Monday, September 26, 2011

Book Review - Shadow In Serenity

Shadow In Serenity is a novel written by New York Times bestselling author Terri Blackstock. The story is about Carny Sullivan, who grew up in a traveling circus with con-artist parents, helping them to pull cons on people. At the age of 17, she married and settled in the town of Serenity with her husband. After Carny's husband died, she stayed in Serenity with her son Jason because the townspeople and her in-laws accepted and welcomed her, even knowing about her past life.

One day Logan Brisco, a smooth-talking handsome guy, comes to the town of Serenity preparing to con the townspeople out of their money. Everyone falls under his spell except for Carny, who can tell that he's a con artist. Logan is attracted to Carny's looks and personality and tries to persuade her that he isn't a con artist. He starts getting attached to the townspeople and most of all to Carny and Jason. Logan eventually realizes that he can only change his ways if he asks God to cleanse him of his sins, as Carny had done earlier in her life.

My thoughts: The author has a way of making the characters seem real and I could easily visualize how the characters looked because of the thorough descriptions. The storyline caught my interest from the beginning and I liked the interaction between Carny and Logan, especially the part when they both share that they feel God led them to the town of Serenity. There is also a note from the author that explains how this book is actually a rewrite and how/why that happened. This book was enjoyable to read and I would recommend it to others.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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