Mystery and suspense combine in this first book in an exciting new 4-book series by best-selling author Terri Blackstock. Thelma and Wayne Owens run a bed and breakfast in Cape Refuge, Georgia. They minister to the seamen on the nearby docks and prisoners just out of nearby jails, holding services in an old warehouse and taking many of the “down-and-outers” into their home. They have two daughters: the dutiful Morgan who is married to Jonathan, a fisherman, and helps them out at the B & B, and Blair, the still-single town librarian, who would be beautiful if it weren’t for the serious scar on the side of her face. After a heated, public argument with his in-laws, Jonathan discovers Thelma and Wayne murdered in the warehouse where they held their church services. Considered the prime suspect, Jonathan is arrested. Grief-stricken, Morgan and Blair launch their own investigation to help Matthew Cade, the town’s young police chief, find the real killer. Shady characters and a raft of suspects keep the plot twisting and the suspense building as we learn not only who murdered Thelma and Wayne, but also the secrets about their family’s past and the true reason for Blair’s disfigurement.
Cape Refuge is a small island just off the coast of Georgia. Its a tight knit community, where everybody knows everybody and there are no strangers. Which leads us to Thelma and Wayne Owens, the owners of Hanover House.
The Owens open their doors to ex cons wanting to change their lives. Hanover House has strict rules and ALL must follow them, if they want to stay that is. The Owens also minister a church that welcomes anyone willing to walk through the doors. So when Thelma and Wayne miss a city council meeting about Hanover House possible being closed down their daughters, Blair and Morgan, get really worried. But it’s not until Cade, the towns Police Chief, burst into the room does it become serious.
Jonathon, Morgan’s husband, found Thelma and Wayne in their church murdered. Now the real problem? He was also seen arguing with his in laws that very morning. And of course, the murder weapon was also his… In the meantime Morgan takes over Hanover House and tries to keep it together while her husband is in jail and her sister wants nothing to do with it. While going through their parents things Blair finds something that might explain how she ended up getting those scars on her face and what really caused it.
While all this was taking place a young girl was running from her abusive step father. Sadie was directed to Hanover House by a waitress knowing she was alone. When she arrived there, no one was home. That night she slept on the beach waking up to Chief Cade. He brought her to the doctors and paid to have a cast put on her broken arm. She was also warned not to sleep on the beach anymore. So that night she found a seemingly abandoned boat shed that looked as if it hadn’t been used in a while. That’s where Morgan found her a few days later. And of course, Morgan welcomed her into Hanover House and treated her just as family.
After everyone in the house had been under suspicion Cade is finally getting close to the real killer. That’s when everything spirals out of control. Sadie’s step father somehow ends up in town and attempts to kill her. Will he succeed and what does he have to do with everything that’s been going on around town? Who brought him here and why? There are a lot of questions needing answers and you will get a few of them…
I loved this story, the town and all the characters. Terri Blackstock makes you feel as if you are a part of their lives and your there on the street or on the beautiful beach with them. Hope you enjoy this book as much as I did 🙂