Deadly Echoes

This book by: Nancy Mehl is the second book in her Finding Sanctuary series. Sanctuary is a small, quiet, town which was founded by Conservative Mennonites. Now the town smoothly combines the modern culture with the simpler Mennonite ways. Sarah is the school teacher at the local Christian private school. She finds out that her sister Hannah is murdered and that she will now be the care taker of her niece Cicely. Her sister’s murder is eerily similar to the murder of their parents that occurred 20 years ago. There were white orchids found at both murder scenes. The Kansas City Police Department does not seem to be taking Sarah’s concerns seriously. Sarah and Paul, the deputy of Sanctuary, both try to uncover the mysteries and start to realize the danger they could be in because of their digging. Meanwhile, Sarah tries to help Cicely work through the trauma of loosing her mother and learns how to difficult it is to be a parent. Sarah fully relies on God to help her through the trials she is facing and leans on the help of her Christian friends.

I have not read the first book in the series but this book seems to be a stand alone story. Although, there are some references to what I assume was a storyline to the previous book. I was attracted to this book because of the murder mystery theme. I am a huge fan of crime dramas on tv and the suspense genre of books but I found this book moved way to slow for my taste. I also thought that it was very predictable. It is labeled as a Romantic Suspense, however, there was barely any romance or suspense. I also felt that some of the reactions and responses throughout the book were somewhat unrealistic. For example, Sarah was consistently calm, never showed anger, and barely seemed to grieve (except for the initial shock) even though her sister was murdered. She did show frustration and did grieve a little bit but everyone I know who has lost someone they love go through the stages of grief (denial, anger, denial, depression, acceptance) in various ways and intensity. Once Sarah gets over the initial shock she jumps straight to acceptance. There is a constant Christianity theme throughout the book which for some people is a good thing but could come across as preachy or overwhelming to others. For me, this book was boring (and I am not really persuaded to want to read more of this author) but I know several people who would love it.

In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission I am required to disclose that Bethany House provided this book for free in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.



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Deadly Echoes, Finding Sanctuary Series #2

By Nancy Mehl / Bethany House


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Gathering Shadows, Finding Sanctuary Series #1
By Nancy Mehl / Bethany House



Abortion Doctor Faces 8 Counts Of Murder…

Is this surprising? (Read full article here and another article here.)

“Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 69, faces eight counts of murder in the deaths of a woman following a botched abortion at his office, along with the deaths of seven other babies who, prosecutors allege, were born alive following illegal late-term abortions and then were killed by severing their spinal cords with a pair of scissors…”

“Gosnell is facing charges of murder in the third degree for the death of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar.  Mrs. Mongar died on November 20, 2009, when she was overdosed with anesthetics prescribed by Gosnell.  He is also facing seven murder charges for the deaths of infants who were killed after being born viable and alive during the sixth, seventh, or eighth month of pregnancy. Gosnell is also facing numerous other charges.”

“Gosnell is suspected of killing hundreds of living babies over the course of his 30-year practice. However, he is not charged because the records do not exist.”

To someone who believes that it is “okay” or a “woman’s right to choose” when an abortion occurs, it may come as a shock that some doctors can kill an aborted baby who was born alive. A lot of people, who support abortion, will find what this doctor has done as wrong.

My question is WHY? Is it because the babies were in the the third trimester of pregnancy? Is it because they actually could have survived with medical treatment after birth? Is it because an actual grown woman died?

What about all of the babies aborted before the third trimester? Male, Female, Black, White, Hispanic, etc. Abortion affects all genders and all races. It doesn’t matter if the baby was born alive after an attempted abortion and then died or if they died during a “successful” abortion. The fact is they are all human, they are all alive…until someone killed them.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.

When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

your eyes saw my unformed body.

All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

Psalm 139:13-16

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