I thoroughly enjoyed Facing the Enemy by DiAnn Mills. The letter Carson sent Risa was chilling and had a spin that I haven’t seen in other Christian romantic suspense stories. Kudos to Mills for delivering an authentic, twisty plot! And boy, was Carson in a world of trouble when Risa caught up to him.
The emotion, the pain, and the hurt from losing her younger brother came through the pages. The author made a bold move by having Risa blame God for her brother’s death. Although it’s a tragic trap many people fall into, I appreciated the level of character development that went into coloring her emotions. When Risa came to her senses and acknowledged that God is a source of life and healing, I was almost instantly drawn to tears. Such a beautiful message was given, showing that Mills’ characters come to life during the intensity of her stories.
A few minor things could use a different perspective, such as when Carson and Gage chatted about how “kids” went to college; it’s a place for all walks of life and all ages. Also, when Gage called Carson an underage runaway. He’s met the age of majority.
Gage’s “Christmas” and mood twist came out of nowhere—in a good way. There were bread crumbs, but I was pleasantly surprised by the wrench tossed when we found out why he never got into the holiday spirit.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley for my honest opinion.