Saturday, September 27, 2008

Book Review: Eyes of a Stranger by Rachel Ann Nunes

"On the first day of her new life, Tawnia McKnight finds herself in Oregon, her fifth state in ten years. Another new job, new friends, a heartache left far behind. Maybe in Portland she can at last find what she is looking for. Maybe she can even forget Bret Winn. But when a tragic bridge collapse rocks the city, Tawnia is thrust back into the life of the man she thought she'd never see again. Then Bret introduces her to the eccentric Autumn Rain — a stranger with inexplicably familiar eyes — and Tawnia finds herself drawn into a web of confusion and deceit. Autumn's suffering over her missing father seems to be real, but there is much that cannot be explained. Will Tawnia find what she is looking for, or will everything she is beginning to care about slip once again from her grasp?"


Rachel Ann Nunes is a hugely popular LDS romance/suspense author. I've been reading her books for ten years now. I remember going to the library and coming home with a huge stack of books, which I'd devour in a week . . . then head back for more. She has over thirty books published in the LDS market, and I believe there are only three of them I haven't had a chance to read yet.

A few years ago, Rachel branched out into the national market. This is her third national market book. When I read the blurb on the back, I was instantly intrigued. In fact, I received an email from Rachel on Tuesday that Eyes of a Stranger was officially on the bookshelves . . . then Saturday (while in Utah) I purchased it before heading to the airport.

I really enjoyed the story of Tawnia and Autumn - twins separated at birth, who find each other by accident after a tragic disaster. I enjoyed the characters and got caught up in the romantic struggles between Tawnia and Bret. The only downfall of the book was that I had figured out which individuals were responsible for the bridge collapse a little over half-way through the book. There was a slight twist at the end, but no big surprises. Still, I couldn't put the book down and kept reading until I finished it quite late last Tuesday night.

Eyes of a Stranger is available for purchase here.

QOTC Rating: Four Stars

Hint, Hint . . . If you go to Rachel's website, you'll see that if you register, you can get access to some pretty darn cool stuff. Rachel sends out a newsletter about once a month with an update on writing and life. There's no spam. If you do decide to register, please use my name (Danyelle Ferguson) as a referral. Rachel keeps track and you (and I) can earn free books and other prizes. Free is always nice. :)

2 comments:

gsd4de said...

Nice review. I haven't had a chance to read this one yet..I've read her other books. All of them. I like her mainstream books she has written.
I kinda wish I hadn't already signed up for Rachel's website/newsletter so you could get more free stuff :)
Oh, and as a side note...sounds like you had a great vacation here in Utah. Makes me want to go somewhere just so that I have something fun to talk about :-D

Danyelle Ferguson said...

De - Vacations are fun. But just wait, you'll have tons to blog about after the storymakers conference in April. I know it's still a bit away, but to me it seems like it's just around the corner. Of course, Christmas seems like it's next month, when it's really three months away. Time just goes by so quickly though . . .

Review Disclaimer: Sometimes a book I review has been sent to me for free by a publisher or an author. This in no way effects my review, which is my own opinion about whether the book was a good read for me, fit my tastes, and if I would recommend it to others. Other than possibly a free book, I am not compensated in any way for posting a review.