Death Valley Double Cross Review and GIVEAWAY!

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About the Book

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Book: Death Valley Double Cross

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Inspirational Suspense

Release date: February 22, 2022

A killer seeking revenge

will stop at nothing to get it…

Pilar Jefferson is shocked to learn that her supposedly deceased father is alive and has been in prison—and now his ruthless former partner is after her. Fleeing on her wedding day was the best way to protect her loved ones. But now with her mother held for ransom and her ex-fiancé, Austin Duke, stumbling back into her life, can she keep everyone safe—and escape an assassin?

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.

Desert Justice

Book 1: Framed in Death Valley
Book 2: Missing in the Desert
Book 3: Death Valley Double Cross
Book 4: Death Valley Hideout

Click HERE to get your copy!

About the Author

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Dana Mentink is a USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author as well as a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, and a Holt Medallion winner. She is the Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of over fifty titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Poisoned Pen Press. You can connect with Dana via her website at danamentink.com, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)

More from Dana

I remember standing on the edge of the lookout and gazing into the wonder that is Artist’s Palette in Death Valley. Artist’s Drive, which takes you to this breathtaking view, rises above Badwater Basin (the lowest spot in North America) and then meanders along twisting canyons and hills until it brings you to this popular tourist stop. The premier view is a place called Artist’s palette. It’s a sprawling pocket of color, hues of rose, ochre, green and gold tucked in the rippling landscape and teased to life by the desert sun. Isn’t that just like God? To lead us to surprises and wonders that await us in a sometimes hostile world? Every day we spent in Death Valley held a surprise, from the rocks that move mysteriously across the sands to the towering twists and turns of 20 Mule Team Canyon. There are only two things to do with a wonderous place like that…enjoy the divine bounty, and write a novel set there so others can come along!

I hope you will enjoy this third installment in the Desert Justice series. The first is Beckett’s story and then we had quiet cowboy Levi’s adventure. Now it’s brash pilot Austin’s turn. Will he get his happy ending after being dumped at the altar and wrecking his shoulder in an accident? Turn those pages and come with me to Death Valley to find out!

My Review

Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense always provides intriguing inspirational tales with plenty of romance and suspense, such as the Desert Justice series by Dana Mentink, of which Death Valley Double Cross is book three. Each of these stories can technically be standalones, but I would recommend reading them chronologically in order to follow the characters and avoid spoilers. The Duke clan never fails to be entertaining while simultaneously imparting life lessons discovered through their own experiences. To that end, Biblical principles gently undergird the narrative, demonstrating rather than merely telling.

Death Valley Double Cross certainly proves to be an apt title several times over as the storyline develops, which makes it all the more interesting. Surprises abound! The crux of the story, however, rests in the character interactions and true-to-life dysfunctional relationships that add tension while also opening the door for the potential of grace. Pilar Jefferson made an impossible decision six months ago, leaving her fiancée at the altar, and her personal life has imploded with revelations from the past, a past that now threatens her life. The jilted Austin Duke finds himself unwittingly drawn back into Pilar’s life, and they both slowly realize their own weaknesses. This is one of the book’s central messages: learning to recognize one’s own flaws and continually working with God to overcome them. As Austin acknowledges, “Humility was a hard lesson, but for some reason he knew he was a better man for trying to learn it.” Mentink reminds readers that pride includes trying to shoulder burdens on one’s own and not asking for help when it’s necessary. Of course, the first and best resource we have is the Lord!

That our God is a God of the unexpected becomes evident as the plot unfolds. Who would have guessed that redemption and new life could be found in Death Valley? It reminds me of the Easter story, of Jesus’ death and resurrection ushering in redemption and eternal life for those who truly commit their lives to Him. As Pilar realizes, “Commitment was more than love, it was trust and endurance and forbearance and humility and God’s grace.” It is not easy, but it is absolutely worth it!

For anyone who wonders how God can take something tragic and use it for our good and His glory, Death Valley Double Cross presents a beautiful fictional exploration of this topic. Also, dog enthusiasts will enjoy the four canines featured in the story, all of whom live to tell the tale (a must for dog lovers such as myself).

I received a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.

My Rating: 5 stars ♥♥♥♥♥

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Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize package of the first three books in the series (Paperback for U.S. Only) and a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/1c112/death-valley-double-cross-celebration-tour-giveaway

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