“Sapphire Secrets” is a novel that some might describe as edgy Christian fiction. As the story begins, Livy and her twin sister DeeDee are quite happy with their modern life and their New Age beliefs. The twins run a dance studio where they teach. Dancing is particularly important to Livy and she cannot imagine her life without it. When she decides to find out for herself what happened the day her mother died when Livy was only six, some mysterious events begin to transpire and Livy even suffers a devastating injury that could change her life forever.

The first of two books about the McCreary twins, “Sapphire Secrets” is a captivating story filled with mystery, suspense, danger, and romance. It is enlightening to watch Livy’s journey to faith and her relationship with Scott grow as the story progresses. It was also interesting to see how Livy’s new beliefs threatened her relationship with her sister DeeDee. Strong characters and a compelling plot kept me reading well into the night and made me want to also read DeeDee’s story.

I recommend both “Sapphire Secrets” and “Moonstone Secrets” to those who enjoy romantic suspense with a bit of an edge.

I voluntarily reviewed a digital copy of this book provided by the author. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


Twins Livy and DeeDee McCreary open a dance studio in honor of their late mother, whom they lost when they were six. Problem is, Livy remembers nothing of the day her mother died. The more she questions her family about that awful day, the more she suspects she’s been lied to all her life. While she’s seeking answers to what really happened, she keeps crossing paths with handsome engineer Scott Lorenzo, who compels her to question the New Age philosophy she was raised on. What if there is a personal God out there who cares about her? Before Livy can discover answers, a brutal accident interrupts her search. Her life flips upside down as she faces a future she is not prepared for. Yet the unanswered questions continue to haunt her. Can she find the strength to keep on with her quest, even if it means losing the two people most dear to her–her twin, and the man she loves?


Author Dawn V. Cahill pens “Stories of Victorious Faith for the 21st Century,” nearly always with a crossword puzzle, sudoku, or dark chocolate nearby. “The characters in my stories face situations that would have been unthinkable even 20 years ago. We live in a vastly different world than our parents did, and that’s the world I write about.”

Seeing an unfilled niche in the Christian fiction market, Ms Cahill created Hot Topic Fiction at an intensive four-day writers conference. HTF isn’t afraid to explore the question, how does God want us to live out our faith in this not-so-brave new world? Without insulting the reader by offering pat or easy answers–because there aren’t any–HTF tells stories of ordinary Christians following hard after Christ in an upside-down world.

Ms. Cahill also blogs about puppies, substance abuse, and single parenting…sometimes all in the same day. She’s going to finish that novel she started at age 11 called Mitch and the Martians…someday. She has written several newspaper articles, three Christian contemporary novels, and more limericks than she can count. Email her at, or find her on Facebook. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).