Safe Haven is the fourth novel and last story in the Homecoming series, though not the last book using the Juniper Ridge, Colorado characters. It's also a follow-up to the Romance/Suspense book Identity where the couple first meet. You can find this new release available in ebook format at Amazon.com and in paperback at Barnes and Noble. If you want to read what others are saying about the book, go to Goodreads and check out the review section. You can also get a complete list of Heather's book there, as well.
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Safe Haven was published on March 15, 2015 by BigWorldNetwork.com. It is 89 pages long.
When the US Marshall sends the newly-married Bo and Tosca into hiding in a little Montana town, they settle in for a safe, quiet life while they prepare for the court case against Tosca's former boyfriend. Charles has other plans, though—he wants her dead before she can testify. And he's found their safe haven.
Heather Justesen is a writer of LDS women’s fiction and the author of nearly two-dozen books. As a child, she was one of those girls that her nose in a book, regardless of what all the other kids in the neighbourhood were doing. She says, it was only a matter of time, before she started making up her own stories to tell the world.
Heather scribbled a few stories in high school, but didn't actually write again, until after she graduated from Southern Utah University with a BA in English Literature in 1998. People always ask her, if she studied English because she planned to be a writer... honestly, writing was the furthest thing from her mind, until after she graduated.
After nearly ten years of writing, she finally saw her first book in print, The Ball's in Her Court, quickly followed by Rebound, Blank Slate, and Family by Design. Recently published is POD Like a Pro, a book about professionally typesetting your book to be published via printing on demand.
When she’s not writing, she’s trying new recipes, volunteering as an Advanced EMT with her local ambulance service, avoiding housework, snuggling up to her husband, planning or working in her garden, or playing with her dog, cat, or ducks. She is currently obsessed with big earrings and homemade ricotta.
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Honestly, Heather Justesen is a new author to me... which excites me, as I love discovering new authors. Unfortunately, for me, I jumped into the Homecoming Series with Book Four, before realizing it was part of a series, and there were three other novels preceding it. With that said, Heather did a fantastic job with giving me just enough backstory, that I really didn't need to read the other three books before reading this one. Of course, it would have been nice to have known the characters already for some time and have that emotional connection to them before even reading the first sentence, but, as I said, you really didn't need to.
I loved how the story jumped right into action, with this:
A bomb burst nearby, churning dust into the air and Bo turned, hearing the rat-a-tat-tat of a machine gun on his left.
He lifted the sniper rifle to his shoulder and sited down it to the group of people below. He could smell the dust and fear
of Afghanistan, feel the pressure on his lungs as he searched the scope for his target, the tension rising with the screams
around him. As he found the general, he smiled, adjusted to compensate for the breeze and distance, and pulled the trigger.
So do the words "Witness Protection". Those two words, tell you, that the characters in Safe Haven are hiding from someone or something, and the law is involved. You find out in the first few pages, that they have moved several times, using many different names. That's one thing that is more complicated for a first timer, reading the Homecoming Series. If you have read the first three books, you would already know all their different names, and it would be easy to keep track. For me, I was confused once in a while, and it made it hard for me to love Bo, who was also known as Adam, and same goes for Tosca, also known as Sarah, etc. Still, the witness protection angle had me hooked into reading the whole story at a rapid pace. Read this in one sitting, during an extended lunch hour. Made me smile.
I loved the whole bad guy interrupting their somewhat good life. The mystery and suspense surrounding Charles (Tosca's former boyfriend and the accused) visit to town was great. I was expecting to read a romance with a little bit of suspense and what I got was a fast Thriller, speckled with crime. Of course, the romance element was there, but I like all the extra sub-plots that made this story a fast, intriguing read. It was a good ending to the book, and I suspect it was a fantastic ending to the series. I better go back and read the first three now, so I can be extra satisfied.
I definitely recommend you add this book to your reading list this year.
My Rating: 4 out 5 Stars