Missing Isaac

Luesse, Valerie Fraser. Missing Isaac. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2018.

In the deep South during the 1960s, different people came from very different worlds depending on social class and color. When Pete McLean experiences a tragedy in his life, farmhand Isaac steps in to fill the void. Friends despite the color difference, Pete is devastated when Isaac disappears one evening. Without much help from the community, Pete sets out to learn the truth about Isaac’s disappearance and by chance, meets a girl. Together they grow, changing the social dynamics of the South along the way.

As a debut novel for an author, I was surely impressed. With strong characters, raw emotion, a powerful definition of friendship, and a style true to the South, Missing Isaac is a story of a young man growing to adulthood and developing his morals, integrity and character. Along with a mystery, a bit of faith, and heart-felt emotion, author Valerie Luesse writes an honest novel, perhaps one even appropriate as a movie storyline. Definitely an author I will watch for and read again.

4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Missing Isaac from Revell Publishing for my honest review*


Love’s Rescue

Johnson, Christine. Love’s Rescue: Keys of Promise. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2015.

lovesrescueLiving in Charleston for the last four years, Elizabeth Benjamin returns home to Key West upon the death of her mother. Becoming mistress of the household requires strength to overcome the guilt associated with her brother, firmness to deal with the servants, determination to hold her heart from the dashing Rourke O’Malley and courage to obey her father. Set in the South near the sea, Love’s Rescue is full of adventure, mystery, secrets, true love and faith bound together with dreams…

Amazing! As a new author for me, actually one I hadn’t even heard of yet, Christine Johnson can undeniably write. From the very beginning straight through to the end, I couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough. With a beautiful cover, a fast paced storyline, secrets, surprises and southern romance, the entire novel was stunning. Born and raised near water, captivated by the sea, a docent on a 1908 passenger ship and married to a Great Lakes ship pilot, Christine Johnson is full of knowledge and passion for the water which shines through in her story. With an included excerpt from the next book in the series, I hope she continues to write full-time to finish it soon.

5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Love’s Rescue from Revell Publishing for my honest review*