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Review: Hallowed Halls

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Review: Hallowed Halls

Hallowed Halls by Hannah Alexanderhallowedhalls
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Hannah Alexander Books
Publication Date:  August 20, 2014

The writing team known as Hannah Alexander is well-known for their gripping romantic suspense like in their Hideaway series books. In “Hallowed Halls,” the suspense comes in the form of a medical mystery, and the romance reunites Joy Gilbert with her former fiancé, Zack Travis. This is also a story that delves into how parents can fall apart when they lose a child.

Joy and Zack became friends when, as fellow med students, they were partnered for an anatomy class lab. As their friendship deepened, they realized they were in love and made plans to marry. Somewhere along the line, things fell apart. Joy was chosen to be part of a very secretive research team and while on that team, she met Weston Cline. Cline offered her a chance to work in the brand-new pain clinic he was in the process of building. He then went behind her back to do everything he could to undermine her relationship with Zack, including leading Zack to believe that Cline and Joy are involved. Zack breaks the engagement, leaving Joy wide open to Cline’s manipulations.

Eight months later, Joy realizes that Cline is using her beauty to draw customers, and he’s expecting more from her than she is prepared to give. He’s also interfering with how she does her job, which she won’t stand for. As far as she can see, the only part of their relationship that she is willing to keep is her friendship with Cline’s 15-year-old daughter, Tressa. When a crisis with Joy’s mother comes up and she is called home, Cline fires Joy, believing she will do whatever she can to save her job. Instead, she leaves, hoping to repair the damage to her relationship with her mother. However, she doesn’t know that Tressa is hiding in her backseat.

Cline and his wife Sylvia divorced four years earlier when their oldest son Keegan died. Since then, both have been largely ignoring their sole remaining child in favor of living lives of excess. Sylvia brings home men she meets in bars. Weston throws his power around and largely ignores Tressa’s existence. When Sylvia’s latest “boyfriend” starts making overtures toward Tressa, she’s spooked enough to climb into Joy’s car.

Once in Juliet, Missouri, questions begin to arise. Some are answered by the end of the book, but some are not. Will Joy find work she enjoys? Will Tressa’s parents drag her back home? Will Joy and Zack be able to work together? Will Cline realize Joy isn’t his to command? The suspense comes when Tressa contracts a mysterious ailment that causes her to faint when she eats certain things. What’s wrong? Can it be fixed before the Clines lose yet another child?

I, for one, look forward to the next book in this series! I’m hoping that some of the questions that were left hanging in this book are answered in future books. I loved the menagerie of animals living with Joy’s mother Molly, and I loved Tressa’s character. For the hardships she’s endured, she seems pretty well adjusted and strong. I also enjoyed Molly’s character, although I can see why she frustrates Joy! If you have read Hannah Alexander before, this book is a bit of a departure from the usual danger-filled suspense, but it was well worth the read. If you have not enjoyed a Hannah Alexander book before, you’re in for a treat with this one!

Rated PG: One of the characters pressures another pretty heavily for physical favors and another character speaks of being raped.

Review copy provided by the publisher. Thanks!

 

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