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    No Turning Back

    No Turning Back was an incredibly emotional and heart-pounding journey. I stayed up late and put everything else aside because I just had to finish it and see what happened. To start things off, Livvy is already dealing with some serious trauma that is affecting her ability to perform. We get a feel for what happened, but don't really find out the full details of the situation until later. To try and get her mojo back by singing in front of a smaller audience, she joins a church outreach group as part of the choir. But their outreach isn't what she expected. It's in San Quentin prison, and while she does decide to go (or we wouldn't have a story), it's reluctantly. You can feel the tension building this whole time, and we know what's going to happen. But when it does, and the riot breaks out, it still floored me. The reactions, the danger, the help coming from surprising places. Livvy finds herself running with the help of an inmate that is trying to protect her. But she has caught the eye of a very bad man - like one of the worst I've read about, and he is determined to hunt her down. Not only that, but Livvy is separated from her group and in a sea of men that are mostly out for whatever they can get their hands on. One of the things I loved the most about this book was the characters' faith. It wasn't perfect, but it was incredibly real. When things hit the fan, there was doubt, there was prayer, there was bargaining with God to do something - anything - to save their friends. And faith also brought help from some pretty surprising places. It was incredibly powerful. The prison itself was detailed beautifully and without this living, breathing backdrop, the story wouldn't have worked. The place seemed to have a life of its own and lived by rules that seemed foreign to me. The culture is different, the politics are different, the people (guards and prisoners) are different. Katie Vorreiter brought the place and the people to life for me. This book is one that will sit with me for a while in all the best ways. I keep revisiting passages and thinking about everything that happened. It has been the highlight of the year so far. **I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**
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    A Thrilling Debut Novel!

    As I read this book, I kept thinking what a great movie this would be! A heroine suffering from chronic panic attacks, the young man who grabs her attention, and her surprise that he is a minister. In her efforts to get to know him better, she decides to go with Pastor Lucas and some other congregation members to San Quentin Prison. They will minister to the inmates and she and the choir will sing for them. After all, she had been a classical singer once upon a time--before the trauma that succeeded in stealing her voice and her self-confidence! What follows is an action-filled story with the ability to alter my breathing and my heartrate! Author Katie Vorreiter takes us deep into San Quentin during a dangerous prison riot and I could actually feel the tension and then smell the smoke when a fire breaks out. LIvvy's fear and her confusion about who to trust when she is separated from Pastor Lucas and the others are overwhelming, as are her feelings of helplessness when she realizes that she doesn't know if an inmate who has offered to protect her really has her best interests in mind. And, as frutrating as her rash decisions were, I found myself understanding her disability to clearly think things through during this life-altering event! No Turning Back touches on a lot of emotions: love, hate, and feeling trapped physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It also reminds us that no one should be denied forgiveness and a second chance because that is exactly what God offers all us: forgivenss and redemption. It is a wonderful debut novel and people who enjoy Christian suspense will want to read this book! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author but a positive review was not required. These opinions are my own.
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    Spell-binding suspense!

    Faith comes through the darkest hours. For a debut novel, this author certainly has not disappointed! This is a true page-turner, even if I wasn’t able to read it in one sitting. I found myself wondering how this incredible situation would resolve as I went about my daily tasks. It certainly wasn’t what I expected! Livvy is an up and coming opera singer that has had a horrible experience with a stalker, leaving her with anxiety and fear of anything out of her control. Visiting San Quentin with a church group leaves her shaking right down to her toes, but that single pastor is so cute, and she really wants to get to know him, so along she goes. What transpires is something no one could have ever expected or even been prepared for. She experiences grace and love in the most unlikely of places - a maximum security prison as a hostage during a riot. I loved reading about the heroes in prison blues, how they did what Jesus would do. The complete reliance on God and watching His hand at work in these nightmarish circumstances definitely made me consider how I would react. This ARC was received through CelebrateLit. The five star rating, impressions and comments were not solicited and are my own.
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    Heart pounding situations

    Livvy Fischer is in a quandary. She is an operatic singer who is unable to perform because of panic attacks. She unwittingly joins a worship team that is set to perform at San Quentin, a maximum security prison. Livvy has a thing for Pastor Lucas, who is going with the church baseball team to play against the prisoners. One of the humorous comments is when she calls him “Pastor Luscious, I mean Pastor Lucas”. On stage she notices a particular prisoner staring at her and making her very uncomfortable. Shortly after that a full scale riot erupts. Tobin, an inmate, grabs her from the stage and forces her to go with him. He says he is only protecting her but trust is hard in this setting. Her goal is to survive and get out of the prison confinement but havoc is being unleashed all over. Her fellow church members are nowhere to be found. This was a very gripping nail-biter for sure. Hiding out with Tobin, going from location to location, and running from a serial killer that is after her, makes this a novel that can’t be put down! Who is in the killer’s gang on the inside? Are all the employees in the prison on the up and up? Will Livvy make it out and why is she having conflicting feelings for Tobin, an inmate? Grab a copy and find the answer to all these questions and more. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise.
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