About the book: When Park Ranger Jenny Snowfeather runs into Deputy Marshal Chase Matthews at her brother's Fourth of July barbecue, she suspects there is more going on in Eagle Valley, WA than fireworks. After Chase confides that he believes the fugitive who killed his partner may be hiding out in the area, Jenny is skeptical at first. But when her peaceful town is besieged with a sudden crime spree, she realizes Chase's theory may be true.
As the manhunt advances to the rugged backcountry of North Cascades National Park, Jenny is confronted with her past mistakes. But she soon discovers the greatest threat of all is losing her heart to Chase, who is obsessed with capturing the fugitive at all costs.
Risking everything to help Chase find the man who could kill them both, Jenny's faith is put to the test. Like an avalanche waiting to happen, their path is fraught with danger. Will the enemy get away with murder? Will Jenny and Chase reach freedom and safety, or be buried alive? They must tread carefully. One step in the wrong direction could mean the difference between life and death.
My Thoughts: This book had almost non stop action. The story kept me engaged and on the edge of my seat to see what was going to happen next. There were so many twists and turns in the mystery that I did not know what to expect until it unfolded before me. The action continued right up to the end of the book, too. The romance, mystery, action, and Biblical threads are all woven seamlessly throughout the whole book. Jenny was struggling with her faith after her father's death, but still held strongly to her desire to only marry someone who shares her faith. Chase knows a lot about God, but hasn't come to grips how much he needs Him in his life. I enjoyed watching their spiritual journeys. The descriptions of the Cascade Mountains made me feel as if I were right there seeing it. I'm glad to know that this book is book one of a series, so there will be more books coming from Gayla Hiss!
"Avalanche" is due out in February 2017
Expected publication: February 1st 2017 by Mountain Brook Ink