About the Book
Author: Elaine Manders
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: December 27, 2017
Nothing can be hidden that won’t be revealed.
When her father dies, Katherine Levinson discovers her parents have kept secrets that render her happy childhood a farce. She and her gravely ill mother face eviction, and she has no choice but to appeal to the brother she’s never seen, the famous cattle baron, Rhyan Cason. Over her gravely ill mother’s objections, they move to Nebraska and the sprawling cattle ranch, Sollano.
Instead of the warm welcome Katherine expects, she and her mother are met with whispers and scorn in the little prairie town near Sollano. Gradually, the sins of her parents’ past surface, and Katherine begins to doubt her very identify. With her brother busy with cattle rustlers and her mother too ill to be bothered, Katherine turns to Colt Holliman, a soft-spoken neighboring rancher, for comfort.
Tired of waiting for the right woman to come along, Colt has promised to wait for Charley Ryder, an acclaimed female sharp shooter and equestrian acrobat with the Wild West Show, but it’s becoming clear Charley loves the show more than him. As his attraction to Katherine grows, he finds himself spiritually conflicted. How can he break from past commitments and follow his heart?
Then unexpected danger strikes, testing Katherine’s and Colt’s faith in God—and each other.
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About the Author
Elaine Manders writes wholesome Christian romance and suspense about the bold, capable women of history and the strong, dependable men who love them. Her stories twist, turn, and surprise, told by characters who aren’t afraid to show their love for God and each other. She grew up a small town country girl and now lives in Central Georgia with her fur baby. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, sewing, crafts, and spending time with her family.
Guest Post from Elaine Manders
Intrigue under Western Skies Series, Book 3
Back when I watched television, drama series were my favorite—Little House of the Prairie, the Waltons, the Virginian. I was caught up in the lives of these characters and looked forward to seeing what they were up to each week. For much the same reason, I enjoy writing episodic series.
Intrigue under Western Skies, a blended genre, historical romantic suspense series falls in this category. Some of the characters show up in every book, with new ones added along the way. But the books can be read out of sequence since each one has a different premise and plot.
In Revealed, Book 3 of Intrigue under Western Skies, I wanted to give Colt Holliman, previously introduced as a secondary character, his own HEA. Also, it seemed the time to reveal what happened to Rhyan Cason’s mother, the woman who’d caused so much angst in the first two books. More importantly, it gave me the opportunity to introduce Katherine, the sister he never knew existed.
Unexpectedly, my research led me to the history of show business, and how it developed through the Wild West shows of the nineteenth century. From that, a mystery evolved.
The spiritual thread running through Revealed explores the emotions of a young woman who discovers blood relatives have been hidden from her. Can she accept and love her new family and forgive the sins of her parents?
Maybe the greatest insight I gained from writing Revealed is that one can never trust his own heart without first trusting God.
If you are looking for a really good Christian Western to escape into, then I highly recommend Revealed by Elaine Manders. I had not read a novel by Manders before, so I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into. Boy, am I glad I read this book. The characters are well written, the plot is engaging, the pacing is quick, the romance is super sweet, and the suspense is just enough to keep the reader turning pages well past bedtime!
Manders does a fantastic job of weaving very important and timely messages throughout her novel. One such issue dealt with in this book is gossip. Gossiping is one of the easiest habits to slip into. There is an exceptionally fine line between relating information to someone and gossiping about someone. Even the best of us at times falls on the wrong side of this line. Katherine, the heroine of Revealed, through no fault of her own, is a victim of gossip. It is unfair and hurtful, and all she wants to do is scream in anger. At one point, Katherine begins to doubt her self-worth. She begins to worry about what others are saying about her. Instead of putting her trust in God and believing His promises, she begins to care about what other people think.
At just the right time, Katherine is reminded of whom she needs to focus on, and it isn’t the people spreading mean, hurtful lies about her. Katherine is reminded that she is made in the image of God, which makes her equal to all people. As long as we know where we stand in God’s eyes, it doesn’t matter what people say about us. Yes, it’s hurtful. Yes, it can make us angry. But as long as we are sure in our relationship with God, nothing else matters. This reminds me of Romans 8:35, 37: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or danger, or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. It’s easier said than done, but if we can remember that we are conquerors through Jesus, we can turn untrue, hurtful words into nothing. We can lean into Jesus and let the hurt roll off our backs and into His hands.
There’s so much more to this delightful story, but I will stop here for now. I don’t want to accidentally spoil anything in my excitement. Suffice it to say, if you are looking for a thoroughly enjoyable Christian Western filled with action, a bit of suspense, timely messages, and a sweet romance then Revealed is the book for you.
I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the author via Celebrate Lit. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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