Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

Review: A Familiar Shore

A Familiar Shore, by Jennifer Fromke isn’t my usual drink of choice – not really a romance, and certainly not a suspense. I think I’d log it as women’s fiction. The plot intrigued me as I figured out what was going on. Immersed into the story, I found one element which surprised me. 

Jennifer Fromke has a talent for creating characters. Her main character was so deeply formed, she seemed real. But this story isn’t just about one woman. The cast is extensive. But that’s where the unexpected happened. With so many people wandering through these pages, I kept highlighting different names so I could go back and figure out who they were. But I didn’t need to. Each person had enough depth that even my poor memory could keep them all straight without any problem.

That delighted me. I hear all the time how novels shouldn’t have many characters. But sometimes there just are a lot of people involved, as in this case. The author did a masterful job speaking into them unique personalities, voices, and quirks that easily identified each of them.

I so enjoyed this story! Here’s the run-down:

5 gold starsAttorney Meg Marks has a problem with time. In a few short days, she has to make a life altering decision for the family of  her mysterious client. And in a few short weeks, she has to plan her entire wedding. And let me tell you, nothing about either task is simple. In fact, as the story goes on, it’s apparent that Meg has more trouble with the people surrounding her than the time element. The plot comes down to a battle within Meg. When she learns the source of the secrets, she must make a decision between a promise she made or her own need for revenge.

I give this intricate story my five star award!

fromkeAnd more about Jennifer:

Jennifer Fromke is a lover of books, mother of three and wife to one extraordinary man. When separated from her laptop, you may find her teaching Bible study, cooking or (most often) sneaking off someplace with a good book in one hand and a vanilla latte in the other.

Jennifer is a member of ACFW and the Carolina Christian Writers. She attended Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference in 08 and 09 as well as the Master’s Seminar in 2010. She participates in an online critique group of other women’s fiction writers. They call themselves the “Yay-sayers.”

A BA in Literature from Wheaton College shares a decent part of the blame when it comes to ascertaining how Jennifer turned out this way – addicted to reading, writing and all things literary.

Your Turn: My favorite genre is romantic suspense. Do you have a favorite? 

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

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