Ashes in the Wind
By Peggy Levesque
Published by Elk Lake
Back Cover: DEA Agent Greg Jennings is dead—and now they’re saying he was dirty, on the take. His widow, Sara, hiding out in the Witness Protection program after an attempt on her life, refuses to believe it, though everyone else seems to have accepted it as truth. Everyone, that is, except Drug Enforcement Administration Agent James (Mac) MacIntyre, Greg’s best friend. When yet another attempt on Sara’s life drives her out of the Wit Sec program and back home to Phoenix, Mac makes it his personal mission to protect Sara and, in the process, to clear her late husband’s and his best friend’s name. With a ruthless drug cartel hot on their heels and a mole in the agency undermining their every move, Mac and Sara find themselves literally running for their lives—even as romance tugs at their hearts. Will they unearth the truth and outrun the danger in time to carve out a future for themselves?
REVIEW: Thanks to The Book Club Network www.bookfun.org for the review copy of a book that took me on a suspenseful, heart-felt journey and introduced me to a new author. I was hooked from the start, “Numbness crept across Sara Jennings’ skin. Her breathing quickened, drawing in more of the pungent formaldehyde. She rubbed her palms – damp even in the chill of the autopsy room.”
Did that get your attention? I found myself reading this book every chance I could got. Main character Sara Jennings had to face the truth, her husband was murdered and no one knew who did it or why. Now the murderer was after her. Did they think she knew something? If they only knew how tight lipped Greg was and how strange he had been acting near the end, they'd realize she knew nothing.
Greg precinct seemed to think he was on the take because of his behavior! He may not have been acting like himself but deep; down she knew her man was a man of faith. He wouldn’t have done what they accused him of.
Mac, Greg’s best friend, had become very protective of Sara; he seemed to think he could protect her 24/7 but no one could do that not even Greg. She might actually have to enter the witness protection program as much as she hated the thought. Mac was really pushing her to seriously consider this option.
I liked learning about Sara and Greg’s relationship. It was sweet. I quickly connected with Sarah and could understand her fear. Sara and Mac tried to hide their feelings from one another. It had been two years since Greg was killed; but each of them felt they couldn't betray Greg and/or his memory! Would there ever be anything between them?
Selina is a little girl in the story I adored. She was the light shining in on a dark world. She was a preschooler who had an imaginary friend named Gabriel. Selina felt safe with Gabriel by her side. Selina loved Jesus with all of her heart. She listens intently as Mac explains a concept to her about Gabriel’s disappearance.
“Maybe Jesus lent Gabriel to you because he knew that, for a while, you needed some very special attention….Jesus could see what a big, brave girl you’ve become, and he didn’t think you needed Gabriel anymore. He probably thinks you’re ready to trust Him alone to feel safe?
Selina says, “I can’t see Jesus.”
Mac replies, “I see. Well, have you ever seen the wind?”
Selina giggled. “Silly. No one can."
“So does that mean the wind isn’t real? Even through you can’t see it.”
“Everybody knows that.” Selina smiled.
"How do you know?” Selina tilted her head, “Because I can feel it blow. And I can see leaves moving in the trees and when it’s really, really mad, it blows stuff all over.”
Mac grinned, “That’s like faith, Selina. You know God’s at work because you see what He does, even though you can’t see Him working. You trusted Gabriel because you could see Him right?”…What do you think, Selina?”
"…I think Jesus wants me to trust him. Nana says pleasing Jesus is even more important than pleasing Mama!..."
I like how this author naturally weaves in the spiritual thread. This novel is filled with complex characters I quickly cared about and felt for their situations. This story had some surprising twists and turns. It’s filled with suspense, action drama and a hint of romance. It kept me turning pages until the wee hours of the night wanting to see where this author would take me next.
I highly recommend this as a fun read and on that would be great for discussions at book club. There is definitely a lot to talk about. This author is one to watch. I'll be checking out more of her books.
Nora St Laurent
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