Sins of the Past: A Romantic Suspense Novella CollectionDani Pettrey, Dee Henderson, Lynette Eason, Dee Dani Pettrey and Lynett Henderson
Three blockbuster authors team up for a "triple threat" page-turner! In Missing, a Wyoming sheriff must travel to Chicago to rescue his elderly mother. In Shadowed, the McKennas come face-to-face with a possible Russian defector. And in Blackout, a woman falsely accused of t... Read More
- Hardcover: $19.99
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Apr 19, 2016
- UPC: 9780764217975
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 384
- Publish Date: May 3, 2016
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042040"
- ISBN: 0764217976
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- Great Weekend Read by Seasons of Opportunities on 7/20/2016
The three ladies that wrote this book are some of my favorite suspense authors, so I had to jump at the chance to read this novella. I was not disappointed! All the stories were fantastic and held my attention.
I was so excited to read a bit about the McKenna family history in Dani Pettrey's novella. What a fun opportunity to see into their past and how the adventurous qualities of the parents were passed down to the children. This was probably one of my favorite of the three.
I also enjoyed Blackout by Lynette Eason in which Macey is slowly remembering an accident and the surrounding events of that night. But someone is not wanting her to remember, and someone is. She is facing danger from an unknown source and the suspense grows as her memories return.
One thing that I don't particularly like about novellas is that it seems like they fall in love overnight but in these books for the most part that did not necessarily happen. The couples had known each other for years even if they were not romantically involved or the romance was slow blossoming, or there was a spark, but they took their time getting to know each other. I enjoyed that. The mystery and suspense was appealing with plenty of twists.
I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to review the book positively.
- awesome read! by Mark on 6/14/2016
I am not a fan of books like this where a few different authors each write a novella.......however, Pettrey and Eason are among my favorite authors, and Henderson has written some great books in the past... so I bit and requested it to review.
Since I am not sure how to review this book, I will do a short review for each story:
Missing by Dee Henderson:
Of the three stories in the book, this one would rate the lowest. I liked the main characters, but the plot and answer to the mystery were a tad bit disappointing, but maybe it was just me. It was an interesting story that held my interest. I just found the ending a bit disappointing.
Shadowed by Dani Pettrey:
I wasn't sure about this one at first. I love Dani's books, and her Alaskan Courage Series is among the best Christian suspense out there...... but it is set in 1979. I was hoping it would pick up where that series left off.
Then I started reading it, and loved it - I should not have doubted the author. If you have read the Alaskan Courage Series that centers around the motherless and fatherless McKenna adult children, you will definitely want to read this novella. Dani wrote it about the parents and how they met, and of course there is a nail biting mystery going on. This story was the best of the three, and I absolutely loved it. Suspense, cold war, romance, and a lot of mystery and drama....definitely 5 stars.
Blackout by Lynette Eason
Lynette is another favorite author who never disappoints, and she proves she can write as great of a novella as she can a full length novel. This one had a great plot, and very likable characters. The author packed a lot of suspense and mystery into so few pages, and she kept me guessing as to what was going to happen next and how it would turn out.
This novella collection is definitely worth reading, and I recommend it to suspense lovers.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
- Sins of the Past Come Back to Haunt! by Robin on 6/2/2016
Sins of the Past
Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey and Lynette Eason
Book Summary: Three Novellas from Bestselling Authors
In Dee Henderson's "Missing," a Wyoming sheriff is called to Chicago when his elderly mother goes missing. Paired with a savvy Chicago cop, the two realize her disappearance is no accident, and a race against the clock begins.
Dani Pettrey returns to Alaska with "Shadowed," introducing readers to the parents of her beloved McKenna clan. Adventure, romance, and danger collide when a young fisherman nets the body of an open-water swimming competitor who may actually be a possible Russian defector.
Lynette Eason's "Blackout" delivers the story of a woman once implicated in a robbery gone wrong. The loot has never been found--but her memory of that night has always been unreliable. Can she remember enough to find her way to safety when the true culprit comes after her?
Review: Great set of authors that come together for an equally great story from each of them!!!
Missing - Intense beginning with an exciting adventure to find John’s mom. The speed of the story was fantastic! A lot happened in a the brief pages of this story. About two thirds of the way through the book his mom is found safe and sound. Than unravelling the mystery begins. From start to finish a great read and quite a fast one at that.
Shadowed - A blast from the past. Well captured in this story! The year is 1979 and Libby and Ben, the parents of the McKenna clan are meeting for the first time. A bit of nostalgia, without having to wear the clothes or live through the time again - or perhaps for some the first time. Laying the ground work for the McKenna house and excitement of Alaska rolled into one.
Blackout - Heart pounding and intense story. From the first line to the end this roller coast caps off the book with a true grand finally. The lead characters were flawed and realistic. Macey was not the straight arrow most lead characters are portrayed. Chad was a great lead with some shyness showing throughout. It was well written garnering sympathy for those who died and root for justice to be done. Loved Lilly and want to know when her mystery and romance will happen!
I would like to thank Net Galley and Bethany House Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
- Christian Shelf-Esteem's review of Sins of the Past by Amanda on 5/27/2016
Officially my first poolside read of 2016, Sins of the Past was a wonderful way to kick off my Summer Reading.
This is only the second novella I've ever read. The novella concept is growing on me for a variety of reasons:
1. The lure of familiar authors introduces me to an unfamiliar ones.
2. Single serving stories are great for short intense bursts of reading.
3. With so much concentrated action, I wasn't tempted to set my book aside when my reading was interrupted by a "Hey Mom, watch this!"
Unlike the first novella that I read where all of the stories intertwined, Sins of the Past is made up of three romantic suspense novels that are entirely unrelated.
MISSING, by new-to-me author Dee Henderson, kicked off this romantic suspense collection. It unfolds in present day Chicago after an elderly woman disappears from an assisted living center. Her son, Wyoming sheriff John Graham, is met at the airport by Lieutenant Sharon Noble. The two waste no time theorizing and trying to pin down the events that lead up to Martha's disappearance. Around chapter 7 I realized that I didn't have a clear idea in my head of what these main characters looked like. I liked how, up to this point, the author chose to base their mutual attraction solely on personality and mutual respect. Missing wasn't exactly a nail-biter for me, but I'll read more from Dee Henderson in the future.
SHADOWED gave me a healthy dose of the fast-paced, high adventure fiction which always endears me to it's author. Veteran Pettrey fans and new readers alike will be enchanted by boat captain Ben McKenna's affections for the mermaid-esque competitive swimmer Libby Jennings. Together, under the continual threat of danger, they search to uncover who murdered Libby's greatest racing competitor. I finished this book with a great satisfaction and huge smile having gained new insights into the McKenna family of Dani Pettrey's Alaskan Courage series.
If I were to compare BLACKOUT to a cup of coffee, it would definitely be a double shot of espresso, because it really got my heart pumping. Memory flashbacks provide readers with clues to the mystery of who is hunting Macey Adams. The unrelenting action of Lynette Eason's writing keeps readers on the edge of their seats until the villain's grand reveal.
I liked the composition and crescendo of the novella. Even though the stories were unrelated in many respects, the common element of suspense was enough to bind them together. Sins of the Past is definitely one for the beach bag.
I received this book from the author for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
- Great read all three stories. by aussiegirl on 5/24/2016
Sins Of The Past
A Romantic Suspense Novella Collection
Missing By: Dee Henderson
John Graham is police chief for Cheyenne, Wyoming. He once did undercover work. So he knows to remain calm in a crisis- except this time it’s his family. Will he be able to remain calm or will he forget how to remain calm and go off half cocked?
So as you travel with Chief Graham to Chicago as he will now be on a case of a family member. He flies to Chicago and there waiting at the airport is a Chicago cop. John will be paired with a Lieutenant to find out just what took place. The Chicago cop called the case missing persons but they are fighting against time. As the investigation goes on John find this Lieutenant from Riverside P.D is very smart and great to work with. As time is running out will they find her in time to see the Holiday Season that she loves so much?
With all the twist and turns and the mystery just gets more mysterious with each turn of the pages you won’t want to put this books down.
Shadowed By: Dani Pettrey
AS I read this book I am trying to figure out if this is part of the Alaskan Courage Series., ( that series is great by the way).
As you travel to Alaska with Libby a lady that is there for open water swimming completion the water is 42 degrees, as chills runs up my spine just reading about the ice cold water Libby is practicing in and the so later all the ladies will be competing and the danger in those waters.
Libby is waiting on the prier as the rain is pouring and she sees no one else there for the Humpback whale tour. Then here comes Ben McKenna the tour guide and still no one else is there still Libby is determined to go on that tour regardless of no one else being there and the pouring rain after all she swims in that cold water what’s a little rain? As you travel with Ben and Libby the tension starts to mount very quickly and their live are in danger no matter where they seem to go. As they travel and the chase gets hotter and more mysterious. As you travel with Ben and Libby you’ll meet a lot of interesting people and not so nice people.
The twist and turns will have you turning the pages and not wanting to put the book down.
Blackout By: Lynette Eason
Now you’ll be traveling with a lady that can’t remember 6 years ago. She was implicated in a robbery gone wrong but she still finds herself in danger years later. Her memory of that night starts to come back slowly the bad part is her memory of that night isn’t reliable. Things start to happen to her and the migraines get a lot worse. Chad her neighbor wants to help her only she doesn’t trust and one. Will she find safety or will they find her first? As she starts to remember more things get more dangerous and things are heating up pretty fast. Her friend Chad maybe her only help to stay safe will she let him get close enough to help her?
I loved this book and all three stories are great. I recommend this book highly. I read it in one day.
I received this book free from BethanyHouse for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review just an honest one. The opinions are entirely mine and no one else’s
- Review from Rambles of a SAHM by Fitzysmom on 5/11/2016
I was so excited to get my hands on this book. Three of my favorite romantic suspense authors all under one cover. What could possibly be better?
The funny thing is that I don't usually gravitate to novellas. I like my stories long and detailed. But this collection may have changed my mind. Since the stories had to be short the action began right from the beginning. The pace was fast and the drama unfolded quickly. Because of these details I actually thought the stories were even more suspenseful.
The first story, Missing, from Dee Henderson is not only heart-pounding it is also heart-gripping. Beyond the shear terror of a missing person's tale this is also a beautiful story of a mother and son and their deep love for each other.
The second story, Shadowed, by Dani Pettrey was a scary but fun trip back in time. The setting is the late 70's in Yancey, Alaska. As a fan of Dani's Alaskan Courage series I was delighted to read the story of Ben and Libby and the beginning of the future McKenna clan. If you've read that series, you must read this as well.
The third and final story, Blackout, by Lynette Eason is a quick snapshot of Lynette's amazing crime drama style. The story was so fast and intense that I didn't figure out the killer until the person was revealed. I would have liked to see this one as a full novel just because I wanted more details but it was a very satisfying and complete read.
If you're a fan of romantic suspense you need to tuck this one into your summer reading stash. You won't be disappointed!
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
- Faith woven suspense by Noreen on 5/11/2016
You all know how I love to read and last weekend I got a new book to review from Bethany House. A bonus was that there were three novella's from a couple of my all time favorite authors. It was a win-win situation! They were all fast reads and just such great plots. Let me share their descriptions of the stories and my honest opinion.
Dani Pettrey is an author I only discovered in the last year or two, but I love her stories because most of them are set in Alaska. Her characters are rich and believable as well as charming. You know I fell in love with Alaska years ago, but only got to visit there three years ago. Dani takes you into the surroundings and keeps you captivated by the unfolding suspenseful storyline.
Shadowed by Dani Pettrey
Dani Pettrey returns to Yancey, Alaska, introducing readers to the parents of her beloved McKenna clan.
Adventure, romance, and danger collide when a young fisherman nets the body of a open water swimming competitor and possible Russian defector. Turning to a college friend of the woman, the two begin to try and solve her death.
I have been a long time fan of Dee Henderson and have read all of her series. She always kept me on the edge of my seat and I loved her stories. However, her last book wasn't quite up to par, so it was wonderful to see her writing closer to what she started out with. I always felt like her characters were family or friends and the plots were mysterious. This story is the same; kept me going until the very end with twists and turns. Well done, Dee.
Also featuring Missing by Dee Henderson — Wyoming sheriff is called to Chicago when his elderly mother goes missing. Paired with a savvy Chicago cop, the two realize her disappearance is no accident, and a race against the clock begins.
I was not familiar with Lynette Eason stories before, but I enjoyed this story equally. I could identify with the characters and loved the romance that weaved through the storyline. I will definitely be looking for more of her books.
And Blackout by Lynette Eason — the story of a woman once implicated in a robbery gone wrong. The loot has never been found–but her memory of that night has always been unreliable. Can she remember enough to find her way to safety when the true culprit comes after her?
I would highly recommend this book! I received it without any compensation, from Bethany House, for my honest review.
- Three Best-Selling Romantic Suspense Authors in One Collection by Suzie on 4/4/2016
Take three popular, successful inspirational romantic suspense authors and put them together in an anthology and you get Sins of the Past. It’s a non-stop, engaging, and of course suspense-filled collection of novellas from Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, and Lynette Eason.
Interestingly, each novella is completely different. The only theme running through each of these stories is the crime. But the collection works. It’s just an appetizer for those who are waiting on something new from any of these authors.
Henderson’s story centers on a missing person and the investigation to find her. Fans of Pettrey’s Alaskan Courage series will enjoy reading about how the McKenna siblings’ parents met, and Lynette Eason’s chiller about a woman whose past has come back to haunt her.
May is a busy, busy month for the Christian fiction publishing industry but be sure and add this one to your list to pick up. Better yet, go ahead and pre-order it now so you don’t forget about it.
***Bethany House Publishers provided me with a digital copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.
- Three Suspenseful Novellas by Three Awesome Authors! by Cindy on 3/20/2016
What does Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey and Lynette Eason have in common? Simply put, Sins of the Past. When I first saw this book that contains three novellas by three wonderful authors I had to snatch it up.
I loved this book! Each novella was written by three different writers, yet their voices are so similar that I found myself almost believing one person wrote all three novellas. I mean that as a total compliment to these wonderful authors, Bethany House did an awesome job of combining three authors who write similarly. It made one story flow to the next (even though the stories are all unrelated).
The characterization of all three novellas was excellent. Usually, because novellas are shorter in length, the reader doesn't really get to know the characters, but in all three novellas the characters seemed real and pulled me into their stories from the first page.
I would highly recommend Sins of the Past to anyone who enjoys a good clean Suspense novel and for all fans of Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey and Lynette Eason,.
On a 5 Star scale - 4.5 Stars!
I would like to thank NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers for my e-copy of Sins of the Past. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review.