Monday, August 16, 2010

Vanishing Act by Liz Johnson

I have several books to review in the next few weeks and Liz Johnson's new Love Inspired Suspense is one I'm tickled to have the opportunity to review. Liz worked in the past booking blog tours and book reviews for other authors. It's a joy to do one for her new book.

I'm totally enjoying Vanishing Act. The unusual twist of having the lead female character become an auto mechanic is interesting. I know a few ladies who really enjoy this work. They change their oil and actually take care of a lot more than I thought was possible. Each time I meet a lady mechanic, it's a surprise. Liz's character is too. She's smart, interesting, and very much a female. I like that she has to face her fears in order to grow and that she has trust issues. She's in a suspense, after all :-)

The male lead is assigned to find and protect her. His job is complicated by hitting an object in the road and that his assignment completely changed her looks.

  Vanishing Act (Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense)Vanishing Act by Liz Johnson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked Vanishing Act a lot because the writer played with our common stereotypes. It's fun to see women break out of standard roles and interesting to see the decisions people make based on erroneous beliefs. Bravo that our heroine was strong, but human. I loved that she enjoyed a healthy lifestyle too. So often the skinny heroine eats a ton of junk food (like the Closer, one of my favorite shows, unrealistic in cause/effect) but never sees the actual results happen to her body. This heroine exercises away her stress. Love that! Thank you, Liz Johnson, for not giving us another stress eater, way too overdone. Nora is courageous and shows us how she builds up the courage to face her fears. She can be quirky and not be all about the food. This is a swift, sweet romantic suspense. Good plot and good character creation and excellent faith moments that are realistic. Those little breath prayers we say through out the day. I enjoyed it very much.

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Angie Breidenbach
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