Item description for The Witness (Shield Of Hope #1) by Dee Henderson...
Overview After witnessing a murder eight years ago, Amy Griffin chose to accept a life in the shadows in order to protect her sisters' lives, but now that the man who wants Amy dead sees the sisters as the only way to locate her, facing the future will take a faith deeper than any of them currently knows. Original. 50,000 first printing.
Publishers Description Police Chief Luke Granger's witness to a murder, Amy Griffin, has been on the run for years. Her family thinks she was murdered eight years ago, but Amy chose to accept a life in the shadows in order to protect her sisters' lives. Now unveiled secrets about their father have thrust the sisters into the public spotlight. The man who wants Amy dead now sees her sisters as the way to locate her. Luke and two of his homicide detectives are determined to stand in the way. They are each falling in love with a different sister, and it's become a personal mission to keep them safe. But chances are that at least one of them will fail, and facing the future will take a faith deeper than any of them currently knows.
From Publishers Weekly This latest romantic thriller from Henderson (the two series O'Malley and
Uncommon Heroes) and her first with Tyndale House has the elements that have
made her so popular in the inspirational Christian market: interesting
characters, an intriguing plot and fast pacing. Amanda Griffin is deep in
hiding, using various aliases to fly under the radar of nefarious criminal
interests. When she witnesses a multiple murder, Deputy Chief of Police Luke
Granger befriends her. He fails to convince Amanda to come out of hiding,
however. Three years later, Amanda's story and that of two newly minted
millionaire sisters come together, and Luke finds his interest in Amanda
becoming more personal. There is a foreshadowing of tragedy, and Henderson
isn't afraid to kill off a beloved character in the interest of a compelling
plot. She does an admirable job dispensing just the right amount of
information, and her penchant for resilient women characters is endearing.
Yet despite mostly strong writing, her dialogue is sometimes stiff and a few
plot segments strain credibility (e.g., Amanda working incognito at a jewelry
store in her sisters' hometown). Better is the well-paced action, the romance,
and Henderson's integration of faith themes. The conclusion tapers off, a
major disappointing note in this otherwise engrossing stand-alone
entertainment. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Awards and Recognitions The Witness (Shield Of Hope #1) by Dee Henderson has received the following awards and recognitions -
Christian Retailing's Best - 2007 Finalist - Mystery/Suspense category
Citations And Professional Reviews The Witness (Shield Of Hope #1) by Dee Henderson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Retailing - 01/23/2006 page 30
Publishers Weekly - 01/02/2006 page 36
Library Journal - 02/01/2006 page 62
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Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.5" Height: 1" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2006
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
Series Shield Of Hope
Series Number 1
ISBN 1414308124 ISBN13 9781414308128
Availability 0 units.
More About Dee Henderson
Dee Henderson is the bestselling, award-winning author of 15 previous novels, including the acclaimed O'MALLEY series and UNCOMMON HEROES series. She is a lifelong resident of Illinois. Learn more at www.deehenderson.com.
Dee Henderson currently resides in Chicago, in the state of Illinois.
Dee Henderson has published or released items in the following series...
Easy to read and great book to escape for a little while with a good family story line
Great Book Jan 3, 2007
I loved this book. Dee Henderson does it again. She kept me captivated through-out the entire story. Thanks Dee!
A Lovely 2 Day read Jan 1, 2007
I've got personal nits with the cover, but those aside, someone give this woman a movie contract! Yes, this probably fits a generic romance/ mystery story: handsome men out to protect women, but heck, all Ms. Henderson's stuff fit's that mold. The difference is that Dee Henderson certainly knows how to write well. Her dialogue is believable, her characters a mite flat (but that's to be expected,) the amount of details is decent without being pathetically long, and the general pace is good.
If you've read enough mystery, you'll be able to predict the end, but this was still a nice 2-day read.
Unsure But Turned Out Good Nov 18, 2006
I was really unsure of this book after reading some of the reviews. I had gotten into the O'Malley series and loved the True Heroes series. So I gave it a shot and I'm glad I did. I'm not going to write a plot summary there's enough of them on this site from other reviewers. I liked the character development in this book and feel that it is probably the first book of a new series. I think Ms. Henderson was trying to get everyone introduced and page time. I enjoyed the bond that the chief and Amy had together. As others have stated this isn't a preachy book, but I did like how she wove God and how the different characters felt about religion in it. Was shocked about 3/4th of the way through it but it was related to the story. I felt this book was good but not great especially when compared to her O'Malley series. I would recommend it after recommending the O'Malley series first.
You'll love it Nov 12, 2006
I was staying with a friend a few years ago, I asked if she had something to read, she handed me a Dee Henderson book. That's all she wrote. I had never really been in to the suspense books prior to that first one. I've read almost all of hers and have moved on to Ted Dekker, Randy Alcorn, & of course there's always Frank Peretti.
The Witness is a good stand-alone book. Someone complained about the lack of character development. It didn't appear to me that it was the first in a series. Just because the author has written books that happen to end up being apart of a series, doesn't mean all of them need to be.
I look forward to new adventures that Dee Henderson will take me on!