Monday, January 2, 2012

Review: The Secret Heiress by Terri Reed

(A full length, contemporary inspirational suspense novel published by Love Inspired)

Finding out she is heir to a fortune shocks Caroline Tully to her core. And to “qualify” for the inheritance, she just has to visit her newfound grandfather’s Mississippi home from Christmas to New Year’s.

Adopted as a baby, Caroline knows nothing about her mother’s family...and doesn’t realize they can’t be trusted. When attempts are made on her life, there’s only one man who can protect her. Donovan Cavanaugh—a man who made her lonely heart want to love again. Posing as her fiancĂ©, Don promises to find the would-be killer. But will his protection-and his love-be enough to keep her safe?

I started reading this book with the expectation that it would be just like many other inspirational romance books I've read. Was I ever wrong! After the first couple of pages, I couldn’t put the book down. The suspense kept building and I waited to be able to get a clue as to who was causing the problems for our heroine.

I read a lot of mysteries, and even so, I couldn’t predict the next move, or even get a clue as to what would happen next. It nearly made my heart stop. There were so many twists and turns in the plot and they were all very necessary for the story, and Ms. Reed's skillful plotting kept me guessing the entire time.

When I finally began to discover who was behind everything, and who was causing the problems, the urgency of the story still wasn’t over. When I finished the last page of the mystery, I gave a sigh of relief and waited for my heart to stop pounding.

If you're looking for a clever, heart-stopping suspense with a sweet romance lovingly woven throughout, with a Christian theme that doesn't beat you over the head, then I highly recommend "The Secret Heiress". It has everything a romantic suspense lover could ask for.

I give it 5 out of 5.

FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author and Goddess Fish Promotions in exchange for my honest opinion.


  1. Hi Terri,

    You are a new-to-me author so I'm going to enjoy following you around during your book tour. I always enjoy meeting authors and getting acquainted with their works.

    Your new book sounds like a very interesting mix of genres and from the review, sounds like you pulled it off admirably. So, does the writer pick the genre or does the genre pick the writer? What do you think?

  2. Karen, so glad to 'meet' you. For me, it was a mutual picking. I knew I wanted to write for Harlequin, so I was targeting different lines. Then they started the Love Inspired line. My voice seemed to fit there. My first few books were in the Romance line but the books had an element of suspense. So when the suspense line started it seemed a natural fit to move to writing mostly for the Love Inspired Suspense line. I like the action and adventure of suspense plus romance and faith.

    Christine, thanks for stopping by.

  3. Thank you MJ for the great review. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. And thank you for hosting me today.


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