About the BookTitle: Treacherous Trails
Author: Dana Mentink
Genre: Inspy Romanctic Suspense
Release Date: March, 2018
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?
CBD │ B&N │ Amazon
My ThoughtsSet 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.”
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
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 MentinkHowdy, 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!
Reading Is My SuperPower, April 12
Lighthouse Academy, April 12
Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, April 12
Daysong Reflections, April 13
Karen Sue Hadley, April 13
Janices book reviews, April 13
Book by Book, April 14
Ashley’s Bookshelf, April 14
Jeanette’s Thoughts, April 14
History, Mystery & Faith, April 15
C Jane Read, April 15
The Power of Words, April 15
To Everything a Season, April 16
Among the Reads, April 16
Genesis 5020, April 16
A Baker’s Perspective, April 17
Two Points of Interest, April 17
Carpe Diem, April 18
Cafinated Reads, April 18
Maureen’s Musings, April 19
Simple Harvest Reads, April 19 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)
Pause for Tales, April 20
Have A Wonderful Day, April 20
proud to be an autism mom, April 21
Bibliophile Reviews, April 22
A Greater Yes, April 22
Texas Book-aholic, April 23
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 23
Artistic Nobody, April 23 (Spotlight)
Kat’s Corner Books, April 24
Red Headed Book Lady, April 24
Bigreadersite, April 24
margaret kazmierczak, April 25 (Interview)
Raining Butterfly Kisses, April 25
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!