Saturday, June 1, 2013

Dare to Believe by L.A. Sartor

The Pulitzer prize winning writer…
Catherine Hemstead Malloy has it all—riches, glamour and happiness—or so it seems. When her husband dies in an accident, she discovers she never really had anything at all. Now with nothing but a dismal bank account and her precious daughter, Cate fights to rebuild her life—until her daughter is kidnapped. Cate has no money, no resources—why would someone target her child?

And the knight in shining armor…
Jason St. Pierre doesn't think of himself as a knight, just a man who does what must be done, lives by his rules and damn the consequences. He'll move heaven and earth to protect the innocent, and his heart—he loved once and lost and won't risk it again, especially to Cate Hemstead.

Their reunion pits them against a kidnapper who is always one step ahead and takes them on a hunt from the majestic mountains of Colorado to the idyllic beaches of Hawaii. Can they solve the who-dunnit turned why-dunnit kidnapping in time to save Cate's daughter?

As usual, I figured out the ending about half-way through the book, but that’s just me.  It’s my bane—that’s how I would have written it.  Most readers won’t.  Ms. Sartor throws in plenty of red herrings and gives you plenty of people to suspect and plausible of motives for each one.  She keeps you guessing with the romance between Cate and Jason as well.  Why did Cate leave Jason all those years ago?  It’s plain she never stopped loving him and just as obvious to anyone not distracted by the loss of her child that he never stopped loving her.  How could they have lived in such close proximity to each other and not realized they still had such strong feelings for each other?  In fact, I wondered if her child wasn’t actually his.  What an elegant solution that could be.  It could either be the answer to a major dilemma or the ultimate revenge.  You’ll have to read Dare to Believe to find out whether I’m throwing in my own red herring.

Length: 282 Pages
Price:  $3.99

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  1. Nice review! But is it really fair to throw in more red herrings? Some of us can't spot the murderer/villain as easily as you!

  2. Rochelle, Thank for the review, it's wonderful to see that even a "jaded" author/reader who has read so many books, can find a book that deserves your rating. It's an honor to read "that's how I would have done it."

    Thank you for the review, I'm sorry I'm late posting, I couldn't find the link.

    If you don't mind, I'll tweet and FB this.

    You're awesome.

    And Cheryl, if you read Dare To Believe, let me know what you think. You can find me at

    ciao and hugs