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The Collins Case (Heartfelt Cases Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Julie C. Gilbert
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Book Description

Working for the FBI certainly isn’t a “normal” job, but Special Agent Julie Ann Davidson has never encountered a case as personal as this one. Although not officially assigned to the case, Ann and her partner, Patrick Duncan, take up the cause of finding Rachel, Jason, and Emily Collins. As if that task wasn’t enough, Ann and Patrick also have a baffling case of internet thievery to investigate.

Who is Christopher Collins and what about his past is endangering his family? Where are Rachel and the kids being held? Where is God in the midst of chaos? Will Ann and Patrick arrive in time or will they find only pain?

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About the Author

These days, Julie C. Gilbert is once again answering to “Miss Gilbert” as a high school chemistry teacher. She also writes YA, science fiction, fantasy, and Christian stories about characters she comes to admire but certainly not envy. How the characters deal with all the triumphs and troubles that come their way is always a fun adventure for her. When not writing or reading or lesson planning, she enjoys sunshine, coffee, long walks, tea, and video games, not necessarily in that order.

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  • File Size: 3754 KB
  • Print Length: 124 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009ZN1V2E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,885 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun October 4, 2014
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Who says a Christian books is boring. This is a delightful and entertaining breath of fresh air in the world of garbage being published today. You won't have to feel like you need a shower after reading this fun book that won't drag you down with region but keeps the storyline moving along at a fast pace
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Christopher Collins lives a quiet live in Fairview, PA with his wife Rachel and children Jason and Emily. But Chris is not who he says he is as he has a shady past and that past is catching up with him. When his wife and children are kidnapped he knows what he has to do to get them back and keep them alive.

Special Agent Julie Ann Davidson and her partner Patrick Duncan work for the FBI. When Patrick brings Ann a newspaper story about a home explosion that involves an old college friend, Ann knows she has to act. It’s not their case but they end up in the middle of it when the case they are working on- hackers had created the biggest bank robbery in US history, is somehow connected to the Collins case.

Gilbert writes with a fresh pen creating a remarkable story of God’s love, trust and protection. I really enjoyed the depth of these amazing characters whether it’s the agents, the Collins or a minor character such as Ann’s mom the author makes them seem so real and alive. There is plenty of action in a rare storyline for a Christian novel to keep the story rolling especially the shootout in South Dakota. My favorite character is Rachel a strong-willed woman despite her own fears will do whatever she must do to keep her children alive. There is sadness that I won’t spoil but it will break the reader’s heart. But there is plenty of rejoicing in what God does throughout this story as there is a lesson of hope in God’s trust and as a Christian I thought Gilbert writes it amazingly well. Recommendation- yes very highly for Christians seeking stories of God’s love and for the unsaved to experience what God can do in peoples’ lives. I can’t wait to read more from the pen of Julie Gilbert.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling read for 12-16 year-olds! September 5, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Julie Gilbert is writing in a very competitive field, but boy, does she pull it off. Her style is perfectly-pitched for young teens, with a warm, intimate tone, a gripping storyline that never lets up the suspense, and believable family characters.

There are evil villains and dastardly plots afoot, but not a single word in this novel is misplaced or unfit for kids to read -- in fact, there is a wholesome Christian theme -- I won't call it a "message" because the book is primarily a thriller -- which makes sense of the awful things that happen in real life.

Snappy dialogue, lots of interesting characters and a mystery that holds up to the end make this a thrilling read. My 14 year-old loved it, too!

Highly recommended to kids and parents.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars AN OK READ September 24, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition

The book wasn't very realistic to me. I don't understand why someone like Chris would let dome one run his life.I believe the book could have used some editing. The titles and subtitles were right on top of the beginning of the chapters. The book to me was just another of the same suspense books that I've read so many of. This book wasn't any different. It didn't stand out. It took me reading the entire book before any of it started to make any sense to me. I believe the characters needed more development. Maybe cut down on a few of the things that were taking place and develop the others more. One thing I really didn't understand was that if Rachel and Ann were such good friends, why was Ann not recognized by Rachel right off the bat?

The story is basically well written. I just believe it needs more development and the addition of some reality. The book may be fiction, but that little touch of reality always attracts the reader. Sometimes we think people are one way and they turn out not to be. They really aren't who we think they are. This happens a lot in real life. Secrets, sometimes are kept to protect loved ones and sometimes secrets are kept to protect the one who has the secret. I believe the book was just a little too much push on religion and God. This is just my own personal opinion. Overall it's a fair read. I feel it could be improved.

I was given a complimentary copy of THE COLLINS CASE from the author Julie Gilbert for my view of the book. No other compensation took place.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A story with a split personality. May 29, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This book seemed to me to have two distinct plots. There is the storyline of a family's kidnapping and the efforts by the FBI to free them; then there is the gospel message. Granted, this is my first journey into Christian writing, so perhaps this is typical. However, I found the insertion of the religious messages not well meshed with the overall storyline -- the dialog (internal and spoken) seemed forced and too heavy-handed. I think that if Julie could have removed some of the Christian messages the two plots could have meshed and the story would be enhanced. Overall, the plot was good, and I would say that it would be appropriate for YA readers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book a lot but I have to say ... September 30, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this book a lot but I have to say this in not my typical book to read, The characters are great and liked the story line. It's an easy read and it draws the reader in. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Happy reading!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Captivating Mystery!
This is a clean, christian and suspenseful story. It will keep you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. Julie Gilbert is an amazing writer. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Gail D.(Koalabear3)
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, A kidnapping and action!
Just what I was looking for! I happen to love Federal agent books, and this hit the spot! It was a Christian book, but not overly preachy, and a small hint of romance. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Crossfire_Christian
5.0 out of 5 stars The Twists and Turns Gave a Sense of Reality to the Story
Special Agent Julie Ann Davidson unofficially takes part in the case of her kidnapped friend Rachel Collins and her two children while also being assigned her own case with her... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Kathryn svendsen
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, intriguing mystery.
This story starts slowly and the beginning is a bit dull, but the other is different and fairly Interesting. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Linda Jansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Watching God work miracles
This was a well written Christian suspense novel. The characters kept you on the edge of your seat.
The Lord worked on many lives throughout the and we see his loving... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Linda Rainey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mystery
This book surprised me. When the author told me it was a Christian mystery, I really didn't expect to enjoy it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jo Webnar Author
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense and love mixed in.
I loved this book, could not put it down. It was a nice suspense book with a twist of events happening that took you by surprise, it was crime and FBI which turned into a love... Read more
Published 2 months ago by betty
5.0 out of 5 stars Moved to tears
I was caught off guard by the realistic tone of the story, but was so impressed by how the author was able to combine suspense, drama, and christianity together so seamlessly. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kiwi
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down.
I rated this book liked I did because it kept on the edge of my seat. The way the characters relied on God even in heart break is inspiring.
Published 2 months ago by CJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, Clean and Suspenseful
The Collins Case (Heartfelt Cases Book 1) by Julie Gilbert is a fresh, clean, suspenseful read.

Chris Collins is a doctor who lives a normal, quiet life with his wife,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by S.A. Molteni
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More About the Author

Julie is a high school chemistry teacher who spends all summer writing. Her stories tend to fall in YA, YA sci-fi, sci-fi, or Christian mystery genres though on a challenge from a friend, she's also attempted YA paranormal.

She has had the recent privilege of working with some extremely talented people: Timothy Sparvero (artist - book covers), Kristin Condon (actress - narrator for audiobooks), and Matthew Tanner (music composer for audiobooks)

She enjoys warm (not hot) weather, tea, coffee, reading, writing, teaching, and listening to books on CD.

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