After years of pouring her life into photography, Camden Bristow falls victim to the downturn in the economy. When her employer goes bankrupt, Camden turns to the only person she can think of and leaves New York to drive to her grandmother's house in Etherton, Ohio. However, when she arrives she discovers that her grandmother has recently passed away and, equally shocking, has left her the 150 year old mansion on Crescent Hill. Camden soon finds herself embroiled in threats from her step-sister to contest the will, a notice form the city that they are going to condemn the house, and a mysterious intruder who appears in the mansion. In an attempt to overcome these challenges and discover who is breaking into her home, Camden uncovers long-held secrets that may forever change her life.
Filled with ever-building suspense and plot twists, Refuge on Crescent Hill is a fast-paced read that is sure to please any reader who loves a good suspense novel. The pacing is spot-on, and each chapter leads deeper into a mystery that is resolved in a highly satisfying manner. Camden and Alex are likeable characters who I was sad to leave by the end of the book, and their interactions provide humor and even a touch of romance that was well-handled without being over the top. Camden's journey of faith was also blended perfectly into the story and did not at all detract from the plot in any way. I loved the line in the book where one of the character's states, "I'm learning that life isn't about me anyway, nor is it about what I want out of it. Following Christ is about surrender and faith and about God working through me instead of me working for God". Now that is a thought worth thinking about.
I greatly enjoyed this book from start to finish and give it a high recommendation of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Book provided courtesy of the publisher, Kregel, for the purposes of this unbiased review.