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- Print Length: 378 pages
- Publisher: Write Integrity Press (August 5, 2015)
- Publication Date: August 5, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B013J045EE
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #869,280 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In her novel, Hugh Foster is a newly retired Air Force chaplain. He and his wife, Melanie, begin to open an inn in the small town of Road's End, Virginia. The town is populated by a number of colorful characters, mainly senior citizens. The outspoken Sadie Simms operates a coffee house and bakery, but spends much of her time chasing down escaped chickens. Emma River is the independent-minded town recluse. The pipe-smoking Leo Walling speaks rarely, and then in monosyllables. Also included are Dewey Wyandotte and his hypochondriac wife, Winnie. ("Dewey's a former Marine and Winnie looks like one.") Others equally striking complete the dramatis personae.
A blizzard of record-setting severity causes Hugh and Melanie to shelter the town's elderly people in their inn. Hugh even convinces the reluctant Emma River to join them. And a mean-looking stranger with a sour disposition wanders in from the storm. At this point Hugh finds that the church has been vandalized, with the word "killer" painted on one wall. And in the midst of the storm, four armed strangers in white snow suits lay a life-threatening siege to the town. So to Hugh falls the impossible task of organizing the town's senior citizens to cope with this threat as well as the continuing blizzard. Tension mounts with each successive discovery or development of the threat. And how can a chaplain accomplish this without compromising his faith?
As author, Deborah Harper manages the increasing suspense to perfection while keeping her varied fictional persons in character and interacting appropriately. Her surprising turns of phrase are one of the high points of the novel. This book is a delight to read, and I look forward to its successors in the Road's End Series.
I read this in an evening because Misstep is full of comical characters and a heartwarming story, wrapped in mystery. Deborah has a strong writing voice and an army of strong characters that make Road's End. I can't pick a favorite character because they were all rich.
As for the mystery and the Christmas miracle, I never saw any of it coming. I'm pretty good at figuring out mysteries, I'm rarely stumped. This plot twist was brilliant.
Misstep is an entertaining read with a wonderful message. Don't miss this one.
I received Misstep in exchange for an honest review.
The book had some intensity with hysterical antics reminiscent of the Home Alone movies. And the final revelations took me completely off-guard. But it is the town and the town folk that are the real story in this book. The author paints an extraordinary picture of the environment with such detail that it feels familiar and homey. And she gave the characters the same attention, each as the center of their own little worlds, but bonding together in unexpected ways.
I found myself thinking about them and the little town of Road's End days after I finished reading the book. The mark of a truly exceptional story!
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