From the back cover of Sapphire Secrets:
Filled with mystery, romance, and unforgettable characters, Sapphire Secrets is the story of a Seattle woman’s relentless pursuit of truth and God’s power to heal and transform broken lives.
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?
2015 Finalist, ACFW First Impressions Contest
Since this story is not a suspense story, I’ve abandoned my Roller Coaster rating system. However, on Amazon, I will give the story four stars.
Livy McCreary struggles with the story of her mother’s death. She questions her family but doesn’t receive the answers she so desperately wants. In the midst of searching for the truth, she meets Scott Lorenzo who challenges her. As their friendship grows, she begins to question her New Age upbringing.
When a tragedy threatens to toss her entire life upside down, her focus turns inward. Through her grief, she must decide whether to continue the quest for answers at the risk of losing those dearest to her.
The author weaves a compelling story about a young woman on a quest for answers. As she searches for the truth about her mother’s death, her family cannot understand why she can’t leave it alone and accept what she’s been told.
The characters were realistic. A couple of the women in the book were quite content to have a string of one night stands. One was very devious, especially where men were concerned. The Christian characters were flawed and human. They made mistakes along the way. The author didn’t sanitize the story – not even the Christian characters. For me, this made them much more compelling and likable.
That being said, since this is a story of Livy’s faith journey, several characters present the gospel to her. For some readers, this may feel preachy.
If you enjoy journey of faith stories, you’ll find Sapphire Secrets a well-written and compelling story.