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All Things Hidden

by Kathy Herman

The Past Is Back Ellen Jones's hands are full after she begrudgingly brings her aging father to Seaport. Lawrence's memory is failing--though he can't seem to forget what he's been holding against Ellen for the past forty years. But when he's diagnosed with Alzheimer's, Ellen realizes she never released her resentment and it's too late for reconciliation. Then suddenly--literally overnight--her son, Owen, comes face-to-face with the consequences of his wilder days gone by. No one is prepared for the changes he, and the entire family, will have to make as a result. The past weighing heavily in the present, a clean start is out of the question for both Ellen and Owen. How can God heal their deepest wounds? Enter the least expected person of the bunch... Can secrets kill? Ellen Jones gets a disturbing call from her elderly father's neighbor and must face the fact that her father, Lawrence, is no longer safe living alone. Ellen resents that he forgets the simplest of details and yet remembers the one thing he's held against her for the past forty years. Her being his caregiver is out of the question. Ellen and her husband Guy pair up their fathers to share an apartment in a nearby retirement community. The setup seems ideal until Lawrence wanders off...right past the scene of a murder. Did he see something? He can't quite remember... but the killer doesn't know that! Just when Lawrence is diagnosed with Alzheimer's and Ellen realizes there's no chance they'll ever be reconciled, a shocking secret surfaces from her son Owen's past that drops her to her knees. Ellen is desperate for a miracle. Will God intervene and erase the consequences of past mistakes--or does He have an even better plan? Story Behind the Book"I was twenty-seven when I gave my heart to Jesus. And twenty-nine years later, I'm still realizing the long-term consequences of some of the choices I made during the years I was enslaved to sin. The words of Galatians 6:7, "Do not be deceived. God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows," are as true today as when the apostle Paul wrote them. In the writing of All Things Hidden, my goal was to create unforgettable characters caught in the throes of overwhelming consequences, and enable us to watch the response of a merciful God not to remove their struggle, but to walk with them through the pain and redeem it for His glory." --Kathy HermanFrom the Trade Paperback edition.

The Day of Reckoning

by Kathy Herman

One man's hatred sets off a community crisis in a chilling page-turning read that is also startlingly inspirational. Textile magnate G. R. Logan lays off a thirty-year employee who dies weeks later, and the man's son means to make Logan pay. In her second novel in the dramatic Baxter series, Kathy Herman unleashes a kidnapper's unresolved anger and explores the honest depths of a believer's anger at God. Sinister messages threaten the lives of two teenage girls while the citizens of Baxter struggle to cope with the evil that plagues this once-peaceful town. How will they react when they learn who's responsible? Can anything break their cycle of bitterness? From the Trade Paperback edition.

Ever Present Danger

by Kathy Herman

Can You Ever Escape Your Past?At eighteen, popular Ivy Griffith likes nothing better than getting stoned with her boyfriend, Pete, and his basketball buddies-until one afternoon when a nightmare unfolds. Ivy watches in horror as her boyfriend and his friends murder a teammate and bury his body in a remote location. The four friends make a pact to keep the killing quiet, and Ivy flees her parents' Colorado home for college and never looks back.Now, after ten years of numbing her guilt with drugs, she's finally clean. The single mom of a seven-year-old son, Montana, Ivy returns home to the tiny town of Jacob's Ear, hoping for courage to reveal the shocking truth of her past and be rid of this baggage forever.But when disaster strikes at her high school reunion, she's the only one left alive who witnessed that fateful night so long ago...Or is she? Who else could've known about the pact and who would want Pete and his co-conspirators dead? As the investigation heats up and the death toll rises, Ivy is forced to decide if confessing the truth is really worth risking her own life.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Eye of the Beholder

by Kathy Herman

Things Aren't Always How They Appear! Guy Jones is about to burst his buttons. He just won the biggest case of his career and is being hailed by his law partners. But his wife, Ellen, is consumed with her quirky, needy friends and misses his victory dinner. Little does she know that Kinsey Abbott, Guy's pretty legal secretary, is more than happy to keep him company. Communication between the Joneses rapidly deteriorates when Ellen's stubborn loyalty to an Iranian couple lands her in the FBI's spotlight--and Guy's bad graces. Guy soon discovers Kinsey's dark side, which inevitably pulls him into a web of danger and deceit. He decides not to tell Ellen. But it's going to cost him. Who is my neighbor? Guy Jones is about to burst his buttons. He just won the biggest case of his career and is being hailed by his law partners. But his wife, Ellen, is so consumed with her quirky, needy friends that she misses his victory dinner--and bright, beautiful legal secretary Kinsey Abbott is only too glad to keep him company. When a fishing boat full of explosives is seized near Seaport, Ellen's stubborn loyalty to her Iranian friends lands her in the FBI's spotlight--and Guy's bad graces. But when Guy encounters Kinsey's dark side, a lot more than the Joneses' marriage is threatened! Amid danger, deceit, and violence, Guy and Ellen clash over a key issue: Who is worth befriending--and who deserves loyalty under fire? "As if pulled from today's headlines, this novel touches on the fear that overtakes a town when rumors of terrorists are afoot. Filled with unexpected twists, Eye of the Beholder held me captive until the very end." --Traci DePree Author of Aprons on a Clothesline "Eye of the Beholder enticed me from the first page with familiar and beloved people. Then it took a twist that both delighted and convicted me. This visit to Seaport will change your life." --Janelle Clare Schneider, Author Story Behind the Book"My novels don't come to me ahead of time; each book flows off the tips of my fingers as I sit down and begin to 'feel' the issues deep inside myself. For me, the most intriguing aspect of my writing style is that I don't plan and outline the stories. I turn my fingers loose and get inside the characters and instinctively know where I need to go. After all the suspense is said and done, my hope is that each story will give us pause. That in the deepest part of our souls, we'll embrace the depth of what it means to be believers and then be moved to share its powerful simplicity with those who struggle without hope. I want Eye of the Beholder to take readers inside my characters' hearts and minds so they will take an honest look at whether they show favoritism to people of higher social standing. I want them to realize a person's intrinsic value has nothing to do with social class." --Kathy HermanFrom the Trade Paperback edition.

A Fine Line

by Kathy Herman

Baxter residents fear upheaval when a regional tire plant announces it's coming to Baxter. Rumor says mayor Charlie Kirby's signature on the deal was influenced by an affair with the tire company's corporate attorney - who dies suddenly after the agreement is finalized. Charlie, a pillar of the community and a father of seven, faces the court of public opinion and the biggest moral dilemma of his life. Meanwhile, newspaper editor Ellen Jones goes looking for a feature story, collides with the brick wall of the late attorney's past - and is stalked by someone pursuing the same track!From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Grand Scheme

by Kathy Herman

Fast-paced, intriguing, and suspenseful, "The Grand Scheme" picks up the story from book two, "Never Look Back. " Rue Kessler has married Ivy and together they learn that the best defense against the deadly poison of envy is to discover the rich inheritance they have in Christ.

High Stakes: The Baxter Series - Book Four

by Kathy Herman

Eighteen-year-old Angie Marks, tattooed and pierced, shows up in the small town of Baxter without a place to stay. When eccentric millionaire Patrick Bailey hires her to be his housekeeper, and then when Angie risks her own safety to help Mr. Bailey get his twin great-grandsons out of a rattlesnake's strike zone, she finds herself fully at the center of the town's curiosity. At Monty's Diner they say she might be involved with Billy Joe Sawyer, using rattlers to intimidate the key witnesses in his upcoming trial. Is she? Or does Angie Marks have her own agenda?From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Last Word (Sophie Trace Trilogy, Book 2)

by Kathy Herman

"Police Chief Brill Jessup is back! Discover high-tension suspense that will tug at your heart." Lorena McCourtney, author of The Ivy Malone Mysteries. A family crisis ... a murderer on the loose ... And heart-pounding suspense. When Vanessa Jessup returns home from her sophomore year of college, her mother, police chief Brill Jessup, is stunned to see that she's pregnant-- by one of her professors. While Brill is glad her daughter rejected the father's abortion ultimatum, she's also hurt that Vanessa ignored her upbringing and that the professor has disappeared without as so much as a nickel of child support. But that's not all Brill's got on her plate. One of her detectives has been killed, and the attacker has threatened to come for her next. When a second cop is wounded, public criticism mounts as Brill attempts to stay alive long enough to catch the perp. And she's trying to find that deadbeat dad, while Vanessa struggles to make decisions about her future. The killer seems to be everywhere and nowhere. How can a police chief-- and a mother-- do her job with her life on the line? In a show of grace under pressure, Brill will manage to have the last word, even if it kills her.

Never Look Back

by Kathy Herman

Forgiveness is one thing, but who really forgets? Ivy Griffith has been released from jail after serving time for covering up the strangulation death of a high school classmate ten years earlier. She's paid her debt to society. Kicked her drug habit. She's making a fresh start. Problem is, everyone in her hometown of Jacob's Ear, Colorado, knows what she did. And her seven-year-old son, Montana, won't stop probing about the father he has never met-the man Ivy was too stoned to even remember. Plagued by her own shame and her little boy's cries for male affirmation, Ivy is thrilled when Rue Kessler takes an interest in Montana and her. Maybe, just maybe, he's the answer to prayer she's been waiting for. But Rue has a shadow hanging over his past and is suspected in a rash of bizarre, brutal beatings. He denies any involvement, and Ivy believes him-until she discovers he and Montana have kept a secret from her. At a loss for what to believe or where to turn, Ivy's on the verge of despair and wonders if even God has given up on her. Or is something bigger at play here-something being orchestrated outside of her control that's about to bring down the curtain on everything including her past?

Not By Chance

by Kathy Herman

In Search of Significance Thirty-year-old Brandon Jones arrives at his parents' doorstep burned out, jobless, and now fiancée-less. Ellen and Guy can provide a place for him to stay only until he figures out what to do with his life. When he takes a temporary job at a summer camp for disadvantaged kids, Brandon begins a turbulent relationship with a biracial adolescent named Caedmon. Somewhere in the midst of the chaos--caused by Caedmon's disappearance just before a hurricane is predicted to hit Seaport, and by a group of racists who will not stop at arson or murder--Brandon begins to see that the pieces of his life are not by chance. If he has discovered his life's purpose, can he live it? "Life is pointless. And if there's a God, He's asleep on the job." Brandon Jones didn't know what he expected from the homeless man he met on the way out of town. Certainly not the angry words that haunted him. But then, nothing happened the way he expected. Not his promising career, not his engagement to the "perfect" woman. All his certainty that God had plans for him, that he was meant to do something important--something significant--had amounted to a big fat zero. And now, here he was, thirty years old, no job, no fiancée. Living with his parents. Maybe the homeless guy was right. Then again...maybe not. Maybe Brandon has returned to Seaport for a reason. To face down a brewing disaster, steeped in hate crimes and danger. To survive against all odds. To learn, once and for all, that "many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails." {INSERT ENDORSEMENTS TO COME} Story Behind the Book"I am continually blessed by how many readers express their appreciation for the God-given talent that enables me to write novels, but I'm more amazed that so many of them feel as though they haven't been gifted with anything. My goal in writing Not By Chance was to show that God's purpose for every life is in place before we are born. Based on Proverbs 19:21 , 'Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the L ord's purpose that prevails,' I sought to create unforgettable characters who challenge each reader's understanding of their purpose in life. Ultimately, I want to point them to the Creator with the Master plan." --Kathy HermanFrom the Trade Paperback edition.

Poor Mrs. Rigsby

by Kathy Herman

CNA Sally Cox is about as happy to be at Walnut Hills Nursing Center as the patients are. But it's work or starve, now that her husband has found a younger companion. Sally's new crowd skews toward the elderly-ninety-year-old Elsie Rigsby, for instance, whose dementia comes and goes with her gold-digging son and grandson's visits. Elsie's not going to tell those vultures where she stashed her money. Still, she's not getting any younger, and someone besides her needs to know. Three deaths later, is anyone watching Sally?The love of moneyhellip; Poor Mrs. Rigsby gets so confused. But she's Sally Cox's favorite patient at Walnut Hills Nursing Center . It's too bad her only relatives are her insensitive son, Harry, who's always badgering her about money, and a charming but unreliable grandson. hellip;is a roothellip; Harry Rigsby is retired, but these years aren't exactly golden for him. He's been reduced to eating ketchup sandwiches when his Social Security check doesn't stretch to cover the whole month. It just isn't fair. He has long suspected his mother of rat-holing money, but she won't admit it. Trouble is, if he doesn't find out before her mind goes, he'll never see a penny of it. hellip;of all kinds of evil. Sally Cox is drowning in debt and resentful that her job at the nursing home doesn't pay enough. When Mrs. Rigsby tells her and a coworker that she's hidden money from her greedy son, the coworker devises the perfect scheme to end Sally's financial woes-and opens a door to something evil! Poor Mrs. Rigsbyexplores the pitfalls of financial worry, the wages of greed, and the God who has promised to be a refuge from both. Story Behind the Book I've been dismayed by the financial abuse of people in power-corporate CEOs, trusted religious leaders, and even heads of households-whose mismanagement and greed have inflicted hardship on many a victim. But I wrotePoor Mrs. Rigsbyto show what can happen whenvictimsjustify using dishonest means in an effort to regain control of their financial ture. It's my hope that this story will challenge believers to take an honest look at where they draw the line between their own striving for financial purity-and trusting God to provide what they need. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Real Enemy (Sophie Trace Trilogy, Book 1)

by Kathy Herman

Brill Jessup just became the first female police chief in Sophie Trace, Tennessee, and is riding on the credentials of a stellar eighteen-year career on the Memphis police force. She may be a pro at finding clues, but she tends to ignore the obvious in her personal life. Her husband, Kurt, is weighed down by her unrelenting anger as he struggles to let God redeem the stupidest mistake he ever made. Brill hides behind her badge and her bitterness, deciding that moving her family away from Memphis is the only change she needs to make. Before she even has time to unpack her boxes,people start disappearing. Lots of them. To complicate matters, a local legend has many residents believing that the cause is unearthly--tied to the "red shadows," or spirits of the departed Cherokee who once inhabited the land. While Brill draws on all of her experience and instinct to solve the case, she must confront an enemy that threatens everything she holds dear--one that cannot be stopped with a badge and a gun.

The Right Call (Sophie Trace Trilogy, Book 3)

by Kathy Herman

With information that could solve a series of murders but endangers the girl he loves, a college boy grapples with what to do--and whom to trust.

A Shred of Evidence

by Kathy Herman

Ellen Jones, first introduced in the Baxter series, enjoys a leisurely lunch at a Seaport restaurant where she overhears a private conversation at the table next to her--and disturbing accusations involving the husband of a woman she has recently befriended. When Ellen goes to the husband's employer and cannot get answers, she digs through old newspaper articles and stumbles onto information too frightening to keep to herself. Will Ellen become enmeshed in speculation and gossip--or will she take the lead and become a catalyst for truth and healing?Dangerous Secrets? Ellen Jones is enjoying a leisurely lunch at Gordy's Crab Shack when she overhears a private conversation at the next table--and disturbing accusations about the husband of a woman she's befriended. Reluctant to go to her friend with hearsay, yet compelled to search for answers, Ellen stumbles onto information that gives her cold chills--facts too frightening to keep to herself. Is a child in jeopardy? That's the question that drives Ellen to delve deeper into a stranger's past. How can she turn a blind eye when she has information that might prevent a heartbreaking tragedy? Join Ellen Jones, the former newspaper editor from Kathy Herman's acclaimed Baxter Series, for a new series of thrills and intrigue--and lessons about life and faith. Story Behind the Book"My novels don't come to me ahead of time; each book flows off the tips of my fingers as I sit down and begin to 'feel' the issues deep inside myself. For me, the most intriguing aspect of my writing style is that I don't plan and outline the stories. I turn my fingers loose and get inside the characters and instinctively know where I need to go. After all the suspense is said and done, my hope is that each story will give us pause. That in the deepest part of our souls, we'll embrace the depth of what it means to be believers and then be moved to share its powerful simplicity with those who struggle without hope. I want to take my readers inside my characters' hearts and minds so they will 'experience' just how destructive gossip really is and see that it never accomplishes anything God-honoring, whether or not it's true."From the Trade Paperback edition.

Tested by Fire

by Kathy Herman

When a bizarre houseboat explosion rocks the close-knit community of Baxter, firefighters, friends, and neighbors stand powerless as the McConnells' blazing hull sinks to the bottom of Heron Lake. Grief turns to outrage as new evidence proves there was one survivor -- and points to murder, something this sheltered community has never faced in its hundred-year history. In a race with the FBI, Jed sets out to track down the sole survivor, coping meanwhile with his own painful marital struggle. Baxter's mystery and Jed's dilemma are ones only God can solve in this suspenseful, surprising story of redemption amidst despair in small-town America. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Vital Signs

by Kathy Herman

Furious that his girlfriend chose to bring twin babies to term, Dennis walks out of Jennifer's life. And now the Centers for Disease Control have quarantined Jennifer, along with 200 others who attended the reception for a missionary couple bearing a deadly virus. Is Jennifer at risk? Does Dennis even care what will happen to the twins, separated from their mother at birth? Fear takes hold in the town as violence erupts, and Baxter experiences an outbreak deadlier than any virus. Still, woven through the tale of violence and victims is another story: one of divine love and purpose.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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