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Without Proof: A Redemption's Edge Novel (Volume 3) Paperback – October 10, 2015
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"I absolutely enjoyed the story, the twists and turns, the psychology, and finally, the message of endless love."
~Sara Goff, author of I Always Cry at Weddings
"Author Janet Sketchley has crafted a tightly-written novel in Without Proof. Her characters are credible and realistic, with problems, concerns and secrets that make the reader care from the first page onward."
~Janice Dick, author of Other Side of the River
"The twists and turns of the plot, and what lies hidden, really caught me by surprise, and there were several moments when my skin was prickling along with Amy's."
~Paula Vince, author of Imogen's Chance
"This romantic/psychological suspense had me holding my breath throughout."
~Deb Elkink, author of The Third Grace
About the Author
Janet Sketchley lives in Atlantic Canada, where she writes Christian suspense novels and blogs about faith and books. She loves Jesus and her family, and enjoys reading, worship music, and tea. You can find Janet online at janetsketchley.ca, and fans of Christian suspense are invited to join her writing journey through her monthly newsletter: bit.ly/JanetSketchleyNews.
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This novel is romantic suspense and the main character is related to the ones in the first two books. Janet has again come up with some great characters and an even better plot than the first two books. Authors often tend to get better with each novel that write, and Janet proves this true in this third novel she has written.
The suspense aspect is done very well. I wasn't sure for a lot of the book if the threatening texts Amy was getting was from friend or foe, nor could I figure out who the bad guys were. There were a couple of surprises, and especially one big one that I didn't see coming - that would be too big of a spoiler to give away, so that isn't happening.
I appreciate Christian authors who aren't afraid to put Christian content in their books, and this one had a lot. The issue was dealt with of God loving us even if we have done something bad, or we perceive we have done something bad because of our birth and upbringing. The message came through loud and clear that God loves all of us, and He doesn't view us as damaged good or beyond redemption no matter what we or our parents done. Often, a message like that can be gotten across better through a story, so kudos to the author for addressing such an important issue that is a problem for so many people.
And I even enjoyed the romantic aspect of the book. As a confirmed bachelor, I don't enjoy romance books; but I can handle it in a story where it isn't the main part of the story. I thought that part was also well done and was silently urging the male hero of the story to get a move on.
Janet can be proud of this third novel she has penned. It is a suspenseful story that also offers hope to those who struggle to believe God loves them. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and am glad I had the chance to read and review it.
I was given a review copy by the author, and this is my honest review
The story takes place within the arts world. I come from a family of artists, and I found Sketchley’s gallery setting very convincing. Her background research on small aircraft is terrific, too. I hold a private pilot’s license (albeit currently invalid), and the flight scenes were realistic: "The little plane trundled onto the runway, bucking at every seam in the tarmac . . . Outside, the ground rushed past. Then they were airborne. The plane lost its awkward motion and lifted, as if drawn upward by a thread."
"Without Proof" is Christian fiction, and much of the content relates to the main character’s struggle with faith. The theme, as with the earlier books in the "Redemption’s Edge" trilogy, centres around forgiveness. The religious tone is magnified through ongoing references to prayer, Bible study and application, and the personal experiences of the characters. Sketchley deals with biblical principles using some pivotal statements that might well ring in the hearts of readers who are looking themselves for spiritual answers. For example, when the non-Christian main character says, “God should listen to you. You’re a good person,” the Christian says, “It’s not about how good we are. It’s how good He is, and how needy we are . . . Come dirty. He’ll clean you . . . No matter how . . . dirty or damaged the person, we all need Jesus and we can’t earn His acceptance on our own.”
Sketchley isn’t shy about asking some fairly weighty religious/societal questions; for example, early in the book, a potential boyfriend says, “A good Muslim son obeys his father, and I find the old ways . . . satisfying,” upon which the main character thinks, "Because you’re a man." This immediately got me wondering how deeply the author would take the clash between Christianity and Islam. You’ll have to read the book to find this out for yourself.
In Without Proof a young woman, Amy, is recovering from serious injuries she suffered in a plane crash two years before. Her fiancé, Gilles, did not survive it, so she is left alone and grieving. Her fiancé’s Aunt Bay takes her in, and his best friend, Michael, helps out however he can. Michael also has an art business, so Amy helps manage it while struggling with her memories, physical pain, and emotions, including her growing feelings for Michael.
Janet Sketchley’s writing style is easy to read and enjoy. She pulls the reader right into the story, meaning that once into the story the reader doesn’t want to leave until the end. In this novel, there is suspense and enough going on to keep the reader interested in trying to figure out who is doing what to whom. Someone leads Amy to believe the plane was sabotaged, and in trying to find out the truth Amy places herself in danger. There are threats, break-ins, mysterious people, and enough drama to keep the pages turning in anticipation. And, of course, there are surprises – events that occur to keep up the level of suspense.
God is front and center in Aunt Bay’s life, and yet Amy isn’t sure how God fits in her own life or even if He does. Without Proof is written without profanity, is not preachy or “religious” – although there is a hopeful message – and is a story that leaves the reader satisfied. In the back of the book, there are even discussion questions that are great for a study group or a book club.
Without Proof was a finalist is the Word Awards (Suspense Category).
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