Sunday, April 16, 2023

Review: Starry Lake by LD Stauth

Series: A Campground Mystery #3
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Word Alive 
Released: December 13, 2018
278 pages
About the Book:

Tumbling waterfalls, white pelicans, and sweet serenity were just a few of the reasons Karly Foster became a park naturalist. But when rumours of an unsolved murder surface and a friend mysteriously disappears, Karly's world becomes anything but peaceful. Then, as if she needed her tranquility shattered further, her ex-boyfriend, Blake, literally flies back into her life. Blake Fenton, the owner of Wilderness Bush Adventures, can't believe it. Was that really Karly Foster he'd just flown to the Aspen Ridge Emergency, suffering from heat stroke? After three years, she has gotten even more beautiful ... if that were possible. It quickly becomes apparent, however, that flying sparks between him and his feisty former flame could leave nasty burns. Again. Then Blake makes a horrifying discovery, and strange and terrifying events begin to unfold. As Blake wrestles with fear for Karly's safety and confusion over his feelings for her, his wilderness-guide friend, Henry, implores him to seek God for answers. For centuries, God has been revealing Himself to the locals in Henry's remote community--in a very unusual way. When Blake and Karly join forces to compete in the No Trace Canoe Race, they find themselves fighting, not just to win, but to stay alive. Because someone has committed murder in the campground, and the killer's sights have turned on them. Do Blake and Karly have a future together? Or will this moment, when they have finally found each other again, be the last one they ever share?

My Rating & Thoughts:    

We met Harrison in book 2 and this one opens with him working at a new park and searching for God. Single mom Lily and her 10-year-old Jasmine are camping at this park. Harrison meets the two of them various interactions at the park. Jasmine is a smart and entertaining child, she doesn’t hold back in correcting adults with her book knowledge. At the same time a stalker appears to be after Lily and her ex-husband has returned and begins acting possessive of Lily. At first I was questioning if the stalker incidents and the ex-husband were connected. However it quickly becomes obvious that no because as soon as danger is nearby the ex runs with no thought for the safety of his daughter or her feelings. I said good riddance as I didn’t like him. Lily has a strong faith in God and leans on him during this trying time, she is also able to be a witness to Harrison. I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy this book because going in I wasn’t a big fan of Harrison from the previous book, but he shows that he has grown up and is trying to change. I began cheering for him to find God and a happily ever after. I was much more invested in the character relationships than the mystery though. 

(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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