COLD JUSTICE - The Book
After overcoming missed connections, murder accusations, and years of
living lives apart, Regi Bernard and Samuel Tanner’s "happily ever
after" is finally within reach. On the eve of their wedding, however,
Samuel disappears, and Regi wonders if once again he has run away from
both a life with her and a membership in the Church.
opposite; Samuel has been kidnapped by the Raven Clan, a powerful
Alaskan tribe, and is en route to stand trial in front of their justice
council for a puzzling crime that happened years ago.
and Samuel’s close friends suspect a kidnapping, Regi—with the help of
her sister, Claudia, and friend Wakanda—resolves to follow Samuel to
Alaska but soon learns secrets about her fiancé she hadn’t bargained
While Samuel struggles with his faith and with understanding why he has been accused, Regi risks life and love to set him free.
RIVER WHISPERS - The Book
Of course Regi knows she’s innocent. What she
doesn’t know is why the murder leads keep pointing to her, and she’s not
going to sit around waiting while others find out. Unraveling a murder
case in a small town where everyone and everything is interconnected is a
tangled task at best. As Regi takes matters into her own hands, she
finds the evidence points to multiple townspeople as the possible
killer, including Regi’s own sister. With so many possibilities, Regi
can’t get the job done without getting close to one particular
suspect—Samuel, the man she’d hoped to avoid forever. The two of them
will need more than luck if they’re going to clear their names and their
past. And as Regi races to discover the truth about the murder, she may
very well face her own
A Reader's Opinion
Suspense and romance are the words to best describe the two latest books by Kathi Oram Peterson. One thing you're likely to notice are the settings. Kathi knows Idaho well (the setting of River Whispers) and she's either visited, or done her research on Alaska (setting of Cold Justice). Both books paint a vivid picture of the character's surroundings to the point where the reader sees the mountains and feels the water of the river rushing around them.
Regi is a woman with grit and has strength enough to overcome the overwhelming obstacles in her way. Samuel was my favorite character from both simply because he felt a bit more real to me--a trait I always appreciate in a character. The characters are well-developed and interesting (just meet Wakanda) and the romantic tension between Regi and Samuel is strong enough for the reader to desire a particular outcome, but the author manages it without smut--always a treat.
In Cold Justice, Kathi's newest release, the reader is transported to Alaska where the small town feels like a movie set filled with interesting characters, intrigue and small-town secrets. I like the Raven Clan addition to the book and how the author managed to intertwine that into her murder mystery. You'll want to turn each page to find out who did and what will happen with Regi and Samuel.
Both books are extremely clean and can be read by just about anyone (no sex or language). The reader will notice a religious element in the books, though it is secondary to the suspense and romance, and comes from the character's feelings or desires--it's not a lesson in religion. I found the religion to be me far more present in the second book, which at first threw me off, but it mellowed out as the 'meat' of the story became gripping and I found I wanted to know what was going to happen and how Regi and Samuel's lives would turn out.
Kathi Oram Peterson spins wonderful stories that I would recommend to any reader.
Please note that where the River Whispers provides a good foundation for the second book as far as Regi and Samuel's relationship is concerned, Cold Justice can be read as a stand-alone.
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