Title: Buried Memories
Author: Carol J. Post
“Maybe she’d one day escape the clutches of the past, and he would too. Maybe together they’d find healing,” Nicki wonders in Carol J. Post’s novel, Buried Memories.
~ What ~
Part of the Love Inspired Suspense series, this two-hundred-and-twenty-four-page pocket-sized paperback targets those who enjoy inspirational suspense with romance. With no profanity or sexual content, topics of physical abuse and murder may not be appropriate for immature readers. The book promotes Christian theology of praying to God for help and guidance. An author’s notes and two inserts of other Love Inspired series books are at the end.
In this current-day short story based in Florida, twenty-nine-year-old Nicki Jackson has been living one month in the small town of Cedar Key, trying to avoid her traumatic past as she struggles with tormented dreams. When she learns her friend, Tyler Brant, is staying next door, she finds comfort reconnecting with her best friend from her teenage years. Tyler, having been in love with Nicki years long ago, has ongoing nightmares having served three tours as a soldier.
Dealing with her mother’s murder at age seven and being a foster child, Nicki has recently broken off her marriage engagement. Since moving to the quiet sleep town, she has become the target of attacks on her home, beloved dog, friends, and self. Both Tyler and she must get past their horrific memories to find out who wants her dead and why.
~ Why ~
The fast-paced tale shows how two protagonists must overcome their pasts to find love and forgiveness. I like the author’s way of portraying her broken and imperfect characters who are urged to seek God for help. Although there is no eternal plan of salvation given, the underlying story is about trusting the Almighty.
~ Why Not ~
The short novel is predictable as far as the romantic relationship between two people who were friends decades ago blossoms. Some may not care for the physical abuse or tormented dreams depicted, but it is not too graphic.
~ Who ~
The author of seven novels, Post lives in Florida, writing fun, fast-paced inspirational romantic suspense novels. With her family not living close by, she enjoys sailing, hiking, camping, and taking care of her beloved pets.
~ Wish ~
Having guessed the killer about halfway through the book, I wish the writer further expanded on two people from Nicki’s past.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a quick, suspenseful fiction that includes romance and redemption, this one will keep you engaged for several hours.
Rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Thanks to the author for furnishing this complimentary book that I am reviewing freely.
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