Sunday, April 15, 2018

Treacherous Trails by Dana Mentink Review & Giveaway

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About the Book:
Series: Gold Country Cowboys #2
Genre: Mystery / Suspense
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
Released: March 6, 2018
224 pages
Falsely accused…

Can she escape the real killer?

In this Gold Country Cowboys story, farrier Ella Cahill is accused of murder—and only former marine Owen Thorn, her brother’s best friend, can help clear her name. Now with someone trying to kill Ella, Owen must protect her…despite his promise to her brother to stay away from her. But can they work together to find the true killer before she becomes the next to die?


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My Rating & Thoughts:    🌟 🌟 🌟    (3 stars) 
The danger that begins at the beginning of the book carries all the way through with quite a few incidents happening that put Ella and Owen in peril numerous times. I don’t know how they had the energy to continue on the way they did after their close calls. Ella is being framed for murder but with the help of Owen and his family they set out to catch the person responsible. However he seems to always been one step ahead of them, will they be able to find the proof they need to keep Ella out of jail? It was easy to cheer for Owen & Ella, Owen is a marine who has earned a purple heart and is home recovering from his injuries. Ella is a sweetheart who gave up her dreams to care for her sister. The way she treats Betsy is so sweet, you can’t help but smile when they interact.

Some of the happenings did not seem realistic. The things the villain got away with and was able to do felt a bit farfetched at times. The way Owen & Ella escaped danger or continued on after also feel a little unbelievable, too much seem to happen in too short of a time. I just finished reading this last night and now I can’t even remember what happened with the villain at the end.

However I loved the relationship story. Owen and Ella have grown up together and know each other well, but when feelings develop into more are they willing to risk their friendship? I enjoyed the way they came to realize that their feelings went deeper than they realized and I sighed each time one of them acted on these feelings.

I also really enjoyed the spiritual message of the story. The characters have to learn to trust that God will carry them through this challenging time and also realize that His plans for their lives may not be what they dreamed, but can be better than they imagined.
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(I received a complimentary copy of this book from CelebrateLit; opinions expressed in this review
are my honest opinion and completely my own.)


Guest Post from Dana Mentink:

Howdy, friends! I am so thrilled to be galloping into the second book in the Gold Country Cowboy series with you. This book was a hoot to write. It’s got a nice twisty mystery and plenty of danger! Our hero, twin Owen Thorn, is a Marine doing his darnedest not to fall in love with his brother’s little sister, but you know how these things go, don’t you, partners? There’s trouble ahead in cowboy country and this story will take you on a wild gallop to the happy ending! God bless and thanks for coming along!

Dana Mentink Bio

Tour Schedule:

April 12: Reading Is My SuperPower / Lighthouse Academy / Book Reviews From an Avid Reader
April 13: Daysong Reflections / Karen Sue Hadley / Janices book reviews
April 14: Book by Book / Ashley’s Bookshelf / Jeanette’s Thoughts
April 15: History, Mystery & Faith / The Power of Words
April 16: To Everything a Season / Among the Reads / Genesis 5020
April 17: A Baker’s Perspective / Two Points of Interest
April 18: Carpe Diem / Cafinated Reads
April 19: Maureen’s Musings / Simple Harvest Reads
April 20: Pause for Tales / Have A Wonderful Day
April 21: Because I said so – and other adventures in parenting / proud to be an autism mom
April 22: Bibliophile Reviews / A Greater Yes
April 23: Texas Book-aholic / Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations /Artistic Nobody
April 24: Kat’s Corner Books / Red Headed Book Lady / Bigreadersite
April 25: margaret kazmierczak / Raining Butterfly Kisses / Remembrancy 


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To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away a grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card, Cornbread Mix, and Cowboy Caviar Salsa!!

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  1. Thank you for your honest review and information on "Treacherous Trails" by Dana Mentink as well as being part of the book tour.

    I'd love the opportunity to read this book. Love the cover and the horses are calling me in. :)
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  2. thank you for your review. i love the cover. such a wonderful quote about taking up our cross.