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Riptide (Julesburg Mystery Series #2) Paperback – October 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; English Language edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800757777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800757779
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

ìSuspenseful from start to finish.î Kathleen Morgan, author, Child of Promise and Embrace the Dawn ìPlenty of romance and suspense as well as some hard-hitting life questionsó everything youíd want in a fast-moving, engrossing story.î Gayle Roper, author, Summer Shadows and Spring Rain ìA provocative and tightly woven story with just the right mixture of mystery and romance.î Melody Carlson, author, Blood Sisters and Looking for Cassandra Jane

Sarah MacIntosh has an identical twin who is a true sister of the heart. Quickly forging a close bond after a lifetime of separation, the twenty-five-year-olds share a dream of converting an abandoned theater called The Nevermore into a mini-mall where they can display their artistic wares.

But their project is brought to a halt by a horrifying string of events. Sarah calls on Nick, a contractor bidding on The Nevermore, for help. When the pair investigates, they are pulled into a riptide that reveals a shocking secret about the quiet Oregon community of Julesburg.

About the Author

Lorena McCourtney is the best-selling author of Whirlpool, By Invitation Only, Searching for Stardust, and more than twenty other novels. Her book Forgotten was a finalist for the Romance Writers of America's "most inspirational" book, and Canyon was named one of the top ten Christian novels of the year by the American Library Association's Booklist. Lorena lives in Grants Pass, Oregon.

More About the Author

Lorena McCourtney is a long-time resident of Southern Oregon and enjoys using Oregon settings in her books. She wrote numerous short stories for children before moving on to romances and now to mysteries, often with a bit of humor. She won the American Christian Fiction Writer's Mystery "Book of the Year" and twice won the Daphne Du Maurier Award of Excellence.

Customer Reviews

Mystery, love story, good clean fun.
DGailJones
The story kept me moving along and the characters could have been me or friends.
D. Bargy
This is the second series of books I've read of Lorena McCourtney.
K. Winter

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Penn on July 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
Sisters Sarah McIntosh and Julie Armstrong only recently found one another before being tragically separated again by a catastrophic act of fate. They share a dream of renovating an abandoned theater called The Nevermore, hoping to create a mini-mall where they can display their artistic creations. They invite contractor Nick Nordahl to make a bid for the renovations. Their new found friendship leads to unexpected consequences, however, when a moment in time brings tragedy.
Julie falls asleep in the backseat of the car and Sarah gently covers her, leaving the car running while she runs into a convenience store for milk. Meanwhile, a masked man robs the store, killing the owner, before using Sarah's running car for his get away. He does not see the sleeping woman in the backseat, which profoundly escalates his situation. Subsequently, Sarah struggles with profound issues of grief, guilt and terror. While she believes in God, Sarah lacks the assurance of faith that sustains Nick, creating a terrible wall between them.
Once again author Lorena McCourtney pens a powerful romantic suspense. Profound questions of a spiritual nature lend the novel an emotional and psychological intensity, landing both Sarah and Nick in a riptide of feeling. Unfortunately, the nature of the Christian genre precludes the edgy suspense readers expect when the characters are analyzed from a perspective of good verses evil on a scale of spirituality. Nevertheless, the Nick's determination to save Sarah's life, even if he cannot save her soul, makes him a marvelous hero readers will treasure. With a skillful blend of romantic suspense and realistic spiritual challenges, RIPTIDE comes recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this book immensely and had to read it straight through. Set in the same town as the previous novel in the serious, McCourtney revisits some of the characters she's already introduced. The mystery keeps you guessing until the end leaving hints here and there for you to pick up. It's about two twins that decide to buy the old Nevermore (the theater in town). This building is surrounded by horrible "coincidences" where any person that becomes involved with it ends up dead, badly burned, or some other horrible tragedy. As you may have guessed it, that's what the two twins encounter as well. Filled with struggles towards Christianity and a well-written love story, Whirlpool is a great novel for mystery lovers, Christians, and romantics alike.
I've been collecting this author's works for some time now and this novel reaches the usual McCourtney standard. I'd even stretch this comment as far as being on a caliber up there with Dee Henderson (who I've read avidly). I recommend this novel as a good, quick read that keeps you on your toes.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By gleem on August 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
How can you combine this type of brutality with the excessive and supposedly Christ-centered theology presented in this book? In my opinion you can't--it just doesn't work! I am extremely disappointed in this author and will never read another of Lorena McCourtney's books. The description of the viscious and inhumane way an innocent little animal was treated totally turned my stomach and took away any respect that I had for this author. What is going on with her anyway?
Needless to say, I hated this book and wish that I could give it 10 black marks instead of only one star.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DGailJones on February 27, 2012
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Mystery, love story, good clean fun. McCourtney works Christian values in with life's trials and tribulations and solves mysteries like no ordinary 65 year old character.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Rice on November 18, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
As the author states in her comment to a prior review, the editing errors have been corrected. IMO, books shouldn't be judged by their editors. This is the same kind of story the author usually writes and always a pleasure to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis on June 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a great suspense book - leaves you wondering "Who done it?" It shows you that no matter what evil may exist in the world, that God is still God. Great spiritual lesson about letting go and giving it to God in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janet Cater on July 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
McCourtney has a good plot and characters, but her constant interruptions with Christian messages left me confused. Is this a novel or a Christian tract? The Christian messages seemed to interrupt the flow of the story and did not fit well with a mystery novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Frisby on August 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
The Julesburg Mysteries Series - "Whirlpool, Riptide, and Undertow" by Lorena McCourtney were all exciting suspense stories that made it hard to put down the book before the last page.
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