I always enjoy a historical novel that includes mystery and suspense as part of its story line. Debbie Lynne Costello has provided just that in the first book of her Charleston Earthquake Series, “Shattered Memories”. Most of the story takes place during the aftermath of the Charleston earthquake of August, 1886.
Doctor Andrew Warwick and Olivia Macqueen are the primary characters and the story is told from both points of view. Prior to the earthquake, Drew and Olivia were close to being engaged but injuries sustained during the quake left Olivia with memory loss of events of the past year. To further complicate matters, she believes she is still engaged to another man who may not be the upstanding person Olivia thinks he is.
“Shattered Memories” is a page-turner with plenty of romance and mystery to keep me reading. Unique twists and surprises added to the well-paced plot and I was sorry to reach the end. Details about what took place during and after the quake seemed to be very well researched and enhanced the already good story. A strong message about turning your problems over to the Lord was also appreciated.
My first book by this author, “Shattered Memories” certainly will not be my last one. I recommend it to all who enjoy historical Christian fiction.
A copy of this book was provided for review by Celebrate Lit Publicity Group.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The Charleston earthquake has left destruction like nothing Doctor Andrew Warwick has ever seen. On a desperate mission to find the lady who owns his heart, he frantically searches through the rubble. He finds her injured and lifeless. After she regains consciousness, the doctor’s hopes are quickly dashed as he realizes she doesn’t remember him. Things only get worse when he discovers she believes she’s still engaged to the abusive scoundrel, Lloyd Pratt. Now Drew is on a race with the wedding clock to either help her remember or win her heart again before she marries the wrong man.
Waking in a makeshift hospital, Olivia Macqueen finds herself recovering from a head injury. With amnesia stealing a year of her memories, she has trouble discerning between lies and truth. When her memories start returning in bits and pieces, she must keep up the charade of amnesia until she can find out the truth behind the embezzlement of her family’s business while evading the danger lurking around her.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Debbie Lynne Costello is the author of the #1 Amazon bestseller Sword of Forgiveness, a medieval romance. She has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina where she has worked in many capacities in her church and is currently the Children’s Director. When not spending time with her husband, four children and grandchildren she hangs out with her Arabian and Tennessee Walking horses.