Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Book Review & Give Away: Missing by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen


From the back of Missing by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen:

A BYU-Idaho choir tour in British Columbia turns out to be anything but ordinary when soloist Stacie Cox spots a kidnapped child from Rexburg during a performance. Before Stacie can alert the authorities, the little girl disappears. Stacie vows to find and rescue her, a choice that forces her to deal with her guilt-ridden past and another little girl that haunts her dreams. When the handsome Matt Brennan helps Stacie in the search, she tries to resist the attraction she feels for him. Yet as he gains her friendship and trust, her resolve to never fall in love begins to crumble. And after a series of harrowing events, Stacie must decide if she is willing to sacrifice her life - and a possible future with Matt - to save a stranger.


I was very excited when Ronda's publisher contacted me and asked me if I'd like to read and review her new book. Honestly, I had been waiting for it come out so I could snatch it up. Next to romance & humor, I love mysteries! And this book is definitely filled with mystery, some romance, and a bit of humor, too.

The prologue takes place when Stacie is just a young teen, spending the summer at her aunt and uncle's campground, when disaster strikes. A young girl drowns in the campground pool while Stacie is supposed to be watching her brothers. This scene just ripped my heart out.

The first chapter actually kind of confused me. This is the kidnapping scene. I actually wondered if Stacie was the kidnapper at first. I thought she had run away, changed her name, led a difficult life, which eventually led to kidnapping a young girl who looked like the girl who had drowned. But that assumption was totally dispelled when I moved past that scene and caught up with Stacie during her BYU-Idaho concert tour.

During one of her Christmas concerts in Canada, Stacie sees the kidnapped girl and recognizes her from the missing posters she had seen in Idaho. She abruptly cuts off her solo and runs, trying to reach the girl before she disappears with her kidnapper in the crowd. Her attempt is unsuccessful. The police aren't very helpful, and Stacie becomes determined to try to track the girl down.

All along the way, Stacie encounters obstacles, but is rewarded with clues here and there that keep her on the right trail. The pacing is fast, and kept me glued to the book. I was gripping the book for the last few chapters, hoping and hoping she would find the little girl, rescue her from the psycho kidnapper . . .

Missing is a gripping novel that kept me plastered to my coach, eyes reading as fast as I could, and swatting my kids away to go make PB&J for dinner. I just couldn't put the book down. This is an excellent first book by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen. I hope she'll have another book out soon!

Visit Ronda's website here.

You can purchase Missing though this link:



Missing Give Away:

I have two copies of Missing by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen for this give away. There are several ways to enter - be sure to leave a comment for each entry! This contest ends on Dec. 15th at noon. The winner will be announced that evening and must contact me within 48 hours or a new winner will be drawn.

1. Leave a comment on this post. Tell me why you'd like this book.

2.Facebook the contest and share the link back to this post.

3. Tweet about this contest with a link to this post.

4. Follow me on Twitter @TaDaFerguson

5. Become a Queen of the Clan follower.

6. Sign up for my newsletter-- email: QueenOfTheClan@gmail.com

Receive additional 5 entries! Blog about this contest. If you have a private blog, it will not be eligible for this part of the contest. In your blog post, please use the tags: Queen of the Clan and Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen. Also, be sure to provide a link back to my blog: www.QueenOfTheClan.com

37 comments:

SewCalGal said...

What a thorough & delightful book review. Sounds like a great read.
I just posted about your giveaway on my site for sharing insights on contests & giveaways: http://sewcalgalcontestinfo.blogspot.com/

SewCalGal
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Michele Ashman Bell said...

I'm reading this book right now! What an awesome review.

Taffy said...

I thought I was a follower! Now I am.

Taffy said...

The cover compels me to read the book! What is that saying about judging a book by its cover??

Taffy said...

I twitted (that's such a funny word to me)!

Taffy said...

I added it to my blog as well. Just because.

Stephanie Humphreys said...

I agree with Tafyy. I love the cover. Of course, I also want to read it because the main character takes a trip to Canada. Nothing like reading about home!

Stephanie Humphreys said...

I alos posted a link on Facebook.

Stephanie Humphreys said...

I also posted a link on Twitter.

Stephanie Humphreys said...

I'm already a follower of you blog.

Stephanie Humphreys said...

And I just became a follower on Twitter.

Stephanie Humphreys said...

And last but not least, I posted about the contest on my blog.

SewCalGal said...

I love to read realistic books with a good plot. Your review certainly makes this bok sound like a great read. Please count me in your giveaway.

SewCalGal
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SewCalGal said...

I have posted this on Facebook.

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SewCalGal said...

I follow you on twitter and I've also posted this on Twitter.

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SewCalGal said...

I follow you with delight!

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Valerie Ipson said...

I'm already a follower of Queen of the Clan!

Valerie Ipson said...

I would love to win and read this book. I love a good mystery!

Valerie Ipson said...

I just become a follower on Twitter.

Valerie Ipson said...

I just retweeted your tweet about the book review.

Bre Ahrens said...

I always love a good mystery...and with the holidays coming up, i'll actually have time to read! (PS...Isaac is turning into a little man! what happen to my little boy!?!?! I swear he was just in kindergarten with me.)

ali said...

I would LOVE to win a copy! Why? Because I love Ronda. But also because I love mysteries and this sounds like a good one :)

I tweeted too!

Kimberly Job said...

From past experience with Rhonda, I know she's a great writer and really want to read this book.

Kimberly Job said...

I'm a follower! :)

Kimberly Job said...

I'm already a follower on twitter too.

Kimberly Job said...

I'm pretty sure I'm signed up for your newsletter too.

Lori Nawyn said...

I would love to win a copy of this book because I live in Brigham and so does Ronda and I've never met her...at least I don't think I have.

I blogged about the contest on my writing blog: www.forethoughtandpurpose.blogspot.com.

C.L. (Cindy) Beck, author said...

Ooo, me, me! I'd like to win. It's a terrific book and very suspenseful!

Love 2 Quilt said...

The book sounds great. I'd love to read it.

Haley Hatch Freeman said...

Yay! It worked this time =)
Thanks for helping me spread the word about my contest too. (afutuerfortomorrow.blogspot.com)I appreciate your support.
Also I would love to be in this drawing. This book looks intriguing.

I added you to my twitter too

Heather Justesen said...

Hey, Danyelle, I'd love to win this book because it's been through several revisions since I critiqued it for her. I'd love to see the changes she's made to it.

I follow you on Twitter and have tweeted. I follow QOTC on Facebook and mentioned it there. I also blogged about the contest. Hope you get tons more entries!

Debby said...

Witha wonderful cover and an enticing review, who woul dnot want to read htis book? I hope I win.
debby236 @ att .net

Rachelle said...

I definitely want to read this book. I'm excited to read this story I've heard so much about!

Okay, I've done #1, 4, 5, 6 and I'll try and get the others done and let you know.

pippirose said...

I'd love to win this book, because it sounds intriguing. I grew up in B.C, and I love reading books that take place in familiar territory.
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pippirose said...

I follow your blog.
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I signed up for your newsletter.
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I follow you on Twitter
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