About the Book
Author: Karen Randau
Genre: Romantic suspense
Release date: September 6, 2022
Love and danger spar in this thrilling romantic suspense novel.
Hands push Marie Jessica (“MJ”) Goodrich from a rural roadway into an icy creek. The clock is ticking for her pleading friend on the other side of the ravine.
Running from flashbacks of a life-altering attack in Afghanistan, MJ takes refuge with her mother, managing Peach Blossom Orchard. But peace is elusive in a rural Oklahoma town full of secrets.
After losing his wife and children in a fatal car crash, Josh Rivers doubts he deserves a second chance at love. He can’t believe his bad luck when MJ, the woman who plagues the nightmares of his military service in Afghanistan, shows up in his hometown. She claims a driver ran down and abducted her friend Kelsey. Frustrated with the county sheriff’s investigation, MJ and Josh partner to follow clues that lead to a kidnapper who demands a bizarre ransom.
With danger increasing for everyone MJ loves, will the clock run out before they solve the mystery? Find out how MJ and Josh—swirling in a whirlwind of mystery and suspense—lean on their mutual faith to find answers, courage, forgiveness, healing … and wholesome romance.
If you like to read Christy Barritt and Colleen Coble, you’ll love Into the Fog, a keep-you-up-at-night clean romantic suspense novel that launches the Peach Blossom Romantic Suspense series.
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Into the Fog was an appropriate title for this story as I, along with the main characters could not understand or see what was really happening to them and others till the fog began to clear.
MJ and Josh both suffer from PTSD and also have a past connection. It takes a little while for MJ to realize it but when she does and they move past the initial shock, they begin to work together to find MJ's friend who disappeared one morning.
Kelsey is the friend, and she is hiding a lot of secrets too and at first, I found her way too paranoid as she wouldn't even let MJ know where she lived. Then she is rundown during one of their jogging mornings and as MJ goes to help, she quickly finds out someone doesn't want her to know what happened to Kelsey.
Everybody seems a little bit off. Even Josh who grew up in this town and knows people is realizing he cannot trust or rely on some of them. Josh is trying to keep MJ safe as MJ is trying to find Kelsey and take care of her mother who has the beginnings of dementia.
This was an interesting story at how the whole mystery swirled around them like a deep, heavy fog. Again, the title fit for so many reasons and MJ and Josh are bound and determined to find out what is going on in this town for their very lives and those they love depends on it.
I received a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
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Into the Fog is set in a farming community outside Tahlequah, Oklahoma, home of the Cherokee Nation, the largest of the 39 Native American tribes in Oklahoma.
If you’ve ever watched old Western movies, you may have heard a lot about the dangers of traveling through Indian Territory. Did you know that much of what is now Oklahoma was called the Indian Territory until Oklahoma became a state in 1907? Some of the tribes fought with the Confederacy during the Civil War, and some fought with the Union.
If those weren’t enough reasons for an identity crisis for the people of Oklahoma (who sometimes refer to themselves of Okies), the federal government lists Oklahoma in both the South and the Southwest regions of the United States. Many Okies claim their state is in Midwest region of the United States, but it is not listed that way in the federal census.
One thing is for sure: Oklahoma has a culture all its own, rightly earned by its confusing history. Many of these cultural oddities are explored in Into the Fog.
You’ll also enjoy the two main characters, MJ and Josh.
Marie Jessica “MJ” Goodrich served with the Army Rangers in Afghanistan until a bomb gave her a life-altering injury and a case of PTSD. She believes her injuries were so bad that no man will ever want to marry her. Besides, her mother’s failing memory and the peach orchard keep her too busy to embark on a romantic relationship.
Josh Rivers always wanted to be an artist, but he’s stuck running the auto shop he inherited. He’s dreamed of MJ ever since he pulled her from a bombed marketplace in Afghanistan, and it cost him his wife and children. He doesn’t believe he deserves another chance at love, but he prays for companionship anyway—and finds MJ unconscious in a ravine moments later. Could a guy’s luck get any worse?
The question answered in Into the Fog is: Will Josh die saving MJ again, or will they get out of the whirlwind of mystery and danger swirling around them in time to find their happily ever after?
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