, June 13, 2014
(view all comments by Sheila Deeth)
Third in the author’s Pure Genius series, Moon Over Maalaea Bay, starts with the beautiful relationship between newly-weds Lee and Jennifer. Having escaped all the trials of the previous books, they rejoice in their new marriage,and in love for each other and for God. But things soon start going wrong in this heavenly honeymoon, and Lee’s soon struggling to calm his racing thoughts enough to pray. An Amber Alert locks down the island of Maui. Friends race to the rescue, from the FBI and beyond. And the newly-weds, newly separated, look for clues, listen for slipups, lay plans, and pray, while waiting for that moment when violent action might ensue.
Author H. L. Wegley creates convincing characters with convincing faith, then matches them up against cops and criminals. Add gorgeous scenery, deadly crime, terrorists and spies, then stir. Faith remains part of the plot, always present but never intrusive. God manufactured coincidences offer a pleasing satisfaction absent from the usual oh-good-we-just-found-out feeling of traditional suspense tales. The danger’s real. The tension’s high. The action’s fast and furious. And the story’s a good, clean, thoroughly enjoyable read.
Great drama. Great thrills and suspense. And great faith that prays without condemnation, and heals without fury---it’s a winning combination. And trust is a wonderful message, well-taught in this well-plotted tale.
Disclosure: I was given a pre-release version to read and I offer my honest review.