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The Elliott family is well respected in their community … until suspicion falls upon their construction company with a fault in the new dam they just constructed. Mr. Elliott Sr. is also a senator so has gained friends as well as enemies in the political arena. Avery, his granddaughter, was raised by Mr. Elliott, her granddad, ever since she was a pre-teen since her parents had no interest in her upbringing. This, obviously, caused a crushing blow to the young Avery, but her granddad loved her and raised her to be a strong, independent woman with a strong faith. Her upbringing was tested when accusations were flying around town about her granddad’s construction company, so much so he wanted Avery to leave town until things settled.
Enter Marc Wilkins, FBI agent, and his partner Roden doing their best to get to the bottom of the deaths surrounding the situation. Were the victims a matter of coincidence or were they somehow connected to what happened? Marc was also dealing with the death of his father whom he was estranged from, the finding out of having a younger sister, and keeping his mother out of danger. Add to this the growing attraction he felt toward Avery.
There are a myriad of other characters that help enhance this story, Shipley, Buddy and Saundra, Leeanne, Craig, the ranch hands, Tessa (Marc’s sister), the memory of Marc’s father.
This is a carefully crafted tale looking for “concrete evidence” of what happened to the dam along with the who and why. I kept thinking I had it figured out, but no … the person behind the damage and the reasons why came as quite a shock which made for an interesting read and an interesting conclusion. This story ties in a very strong family connection, a family who is closely devoted to their faith, a family who sticks together through thick and thin, a budding romance, a brother and a sister who didn’t know about each other building a relationship, a man who also learns how to forgive his father for what he didn’t have growing up. That’s a powerful lesson.
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