I get so tired of smutty books. You know the kind: books with content that is salacious, contain foul words, etc. Call it what you want, but for me I decided some time ago to pick books very carefully so that I feel better after having read them, rather than feeling like I just descended into some filthy mud puddle.
Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen has written a novel that I can highly recommend. It is called Missing. If you like suspense novels, I think you may enjoy this one. Here is the storyline blurb from the publisher:
“A BYU-Idaho choir tour in British Columbia turns out to be anything but ordinary when soloist Stacie Cox spots a kidnapped child from Rexburg during a performance. Before Stacie can alert the authorities, the little girl disappears. Stacie vows to find and rescue her, a choice that forces her to deal with her guilt-ridden past and another little girl that haunts her dreams. When the handsome Matt Brennan helps Stacie in her search, she tries to resist the attraction she feels for him. Yet as he gains her friendship and trust, her resolve to never fall in love begins to crumble. And after a series of harrowing events, Stacie must decide if she is willing to sacrifice her life–and a possible future with Matt–to save a stranger.“
I enjoyed the first chapter as it introduced us to Stacie as a child. I found the scenario very compelling and believable and I could empathize with this young person who had been blamed for a crime that was not her fault. Flash forward eight years and you now find Stacie aware–more so than the average individual–of children’s suffering. This propels us into the story where Stacie now determines to sacrifice herself to try to wipe away the guilt she carried from the experience in the first scene of the book.
This is Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen’s first novel. Although there were a few spots where I felt transitions could have helped make a scene or two feel less coincidental (i.e. the diner scene), I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ronda has a second book set to come out this spring. I am excited for her. I feel that she is a writer that will continue to bring books to bless us all… books that will get us to think and help us to stand outside our tiny worlds and consider the world of another.
You just might find yourself more aware of the importance of kindness and courage after reading a book by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen. Kudos to her for writing pleasurable fiction that uplifts and doesn’t leave you feeling like you’ve rolled around in a filthy mud puddle! Here is a link to her website and here is a link to where you can purchase your own copy of Missing! I cannot wait to read her next book… and that is saying a lot for me.