Following an attack that killed her mother and stole her ability to speak, 21-year-old Sophia Montgomery has no choice but to accept her estranged grandmother's offer to return to their family home. Although detective Julian Frazier is working hard on the case, Sophia unknowingly frustrates him because her inability to speak thwarts her eyewitness evidence. The fact that Julian is undeniably attracted to Sophia doesn't help either, so Julian hides his feelings as concern for a trauma victim and focuses instead on finding the killer. Little do they know, the clues to solving the case may be right in front of them, displayed in Sophia's mother's "special" quilt design. Who will realize the secret Sophia's unwittingly been hiding in plain sight? When the truth comes to light, will Sophia find her voice again? Or will the murderer—still at large—silence her forever?
Featuring Russian hitmen, professional ballerinas, love triangles, and quilts, this page-turning mystery from Caroll (Justice Seekers series) is part of the publisher's Quilts of Love series. Olympic hopeful Sophia Montgomery survives a brutal attack that kills her mother, but injuries leave her unable to speak, which hampers an investigation led by detective Julian Frazier. What do Russian mafia guys have against a former ballerina and a young gymnast? Sophia's estranged Russian grandmother becomes an important link in the case, as does the special memorial quilt made by her mother. Sophia's future safety depends on Julian's ability to connect past and present to figure out the whole picture. His attraction to Sophia complicates his investigation, while his personal faith struggles frustrate their budding relationship. Caroll has written an engaging whodunit, with scenes that unfold expertly and keep the action moving and suspense alive. And though the romance plot line is sweetly written, the characters' faith journeys are also deeply explored. Fans of suspense will be pleased with this light but entertaining read.
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HIDDEN IN THE STARS
Sophie, after an attack, that left her like a discarded doll, and her mother dead. As was her competition days, because of the damage done to her hands. What were they after, words spoken were in Russian, as is the woman who tenderaly baths her face. The detective comes for a statement has never seen anything like this. Unable to even speak, and a grandmother who she thought was dead.Julian can’t understand the deep emotion he has for the case and her, after losing a partner he shut down. Slowly making progress, still can’t speak, her coach found out. Yelling at her, for sabatoging the team, her mother’s home has burned. Reporters having a field day with the news from this little town. The quilt of the history of her mother’s days as a famous ballerina was saved. Tension, heartbreaking plot, that is filled with emotion. One wonders how Sophie will go on, will they find the 2 men who did this horrendous crime. Readers will.be caught from the first page