Saturday, June 14, 2014

Blind Trust by Sandra Orchard

Kate Adams had no idea she was carrying counterfeit money, and she can't believe that it came from her sweet neighbor. Or that it lands her in the middle of another one of Detective Tom Parker's investigations. Determined to prove her neighbor's innocence, Kate stumbles into a pit of intrigue that is far deeper than a two-bit counterfeit operation--and strikes too close to home for comfort. As family secrets come to light, her world--and her budding romance with Tom--begin to crumble. To Kate, it's clear that she won't be safe until she uncovers all of Port Aster's secrets. But is it too late for her and Tom?

It’s always fun, to me, in meeting new authors through different book banters or book chats.  Last year, I was lucky enough to “meet” Sandra Orchard, the author behind last year’s popular book, “Deadly Devotion”.  It was during that chat that Sandra agreed to send me the second book in the series, “Blind Trust”, closer to its release date this year.  Finally, release date is here and I have the book in hand. 

Kate Adams is back, and this time it appears that she is circulating counterfeit $10 bills around Port Aster.  Detective Tom Parker is called in to head the investigation and right away things don’t seem to add up.  Kate may be a lot of things, but a counterfeiter is not one of them.  The investigation continues and the twists and turns come around every corner.  In a side story, Kate’s neighbor is continuing to exhibit bizarre mental behavior and her son is in town pushing for her to be taken to a “home” for her own safety.  As Kate continues nosing around the son, things seem as if his intentions aren’t as true as he lets on.  The mayor is still negotiating to bring GCP Pharmaceuticals to town, a move that will bring a lot of high paying jobs to Port Aster.  Kate is seen as standing in the way as her investigation doesn’t look well and her findings may spell the end of the pharmaceutical companies move.  Throw in a stalker and the suspense never ends.  Is Kate really passing the counterfeit money? What becomes of her neighbor and her son? Does the mayor land his coveted new company? Don’t take any counterfeit money with you when you GO BUY THIS BOOK!!!!

Sandra Orchard’s second book in the thrilling “Port Aster” series takes off what the same gusto as the first book in the series.  We are reintroduced to Kate and Tom, the two main characters and get to catch up several months after the end of the first book.  For this reason, I highly recommend that you read the first book in the series before tackling this second novel.  Ms. Orchard lays out a good synopsis of what happened in the first book, but for me it was much clearer having already read the first book.  There are enough Red Herrings in this book to stock even a pretty good size lake, and I took the bait on each one of them.  With several side stories running in conjunction with the main story, it would be easy to get bogged down in details and other distractions.  But not when Sandra Orchard is the author.  She handles the every fluid story lines like a pro.  While this book doesn’t wrap up completely, it does whet your appetite for the last book in the series.  Which is what I’ve always heard in a good book or movie, “Leave’em wanting more”.  Wanting more is definitely what I want.

Is this a "guy's book"?  Action, suspense, intrigue, danger and a little bit of romance.  This book has it all.  From the first page to the last, this book will take any man on a twisty-curvy path of overall enjoyment.  A must read for any man out there.

About The Author

Sandra Orchard is an award-winning author of inspirational romantic suspense with Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense imprint, and Revell Publishing. She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America and The Word Guild (Canada). A mother of three grown children, she lives in Niagara, Canada with her real-life-hero husband and now writes full time…when not doting on her young grandchildren.  You can learn more about Sandra’s books and bonus features at or connect at

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

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