book, there is no gratuitous violence, and the content is clean, including the language. While probably theoretically a Christian book, the Christian content is limited to the occasional brief mention, such that I believe non-Christians would probably enjoy it just as much as Christians - so if you're looking for inspirational content, try elsewhere (though the mending of breaches between a couple of pairs of characters was good to watch). Despite that, it's very well plotted and written, and the characters feel like real people. This is the first book I've read by the author, but I hope to read more in future.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.