I purchased this book to read for review and to give away.
I belong to a number of different RWA chapters. One of my absolute favorites is Space Coast Authors of Romance, which is in Florida. I don’t live in Florida. I live in Arkansas. You may wonder why I believe to a chapter in another state. Every year we like to spend time in Florida. The first time we spent a couple of months there, I decided to visit the local chapter (STAR.) I slipped in after the meeting started and grabbed a seat on the back row…next to Diane Burke. At this time, Diane was an unpublished author but everyone there knew it was just a matter of time. She was so kind and friendly to this newbie. In fact, the entire chapter was so inviting and friendly, I joined. I look forward to visiting my chapter mates when I go down.
Fast forward to February 2011. STAR is having a book signing in Melbourne. Diane is there signing DOUBLE IDENTITY, her SECOND book for Harlqeuin’s Love Inspired line. I picked up Double Identity to read the back.
This is what it said…
Sophie Clarkston is shocked to learn that she isn’t who she thinks. Her birth certificate is forged. Her name–made up. And her widowed “father” is suddenly missing, leaving behind a heartbreaking letter asking forgiveness. Desperate for answers, Sophie turns to private investigator Cain Garrison in tiny Promise, Virginia. But the moment they leave his office, her life is threatened and her home ransacked. Who is after her? And who, exactly, is she? With questions about his own past, Cain vows to help Sophie uncover the truth. Before someone comes out of the shadows to keep it hidden forever.
Knowing that book is from Harlequin’s inspirational line, I wondered about the level of “preaching” I would find. Here’s what I found…A wonderful romance suspense staring a hero and heroine who are both deeply religious but not pious about it. They trust their faith to carry them through in times of intense stress.
I found Diane’s writing to be tight and suspenseful. Her characters were well developed and well-rounded.
Apparently, I’m not the only ones who recognize Diane Burke’s excellence in writing. She was also a finalist in Virginia Romance Writers’ 2011 Holt Medallion contest with her first book, Midnight Caller. Additionally Midnight Caller won first place in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense under the working title Whispers in the Dark.
I want to share Diane with our followers. I have autographed copies of Midnight Caller and Double Identity to give away to two luckpeople who leave comments.
Tell me…Have you ever read books in Harlequin’s Love Inspired line? If so, tell me what you read.
I’ll be picking two winners and posting them on July 5, so you have a few days to comment.
Good job, Diane!