Sunday, April 15, 2018

Review (+ Tour GIVEAWAY): Treacherous Trails by Dana Mentink

About the Book

Title: Treacherous Trails  
Author: Dana Mentink  
Genre: Inspy Romanctic Suspense  
Release Date: March, 2018  

Falsely accused… 

Can she escape the real killer? 

In this second installment in the Gold Country Cowboys series, farrier Ella Cahill is accused of murder—and only former marine Owen Thorn, her brother’s best friend, can help clear her name. Now with someone trying to kill Ella, Owen must protect her…despite his promise to her brother to stay away from her. But can they work together to find the true killer before she becomes the next to die?


My Thoughts

Set in the heart of California’s gold country, Treacherous Trails is an adrenalin and emotional ride if there ever was one – and from the very first page, no less. The villain is pure evil and we’re pretty sure of his identity all the way, so it’s figuring out who all is involved and seeing them captured that keeps you turning the pages. Dana Mentink’s writing flows smoothly and it was hard to put this book down.

I need to confess that I’m not much of a suspense fan, but I enjoyed Dana Mentink’s dog lover’s series so much that I wanted to try this genre, and I was not disappointed. What I like so much about Mentink’s writing is that, even in suspense, she creates rich characters with realistic backstories that make you care about them. Ella and Owen are appealing lead characters who are easy to connect with, and I loved the romantic tension between these two. Owen is a fascinating blend of cowboy and military, and Ella’s devotion to her disabled sister is moving. I was confident that Owen and Ella would get together in the end, but the feeling of Ella’s brother that Owen’s wartime experience made him unsuitable husband material added good conflict.

On a spiritual level, there’s a great quote on p. 90 that I keep coming back to again and again …

“Someone told me taking up your cross and following
Jesus means you sometimes say no to what your heart wants.”  
- Ella

Both Ella and Owen have to deal with loss of personal dreams in one way or another, and their struggle reflects what the self-denial Christ asks of us might look like. Good food for thought in this story.

I enjoyed Treacherous Trails very much and look forward to more of Dana Mentink’s stories. Just a personal request here … Dana has a great sense of humor and I long for more sweet, funny stories like the dog lover’s series!

I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

About the Author

Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over thirty five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. Dana was thrilled to be a semi-finalist in the Jeanne Robertson Comedy With Class Competition. 

Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet. 

You can connect with Dana via her website at, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)

Guest Post from Dana Mentink

Howdy, friends! I am so thrilled to be galloping into the second book in the Gold Country Cowboy series with you. This book was a hoot to write. It’s got a nice twisty mystery and plenty of danger! 

Our hero, twin Owen Thorn, is a Marine doing his darnedest not to fall in love with his brother’s little sister, but you know how these things go, don’t you, partners? There’s trouble ahead in cowboy country and this story will take you on a wild gallop to the happy ending! God bless and thanks for coming along!

Blog Stops

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Simple Harvest Reads, April 19 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)
Pause for Tales, April 20
A Greater Yes, April 22
Artistic Nobody, April 23 (Spotlight)
Bigreadersite, April 24
margaret kazmierczak, April 25 (Interview)
Remembrancy, April 25


To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away a grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card, Cornbread Mix, and Cowboy Caviar Salsa!!

Click the image above or the link below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!


  1. This does sound really good, I love suspense! I like the cover, I was just googling for posters of horses running like that!

  2. This sounds really good--I'd love to read it!

  3. Really great giveaway, I would love to read this book! Thanks! lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)net