I really liked Ruby and Cooper. One the one hand, it was such fun to see these two people from feuding families discover that they were both intensely attracted to each other. Seeing their relationship ebb and flow through the story was entertaining. There was great romantic tension between these two. But, also interesting, was the way these two characters dealt with painful situations. Ruby closed up and hardened her heart toward others and toward God when bad things happened. Cooper, on the other hand, exhibited a sort of peace through the struggles that could only come from God.
The twenty-year-old mystery of a little girl’s disappearance was at the heart of all of the troubles in this book. It was a very interesting thread running through the book. There were so many possible suspects to choose from and plenty of animosity was flowing between many of the people in this small town. I enjoyed the setting of this book being on a raptor sanctuary and I felt that the little details about the wildlife really added to the story. Hazardous Homecoming was a great read! (5 stars)
Thank you to the author for the complimentary copy of this book that I received in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Ruby Hudson finds new evidence that could shed light on her childhood friend’s disappearance. But she’ll have to fight for her life to keep it out of the wrong person’s hands. Cooper Stokes’ brother is still the prime suspect, and as the cold case heats up, so do Ruby’s forgotten feelings for Cooper. Ruby wants justice for her friend. Cooper wants to prove his brother’s innocence. Despite being on opposite sides, they find themselves drawn to one another. But the deeper they dig into decades-old secrets, the closer they come to having to make a choice between family and love.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dana Mentink lives in California where the weather is golden and the cheese is divine. Her family includes two little girls (affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo.) Papa Bear works for the fire department and he met Dana doing a dinner theater production of The Velveteen Rabbit. Ironically, their parts were husband and wife.
Dana is an American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year finalist for romantic suspense and an award winner in the Pacific Northwest Writers Literary Contest. Her suspense novel, Betrayal in the Badlands, earned a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third and fourth grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, Yogi, Boo Boo, a dog with social anxiety problems, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet.