"A shot came upon the midnight clear"
Reviewed by Clare O'Beara
Posted January 1, 2016
Inspirational Mystery | Romance Suspense | Romance Series
A female FBI agent is working undercover in Washington
State's Cascade Mountains. She's hiking in the dark, spying
on three businessmen who operate a drug company not
completely ethically. This CHRISTMAS UNDERCOVER work is
about to go badly wrong.
Sara Vaughn is alone and trying to prove a point to her
boss when she tapes a brief conversation proving that all
is not well at the drug firm. But the partners fall out and
she witnesses a disturbing event, which she guesses will be
passed off as an accidental death. She has to get out of
there fast. Then she hears shots being fired after her on
the dark mountain trail. Her survival skills will be put to
the utmost test.
Will Rankin, hiking alone to try to get out of the darkness
of bereavement, finds a lone woman, injured and concussed.
She comes around and whacks him, paranoid and expecting to
be hunted. Will does his best to calm the lady and takes
her to his rented cabin. On the way he tells her about his
daughters at school, hoping she'll settle down. There's
more drama to come, and Sara isn't trusting anyone in a
hurry. With no phone signal to call Search and Rescue,
Will is all she's got.
This outdoors adventure is a great reminder that we can't
rely on technology for everything. Our own strength and
wits, and decent people, are our best defence. Echo
Mountain is a town where people take care of neighbours,
and Will, a lone father, is well liked. A nice contrast to
the danger is the town Christmas festivities; carol singing
and hot cider among them. Will tries to teach his girls to
pray, although it's hard since his wife was taken from
them. Mainly he wants to set them a good example by helping
others, including volunteering with the SAR team. We meet
the others on the team including Breanna with her search
dog Fiona. I love the sheer determination evident.
There's action all the way in this dramatic romantic
suspense tale in a scenic location. Wrap up well before
reading CHRISTMAS UNDERCOVER by Hope White, and keep some
hot chocolate handy. You'll be chilled to the bone and
cheering on Will and Sara as they have to find a way to
survive before finding each other.
FBI agent Sara Vaughn believes a group of pharmaceutical businessmen
are engineering drugs with deadly results. Her boss won't approve a
sting operation, so she goes rogue-following the suspects on a hike in
the Cascade Mountains to record evidence. But when Sara witnesses them
murder one of their own, they target her.
Saved by a handsome volunteer mountain rescue worker, Sara at first
suspects Will Rankin is another bad guy hunting her. But when the
widowed father of two risks everything to save her, she knows that Will
is all that's standing between her and seeing Christmas morning.
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