My Review (and Giveaway!): Forget Me Not (Crossroads Crisis Center, bk 1) by Vicki Hinze

(Crossroads Crisis Center, Book 1)
by Vicki Hinze

Christian Fiction / Mystery / Suspense

Waterbrook Multnomah
Copyright 2010
Pages:  336
ISBN:  9781601422057


Crossroads Crisis Center owner Benjamin Brandt was a content man - in his faith, his work, and his family. Then in a flash, everything he loved was snatched away. His wife and son were murdered, and grief-stricken Ben lost faith. Determination to find their killers keeps him going, but after three years of dead ends and torment, his hope is dying too. Why had he survived? He'd failed to protect his family.

Now, a mysterious woman appears at Crossroads seeking answers and help - a victim who eerily resembles Ben's deceased wife, Susan. A woman robbed of her identity, her life, of everything except her faith - and Susan's necklace.

The connections between the two women mount, exceeding coincidence, and to keep the truth hidden, someone is willing to kill. Finding out who and why turns Ben and the mystery woman's situation from dangerous to deadly. Their only hope for survival is to work together, trust each other, and face whatever they discover head on, no matter how painful. But will that be enough to save their lives and heal their tattered hearts?

My thoughts:

This was my first experience reading Vicki Hinze, but let me tell you, if will not be my last!  I'm already looking forward to the next book in this series, but will have to wait 'til Spring 2011 to get my hands on it.  Bummer!

I can't give one of my typical reviews of this book, because I would end up giving too much away.  Anyone who is familiar with my reviews knows that I like to focus on each of the main characters lives, as well as add a little something about any secondary characters who might have caught my attention; well, that's just not possible with Forget Me Not.  I can't even tell you the female lead-character's name w/o spoiling a big part of the story!  Yes...it's that intriguing!

Forget Me Not is a fast-pasted book, from the very first sentence, and I read it in a matter of a few hours.  It has it all: international terrorists, corrupt politicians/town leaders, back-stabbing family members, even a few tear-inducing moments.  I think guys would even enjoy this one---it would make an awesome movie!  

Let me also mention, for those of you who may not be fond of the "stronger" faith-themed Christian Fiction books, this one might not be for you, but you should definitely give it a chance as it's well worth your time.  God is a major part of the female character's life and the story just wouldn't be the same w/o His influence throughout the entire book.  Her life revolves around her strong faith in her Heavenly Father.  

In case y'all are wondering if I have completely strayed from my "all-Romance/all the time" roots....no, I have not!  This book even has a romantic angle for us Romance junkies, which I was so excited to discover.  LOL

If you want to check out Vicki Hinze's first foray into Christian Fiction, be sure to grab a copy of Forget Me Not for yourself.  I think you'll be glad you did ---  I know I am!  I'm hoping to get my hands on more of her books, as soon as I can.

Available for purchase directly from the publisher, HERE.

*** Thank you to Liz and Waterbrook Multnomah for the opportunity to review this book, and offer a copy to one lucky commenter! ***


To enter for your chance to win a copy of Forget Me Not, please read the following:

* Leave a comment --- don't forget to include your email address so I can contact you!
* U.S. residents only please (w/a valid mailing address)

* Entries can be submitted until 11:59 pm (EST) on April 23rd

* I will post the winner on April 24th, as well as notify them via the email address provided.

Good Luck!!


Martha Lawson said...

I'm not a regular reader of faith based books, BUT I'm dying to readthis one. It sounds just awesome. I hope I'm lucky enough to win it.

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Lori (sugarandgrits) said...

Good luck, Martha!

Even if you don't win, you should still try to get a copy for yourself...it's really good. :)

Katy said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. It sounds fantastic! I love a good mystery/suspense book!


CeeCee said...

Hi Lori! Please sign me up.

Sara said...

Sounds like a good book. I enjoy fast paced suspense books.


Angie said...

Hi Lori! :)

Please sign me up...this sounds really good!

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Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

Another wonderful review Lori! Please don't enter me...I'm not sure this book is my style.

XOXO~ Renee

Audrey said...

I've been reading a lot of great reviews on Forget Me Not. Thanks for your review, Lori. You have captured my interest! I just started reading another good book, "Her Mother’s Hope." It's a historical drama centered around four generations of women written by Francine Rivers. She is such a gift writer. I hope you can check it out!

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Trinity Rose said...

would love to win this book. just the kind I love. Thanks for the giveaway.
Trinity Rose

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Linda said...

Please enter me. I've read so much about Vicki's book. Thank you.

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rubynreba said...

I'd really like to read this book. Thanks for the chance.

Cindy W. said...

I absolutely love the cover of this book and have it on my to read list. I would love to win a copy...please enter me.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


Julia said...

This is a read for an online group I'm in and I think it sounds fantastic.


Linda Kish said...

I would enjoy reading this book.

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Anonymous said...

This one is definitely on my wish list....please enter me. Thanks!!!

glenda09 said...

I have read some gread reviews on this book! Please enter me!!


Lori (sugarandgrits) said...

WOW! Lots of y'all are interested in this book. The winner is in for a treat. :)

Good Luck to everyone!

~ Lori