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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: 451 KB
  • Print Length: 125 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009ZN1V2E
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,921 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
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 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
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Christian fiction with a twist November 30, 2014
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Gilbert`s fresh, inviting, upbeat writing style is easy to follow and very captivating. The unique and well thought out storyline will keep you on your toes throughout. Suspense runs wild as Gilbert draws you further and further into the world that she`s created. Although in essence this is a Christian novel, it`s one that will be enjoyed by many who enjoy something with some suspense. There are definitely Christian undertones to the novel but the author neither preaches at you nor makes it the focal point of the story.

The characters in this novel were well developed and unique. The contrasts between the individuals that Gilbert creates and the stereotype norm is very marked and adds much originality to the novel. The strong, original characters keep you hooked, wanting to get to know them better and to see how things work out for them.

I will admit that I do judge a book by its cover. It`s definitely what catches my eye and gets me to pick it up in the first place. This is one of those books that you shouldn`t judge by the cover. The very cartoon-ey cover definitely doesn`t do justice to the intriguing story that you`ll find within.

This was a very enjoyable novel that I wouldn`t hesitate to recommend to others. I`ll definitely be reading more from this series in the future.

Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Book is great, cover is misleading.
I have to say I initially had some doubts about this book but I really liked it. The story was gripping and full of suspense. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Cynthia L. Conway
5.0 out of 5 stars A touching, exciting, well written Christian based mystery
I was given a complimentary copy of this book for review. I just finished it, and then read some of the lower-star reviews. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Judy B Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
the story is all about how the Lord helped a young Dr. and mother who was kidnapped with her children..
Published 18 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read. I highly recommend it.
There was a lot of action to satisfy and you can feel God's presenter throughout the story. God was surely with the author. It kept me at the edge of my seat. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bev
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected fun clean mystery
The Collins Case is not what I was expecting. It was better. There is action, romance,and suspense all the way, or as I call it a figure it out. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Misty Iputi
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written story that holds the reader's attention through the ...
Well written story that holds the reader's attention through the search for a friend in danger. There are enough plot differences from other books that it surprises but is very... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Roxanne Shappell
5.0 out of 5 stars Really God book
Loved this book. It was an easy read but filled with action. God's grace and mercy were explained throughout the book just as it should be in a Christian novel. Read more
Published 2 months ago by mfa
5.0 out of 5 stars Just when I needed it!
I gave this book five stars because the author touched on so many issues that we face,and she used Godly grace and wisdom in dealing with matters such as forgiveness, grief,fear,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jackster
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christian Story for Everyone
Rachel Collins felt her life was perfect. She had a job she loved, a wonderful husband, and two great children. Then everything changed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sidney W. Frost
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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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