Love Me If You Must

Love Me If You Must (Patricia Amble Mystery Series #1)

Nicole Young

Revell ISBN: 0800731573

 A run-down Victorian to renovate, a past to leave behind–who has time for romance…or murder? Patricia Amble, Tish to her friends, has gotten her

 life together. She’s renovating an old, rambling Victorian house in a small town outside of Detroit, and the fixer-upper should net her a big profit when she resells. Romance is right next door, with two attractive neighbors vying for her affection. But even their persistent attentions can’t dispel the sense of unease Tish feels. Voices whisper out of nowhere . . . and something odd is going on in the basement. Soon, Tish begins to question her decision to buy the old house. When a dead body turns up her own dark secrets make her a prime suspect in the current chaos. And is either of her attractive neighbors really who he says he is? What is going on just under the surface of this sleepy small town?

This is Nicole Young’s first novel and for a first outing, it wasn’t too bad.

It is Christian literature, but it was suspenseful, and it was entertaining and certainly didn’t thrash the Christian message like some novels do.

I liked that the Tish kept having clashes with her policeman neighbour while falling intensely in love with another. Her clashes with all her neighbours, and her own history, made Tish an extremely likeable character, one that had a dark secret of her own, which is revealed within the story.  Little snippets of information made for a suspenseful story that was well brought together.

It was almost predictable, but not quite.  I changed my mind three times before I found out who did it.  And that is what I liked about the story.  You would get some information, form an opinion, only to have it dashed in the next chapter.

While many reviews over at Amazon said that they didn’t like the tale, I found it enjoyable and a light hearted tale, wonderfully worded and artfully crafted.

4 stars out of 5

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