A hundred-year-old secret might be the cause of and the key to solving a murder.
Jack and Chloe Bartholomew just wanted a romantic second honeymoon in the beautiful Hudson River Valley at the legendary hotel his family recently acquired. However, instead of spa treatments and horseback rides through the snow, things are all wrong at the Stonehall Estate Resort.
First, she learns of months of unexplained mishaps.
And now murder.
It soon becomes clear someone wants the resort to fail and will stop at nothing to make that happen. The question is…why?
In an effort to help the family business, Chloe picks up where the hotel’s last historical curator left off. But things quickly grow dangerous as her research uncovers truths hidden for decades—clues related not only to the mysteries sparked by a young girl’s death in 1931, but also those haunting the estate today. Soon Chloe is caught in a deadly race to expose the mansion’s secrets before more innocents become victims of the malevolent force behind it all.
Will Chloe bring the long-lost truth to light in time, or will she be the next to fall prey to the dark scheme, costing her everything, including her life?
I enjoy reading Christian Romantic Suspense so I figured I would give Unintended Detour a try. Unintended Detour is the first book I have read by D.L. Wood. I was initially drawn to the book’s cover design as it definitely nailed that allure of mystery and suspense. The book summary confirmed that suspense is what I would find in the book.
I loved that the book focused on a timeframe set in the past but also kept current events alive without a lot of jumping back and forth you see in some books/movies.
I enjoyed being drawn into the story trying to figure out the “who done it” and “why” questions that arise with suspense. Admittedly, I was wrong with my assumptions on more than one occasion. I even mumbled at times, “darn, just when I thought I had things all figured out, D.L. Wood, you got me again!” The thought just confirms my strong desire to read more of her books. In fact, she has two earlier books in the unintended series that I will grab. Unintended Target is book one, and Unintended Witness is book two.
In addition to the suspense aspect, I appreciated that the author included God and faith in the story. It is constantly refreshing for characters to reference God; it makes them more real to me.
If you are interested in reading a Christian Romantic Suspense with a whole lot of twists and turns, then this book is for you!
I highly recommend Unintended Detour. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
Note: I reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated for sharing my thoughts. I am disclosing this per FTC regulations.
About the Author
D.L. Wood is a USA TODAY bestselling author who writes thrilling suspense laced with romance and faith. Her books have won multiple awards (2016 Illumination Book Awards Gold Medal for best Christian Fiction Ebook; 2019 Illumination Book Awards Gold Medal for best General Christian Fiction) and her novel Unintended Target was selected as the May 2019 American Christian Fiction Writers Book Club book. She is an Amazon bestselling author of Christian Mystery & Suspense and millions of pages of her books have been read through Kindle Unlimited.
D.L. writes CleanCaptivatingFiction™- fiction that entertains and uplifts. In her novels she tries to give readers the same thing that she wants: a “can’t-put-it-down-stay-up-till-3am” character-driven story, full of heart, believability and adrenaline.
D.L. lives in North Alabama, where, if she’s not writing, you’ll probably catch her curled up with a cup of Earl Grey (light milk, one sugar) and her Westies – Frodo and Dobby – bingeing on the latest BBC mystery series. You can stay apprised of D.L.’s releases and promotions (including free and discounted books) by subscribing to her newsletter on her website at dlwoodonline.com.
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I love stories. I’ve always loved them. Stories carry you away, make you think, take you on suspense-filled rides and introduce you to characters that you love so much you want to meet them in real life. I’m such a voracious reader that at the age of nine, my eye doctor told me if I didn’t start reading with more light, I’d need glasses way too early. Can you relate?
I guess that’s why I became a writer—to be part of the amazing adventure that is storytelling.
And let’s face it. Right now, most of us wouldn’t mind an amazing adventure.
In my Unintended Series of suspense novels, you’ll visit sizzling Caribbean beaches, Tennessee in golden autumn, and a snow-blanketed Hudson River Valley with a cup of hot cocoa in hand. You’ll go with characters that are believable—flawed, brave and hopeful—in the face of danger. Of course, there’s always romance in the mix and touches of faith, leaving you encouraged as well as entertained.
It’s what I’d want to read, so I wrote it for you.
I’m beyond thrilled that the third book in the series is releasing. Frankly, I wanted to see what happened to Chloe, Jack, and Riley as much as my readers did!
I hope you enjoy reading Unintended Detour as much as I enjoyed writing it—and that you have an amazing adventure along the way.
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