Secret Sanctuary by Nance Sparks is quite a thrilling novel. This is the third book I’ve read by this author, and with each one, I’ve become more and more a fan of her writing. This one is an awesome addition to her catalogue.
The story introduces us to two women, Alexandria Trenton and Elina Hawkins, both of whom have secrets they have to hide, not only from each other, but the world as well. Alex entered the Witness Protection Program as a child. As an adult she became a U.S. Marshal working secretly to help others like herself transition into the program. Elina started out working in Search and Rescue with her dogs and horses, but transferred into more dangerous and secretive work with the government. The two meet again on the ranch where they both grew up and desire sparks between the two. Danger soon finds them, though, and they both must work together to keep themselves and those they love safe and alive.
Not only is this book filled with intrigue, action, and danger, the author has woven a truly lovely romance into the tale. The characters, especially Alex and Elina work their way into your heart immediately. The secondary characters are equally well-developed. The setting is wild and beautiful, the ideal place for a story filled with action, danger, thrills, and mystery. The description of the setting, especially the ranch itself, makes me want to move there. Alex and Elina’s love story is quite heartwarming.
I am very impressed with this novel and recommend it to all who enjoy stories with danger, intrigue and romance.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.