Cathe Swanson is swiftly becoming another of my favorite authors. With her second published work coming out recently, this one a full-length novel entitled Baggage Claim, she has shown that she is no one-hit wonder after her exciting debut novella Snow Angels came out at Christmas.
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About the Book Baggage Claim
Title: Baggage Claim
Author: Cathe Swanson
Series: Great Lakes Collection
Publication Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Print Length: 408 pages
Summary from the author: There had to be at least one healthy branch on his family tree…Who can he trust?
Ben Taylor, widower and father of four lively children, enjoys his easy, uncomplicated life. He likes his work and has a competent nanny to manage his household. Everything is good until he decides to seek out his biological parents and discovers a family tree with tangled roots and broken branches.
His comfortable life crumbles when he gets caught up in a criminal network of fraud and conspiracy at his new job. When Ben is forced into a dangerous alliance, he scrambles to find a safe situation and protection for his children before setting out to clear his name—all without getting himself killed in the process.
A nanny with a past…
Becoming a nanny was the perfect solution when Teresa Cooper needed a place to hide ten years ago, but now that she’s no longer in danger, she’s ready to move on and make a new life for herself. When Ben asks her to take the children to an unknown relative in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, she finds herself in hiding again, this time with four children in tow. As the children explore the wilderness of the Upper Peninsula, Teresa begins to wonder about God’s plan for her future. Who is this stranger Ben trusts with his children? Why here? Can a city-bred nanny find joy in this wild corner of God’s creation?
The thing that stands out the most to me about this book is that it is unique and doesn’t follow any formula for novels I’ve ever heard of. I read it without even reading the summary so I had no clue where the book was going for the vast majority of it, and that is a fun and very unusual occurrence for this avid reader. The writing is excellent and the characters very complex. In fact, if I have any complaint at all, it is that the characters were so complex that it took a little too long to introduce everybody with their back-stories and get this story rolling. It was worth it though as, despite the slow-ish start, the book is definitely worth reading, and I have no doubt I will even re-read it at some point, which for me, is the mark of a great book. If you’re tired of the same-old, same-old storylines and plots in Christian fiction, this is definitely the book for you!
I received a complimentary ARC of this book from the author. All opinions expressed are my own.