The Church Builder by A.L Shields

The Church Builder creates a complex world of characters and brings them together in a dynamic way. Two opposing forces are at work in the life of young lawyer Bethany Barclay, who is accused of murder after a her former client’s son (and her ex) is found murdered in her kitchen. Bethany goes on a quest to discover who is behind the murder and is caught up in a larger conspiracy between The Garden and The Wilderness. The reader is left to decide which side is actually good and which is evil. The ending makes you want the next book right away but doesn’t have such a cliff hanger as to be unsatisfying. A thrill a minute read.

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Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury

The first in a series by Karen Kinsgbury, Angels Walking tells the intertwined stories of former national baseball star Tyler Ames, his one true love, Sami Dawson, and the elderly Alzheimer’s patient Virginia Hetcheson. Tyler suffers a career-ending injury on his way to the big leagues. During his quest for fame as a major league pitcher, Tyler has driven away everyone he loves. When trying to find a way to rebuild his life, a series of small miracles leads Tyler to a maintenance job at a retirement home and a friendship with Virginia, who strangely might have the answers he so desperately seeks.

Meanwhile, Sami has moved on to a safe, if boring, relationship with an upwardly mobile lawyer. She has never gotten over Tyler, but when she hears from him again will she risk the security she’s always craved?

A team of Angels Walking take on the mission to restore hope for Tyler, Sami, and Virginia.

I found this book extremely satisfying. Tyler and Sami are flawed but likable characters who you really want to root for. The story is rich with detail, though sometimes it seems a little forced. Still, Tyler, Sami, and Virginia’s journeys give the reader lots to think about and characters that you can really get behind. The angels’ works slot well into the story without being too overt. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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