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"The author writes beautifully about those who struggle with the apparent hypocrisy of Christians...outstanding real-life dialogue..."

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Hannah Alexander is the pen name of husband-and-wife writing team Dr. Mel and Cheryl Hodde, who make their home in a homey Ozarks setting like those featured in their novels. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Steeple Hill (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373785178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373785179
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,033,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When Hannah Met Alexander: (or when Cheryl met Mel)

It was a set-up from the beginning, and I wasn't interested. All I'd ever experienced with men in my adult life was pain and rejection, and so after my divorce was final, I settled down to enjoy being a single woman. My meddling pastor, Ron, however, had different ideas.

"Cheryl," he said at church one night, "I found a man for you."

"What? Are you kidding me? Brother Ron, you're crazy!"

I argued with great vehemence, but when Ron wanted his way, he got it. That night he dragged poor Mel to the back of the church as I tried to escape out the door. Mel wasn't what I expected, however. He was nothing like the men I'd known in the past. He was gentle, shy, intelligent. I got rid of him as soon as I could, of course, but that wasn't the end of it. A few weeks later, while I was eating out with a group of friends, in walked Mel. Ron gently shoved a young friend of mine from the seat beside me and beckoned to Mel to sit there. I was amazed, embarrassed, and couldn't think of a thing to say. Neither, apparently, could Mel.

I broke the silence with a discussion of my lifelong passion. "So, you're a doctor? Could you help me paralyze someone?"

You know that "deer-in-headlights" look some people get in the presence of serial killers? That was Mel. I saw my mistake immediately. "I'm sorry, it would only be temporary. I'm working on my thirteenth unpublished novel, and I need my character to be paralyzed for part of the story." (You may find the finished product in the Hannah Alexander novel, Urgent Care)

Mel regained color in his face, grinned, and together we brainstormed the pertinent information I needed for the novel. He was so intrigued he began reading all the manuscripts I had filed away, and when we got married a year and a half later, we formed a team. I began to base my heroes on Mel's strong, ethical, gentle character, and the novels began to sell. We chose the pen name of Hannah Alexander to show that we worked together as a unit. I'm the writer, Mel is the doctor who researches, edits, even writes some of the medical scenes.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By on September 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
Fawn Morrison, Karah Lee Fletcher and Taylor Jackson have very little in common, aside from the fact that all three are native Missourians. A runaway teenaged prostitute, a bitter medical doctor, and a nomadic ranger couldn't share anything else ... or could they? In SAFE HAVEN, the second novel in Hannah Alexander's Hideaway series, the authors take a slightly different approach than in their first book, introducing these three disparate characters in separate chapters and slowly showing readers how their paths will intertwine.

While things are still relatively peaceful in the town of Hideaway, recent land purchases and development by the megalithic Beaufont Corporation are threatening to change life there permanently --- for the worse. Karah Lee has arrived fresh out of medical residency and ready to assist Dr. Cheyenne Allison in her small but bustling practice. Allison, the protagonist of the first book, has taken on emergency room duties in a nearby city and is now engaged to Dane Gideon, presently the town mayor and still foster father to a number of teenaged boys at his ranch. Taylor, who lives in a recreational vehicle, has duties in Hideaway, but tries to avoid having any ties there. Meanwhile, fugitive Fawn winds up in the town after filching a bus ticket --- and realizing that her fellow passengers are all in mysteriously bad shape.

Alexander combines details of small-town life (fans will be amused to watch Karah Lee devour the same black-walnut baked goods of Bertie Meyer's that Cheyenne could hardly stomach) with sound medical action and real Christian growth. There is very little pew-jumping or praise-shouting here; instead, each character comes to salvation in his or her own way, and finds support for newfound beliefs in his or her own way, too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jill E. Smith on January 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
Safe Haven, another great story in the Hideaway series, is filled with just the right mix of intrigue and romance. Hannah Alexander knows how to weave a tale to keep me turning pages and wondering what will happen next, without giving away the pieces to the puzzle too soon. If you haven't read these medical romantic mysteries, you're in for a treat. I had the privilege of interviewing Hannah Alexander for my "Spotlight" section of my website to discover the motives behind the writing. This writing duo has won some prestigious awards and has more books in the works. I look forward to more Hideaway stories and other medical mysteries. But if you haven't read this one, don't miss it!
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By M. Palmer on May 22, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Book 2

The book starts out with three distinct characters doing three different things. First, the authors introduce Fawn, a sixteen year old who has been emancipated and turned to prostitution then met a guy who took her away from all that. After he blows the whistle, he's murdered and Fawn is running for her life. Then there's Dr. Karah Lee Fletcher who is moving to Hideaway to work at the clinic with Cheyenne (the heroine from the first story). Taylor is a ranger in Hideaway and works closely with the police.

All three characters work together, sometimes their paths cross, but sometimes not. Taylor and Karah Lee get to know each other and become fast friends. They have their hangups, but it's obvious that these two will be in love by the end of the story (mainly because it's a romance suspense).

The suspense part of this book - the main focus and the majority of the book was very well done. I absolutely loved it, and enjoyed how it all came together. Twists and turns - especially with Fawn - were made. The reason behind the construction problems and cover up is very believable. Living in the Ozarks, I know this is very plausable.

I also enjoyed reading about familiar places. I actually live in a small town in Arkansas - and it was mentioned in the book several times! I did question some of the incidents in Branson. Branson is like our second home, and I can't picture some of the buildings or scenes described in there...But it's obvious the authors know a lot about the area. It would be nice to drive down Highway 71 and see a town like Hideaway.

The romance...well, it could have been a lot better.
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By honeybee on September 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
I read the first book in this series, so I was familiar with the setting of the fictitious town of Hideaway. However, I didn't recognize any characters from the first novel in this second one. The large-print edition I happened to get my hands on made it so much easier to enjoy the novel.

I had the pleasure of hearing this husband/wife author team speak at a writer's conference. She dreams up the plot, and he fills in the medical details. Works very well.

The characters in this story are the sort of down-home folks you wish you knew personally. The authors do a good job of unfolding the plot, maintaining the suspense--all without giving the ending away. My kind of fiction.

The conclusion of the book was a bit abrupt and didn't exactly tie up the relationship between Dr. Fletcher and Ranger Jackson as much as I would've liked. The story turns out very nicely for the runaway, Fawn. What happens with the housing development is so plausible, it's scary. Having lived in southwestern Missouri, I can attest to the treacherous nature of the state's geology.

If you are interested in a romance novel with a bit of kick, then this is for you. Good, clean fun between a couple that didn't much like each other at first, but--in the course of dealing with a crisis with this troubled teen and eventually opening up about their own past hurts--they get close. Add to that the worry that the bad guy's gonna get 'em all, or some innocent victim will pay the price for the crooked developers' greed, and you have a recipe for an entertaining weekend read.
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