Book introductions with Laura Thomas

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The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers

I’m a huge fan of Francine Rivers, and I devoured this book with relish!

Roman Velasco is an unbelieving, wealthy, successful artist with a gigantic chip on his shoulder and a troubled past. Grace Moore, his new personal assistant, is a Christian single mother with her own heartbreaking story.

Neither have any intention to fall in love, and both try to deny the attraction they clearly have for one another. Walls are erected and secrets are deeply hidden. But when Roman has an unforgettable encounter with the demons he is fighting, everything changes. A story of conviction, redemption, and forgiveness—aptly named The Masterpiece!

Beneath Copper Falls by Colleen Coble

From the Rock Harbour search-and-rescue series set in Michigan, this book weaves a complex, action-packed web. For Dana, a new beginning is a priority after escaping the clutches of her abusive ex-fiancé, but she soon discovers there is more to her past than she ever imagined. Healing, grace, grief, and new love intermingle as she finds herself caught in the middle of something unbelievably sinister. This author is a master in suspense enjoy! 

Camino Island by John Grisham

As a writer, I was initially intrigued with the notion of stolen priceless manuscripts, and enjoyed how Grisham developed the characters of several published writerly types in a quirky beach town in Florida. I cringed and nodded in agreement with many of their discussions and identified with their worries and woes. The plot thickens when it becomes apparent the stolen manuscripts could be in the possession of an eccentric bookstore owner, and it takes several turns as we follow the investigation and get sucked into the mystery. My only slight disappointment was the somewhat abrupt wrap-up at the end, but that probably means I didn’t want it to finish and it certainly doesn’t stop me from highly recommending it! 

The light between oceans by M.L. Stedman

This was the perfect book for me to enjoy whilst researching all things lighthouse in the Oregon Coast. I have only praise for this novel—it gripped me emotionally and transported me to a lighthouse in the middle of obscurity, where a heartbreaking story was allowed to unfold. Truth, secrets, desperation, and consequences are all involved in this tale of a young couple longing to live a “normal” family life in an incredibly unique location. I thoroughly recommend it! 

The great alone by Kristin Hannah

“All this time, Dad had taught Leni how dangerous the outside world was. The truth was that the biggest danger of all was in her own home.” I always enjoy Kristin Hannah’s writing, and The Great Alone ticked all the boxes for me. Set in the 1970’s, the allure of a fresh start in Alaska draws the Allbright family to a brand-new life. But for thirteen-year-old Leni, it’s the beginning of a nightmarish existence balancing her father’s rages as he battles the aftereffects of returning from war, with the brutal yet beautiful harsh realities of living in the wilds of Alaska. Raw emotions and unthinkable survival skills culminate in a riveting page-turner. Heartbreaking, always with a sliver of hope. 

The Guernsey literary and potato peel society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows

“Perhaps there is some secret sort of homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers. How delightful if that were true.” A female writer in post-WWII London paired with a quirky book club on the charming island of Guernsey is the recipe for a captivating read. Add the fact that the entire book is written as a series of letters, and you have something truly unique and compelling. The protagonist has a quick wit and is utterly fearless. She navigates romantic relationships, new and old friendships, and devastating revelations with strength and a writer’s curiosity. This is one of my new favorites!

Laura Thomas is a published Christian author with a heart for inspiring and encouraging readers of all ages. She is a multi-genre writer with a published Christian teen fiction trilogy, marriage book, middle grade novel, children’s stories, devotionals for Union Gospel Press, articles in magazines and online, musings on her blog, and currently has a three-book deal for her Christian romantic suspense novels. Living in Kelowna, B.C. as an empty-nester, Laura is a mom of three, married to her high school sweetheart, and is passionate about faith and family—and chocolate.
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