Thursday, May 18, 2023

COUNTERFEIT FAITH by Crystal Caudill, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise #NewRelease

With an unfailing, solid faith thread, Ms. Caudill tells a story of love blooming in the face of adversity. Secret Service Agent Josiah Isaacs is investigating Final Chance House of Refuge for possible connection to counterfeiting.

Gwendolyn is matron of Final Chance and has her hands full and suspects abuse is going on with the boys side of the refuge. But her faith is evident in the way she treats her charges and recites a constant prayer: “Help Thou my unbelief.” I was also pleased to see my favorite verse Romans 8:38 & 39 which tells that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. Gwendolyn helps Josiah along on his spiritual journey with the words: “It is not our doubt that defines our faith. Faith redefines our doubts.”

This is a layered story that gives lessons along with entertainment, there is historical information, a romance, and an exciting and dangerous mystery to solve, as well as family drama, forgiveness, and compassion.

This is a worthy end to the series by an accomplished author.
* I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel on behalf of the author. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*5 stars and a solid faith thread

BackCover Blurb:
She's losing her faith in mankind. He's lost his faith in God. Can working together restore them both?

As matron of Final Chance House of Refuge, Gwendolyn Ellison has dedicated her life to serving the children deemed delinquents by society. She'll protect them with everything she has. So when she suspects someone is using Final Chance for criminal deeds, she's determined to investigate and put a stop to it. But villains don't like to be crossed--and they're willing to kill to get their way.

Gwendolyn knows she can't quit fighting. More than her own life is on the line if counterfeiters go free. She must find someone she can trust to help her expose the criminals and protect the children under her care.

Charming and chivalrous Secret Service operative Josiah Isaacs has never been able to turn his back on a woman in trouble--and capturing counterfeiters is his job, after all. The danger he's truly worried about is his growing attraction to Gwendolyn when his heart wants to remain faithful to his deceased wife.

As both peril and interest grow, he begins to consider whether a second love may be possible--if they can live through this case. At the same time, he's put off by her faith in a God he no longer trusts. How can a future together even be possible when their beliefs are at odds?


Kregel Publishing, May 16th, 2023
Available in digital ebook and paperback at Amazon, Christianbook .com, or Baker Book House



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