Barbour Books (June 1, 2010)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nancy Mehl lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband Norman and her son, Danny. She’s authored nine books and is currently at work on her newest series for Barbour Publishing.
All of Nancy’s novels have an added touch – something for your spirit as well as your soul. “I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing,” Nancy says. “It’s a part of me and of everything I think or do. God is number one in my life. I wouldn’t be writing at all if I didn’t believe that this is what He’s called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan especially for your life, and there is nothing you can’t overcome with His help.”
CREATING FICTION FULL OF FAITH, HOPE AND HEART…
Nancy Mehl is a mystery writer who loves to set her novels in her home state of Kansas. Her three-in-one book, COZY IN KANSAS, contains the first three Ivy Towers’s mysteries: IN THE DEAD OF WINTER, BYE BYE BERTIE, and FOR WHOM THE WEDDING BELL TOLLS which was nominated for the 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year Award in mystery.
She and her husband attend Believer’s Tabernacle in Wichita.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Graphic designer Gracie Temple wants it all: the big city lifestyle and a successful job in advertising. And it looks like her life is on the right track when she takes a job at a struggling, midsize firm in Wichita.
But Gracie Temple’s uncle left her a house in a rural Mennonite community. She soon learns he secluded himself for years to protect a secret about her own father. Now it’s up to Gracie to decide if she’ll keep the secret or if she can afford to expose it.
Sam Goodrich loves his fruit farm in Harmony, Kansas. But when he meets city-girl Gracie, he begins to wonder if he could leave it behind for a woman who makes him feel things he’s never felt before.
When someone tries to keep Gracie from discovering the truth behind the town’s collection of secrets, will Sam and Gracie cling to their faith to help them decide what’s most important…before it’s too late?
When Gracie Temple visits Harmony, Kansas to check out the property she unexpectedly inherited from her uncle, she quickly finds that the town does not live up to its name. There is an undercurrent of tension that seems to become worse with her presence. As she explores her uncle’s house, Gracie discovers a family secret and soon learns that someone in town doesn’t want it known. Only her new friendship with Sam Goodrich helps Gracie to deal with all the problems that beset her.
I loved Simple Secrets. The characters were interesting and the plot moved at the perfect pace. The quaint, peaceful Mennonite town was the perfect foil for the dark secrets and threats. I also liked how the townspeople helped each other despite their differences. An excellent example of faith, grace, and redemption. I would recommend Simple Secrets to anyone who enjoys a cozy mystery.