There are so many wonderful things about this story to keep you engaged. Not only the plot, but I also hope you’ll read the Acknowledgements and the Afterword sections. They’re short but contain some informational jewels ensuring your few moments of read-time will be well spent.
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Cape Refuge is a fictitious island, just south of Savannah Georgia, on the Atlantic Coast. That right there had me hooked. I’ve lived and spent lots of time along the Southeast U.S. Coast. It’s beautiful, linked with Appalachia and the U.S. Marines making it very dear to my heart.
Another aspect I love about the story is two of the main characters are based on real-life individuals. Blackstock explains that this is not a norm to her work but after reading about the folks she fashioned the characters after, wow! No wonder they inspired her! I think for writers to be able to produce characters with real-life counterparts, at least somewhat, are an excellent way to keep a legacy alive, hopefully in good ways.
Something that happens often when reading, especially faith-based content, is seeing God use His writers to speak to me. Cape Refuge is one of those. There are some specific things I’ve been in prayer about the last few weeks. As I was reading, I was yet again amazed to find the very things I’d been praying about being introduced in the book, giving me some confirmation that felt sooooo good to receive and put to use.
Back to the plot...
The residents of Cape Refuge have experienced an absolutely, out-of-the-ordinary tragedy. For at least a few of them, past hurts have caused emotional fractures that grossly color their perception of how to adjust to the new normal, take steps to prevent something similar from happening again, finding out who was responsible and why it came about.
In the sleuthing, a small group of residents uncovers both bright and dark information about people in their community they never imagined be true, in good ways and the bad.
I try to lay as much on the table as possible to entice you to read the books I review, without fouling your adventure with spoilers. This book is sincerely worthwhile if you love mystery and suspense.
Another ShoutOut to the Poseyville Carnegie Public Library for making the photo possible and props for having an excellent (and growing) faith-based fiction collection. In event you visit there, the books of that genre are tagged with light-blue labels to help you spot them quickly.
Please give Cape Refuge a read and let me know how you like it!