Friday, January 13, 2012

The Chase



Ryan Mansfield wishes he could turn back time. Wishes he could have saved his marriage. But once Shelly found out about the affair there was no going back. Despite cleaning up his act and finding God, Ryan knows Shelly has moved on. She even plans to marry Tim, a successful dentist who attends her church. But when Sean, Shelly and Ryan's son, is kidnapped from their house, they are drawn together by grief, worry, and love of their son. As they work together to track Sean down and bring him back home again, can they find forgiveness and give their family a second chance?

My Review:

Suspense mixed with the emotional inner-workings of a failed marriage bring an interesting blend of intrigue to this tale. Fans of the Lonestar Intrigue series will see a few familiar faces, in particular Sonny Mansfield (Texas Pursuit) who gets a sub-plot of his own. But Smith does a wonderful job of making sure the third in this series reads as a stand-alone.

Fast-paced and tense, the pursuit of their kidnapped son throws Shelly and Ryan together and that emotional journey is what kept me turning pages. Riddled with conflict and hurt, Smith does an amazing job of presenting both hero and heroine with compassion and understanding. I thought it would be easy to take sides. It wasn't. And with God as the focus, The Chase, took on a double-meaning. A brilliant work of fiction that tugged at my heartstrings.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an chance to win a copy of The Chase, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. Please remember to put the title in the subject line. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday January 15. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!


  1. This looks like a great book. I would love to read this. Thanks for the chance to win this.


  2. Great review. This sounds like a interesting read and I will definitely have to check out the first two books as well.

  3. Sounds interesting. It takes a great writer to make the reader feel compassion for someone that had an affair! I'd be interested in reading this book to see how it all plays out!

  4. Tracy, you are so right. I didn't think I'd be sympathetic to the hero at all. I'm not excusing what he did, but he came a long way from that experience and Smith wrote him well.

    Good luck everyone!

  5. Looks like a great book. I read several of her book years ago, and enjoyed them. I'll definitely have to check out these books.

    mchapman (at) windstream (dot) net

  6. Great review~ Sounds like a very interesting story that I would love to read. Please enter me.


  7. The Chase sounds interesting and heart-tugging. Add me please, Kav. Thanks!
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  8. This sounds like a very interesting read!