About the Book
Book: No Turning Back
Author: Katie Vorreiter
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: December, 2016
Chronic panic attacks have stolen Livvy Fischer’s classically trained soprano voice and derailed her life. Due partly to a mix-up, partly to her crush on Pastor Lucas, Livvy joins a worship team bound for the chapel at San Quentin. But when a full-scale riot breaks out, she is separated from Lucas and the rest of her group. Survival becomes this song bird’s sole focus.
Snatched from the chapel by an inmate, Livvy doesn’t know who to trust. Tobin says he’s protecting her, but she’s been blindsided before. She struggles to put her trust in God, while all too aware that free will can wreak horrible consequences. Tobin wants her to hide and ride out the prison storm, but Livvy becomes the obsession of another inmate who is a serial killer. Will God protect her? Will Tobin?
It’s one thing if Tobin is turning his life around behind bars. It’s quite another to fall for him.
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As I read this book, I kept thinking what a great movie this would be! A heroine suffering from chronic panic attacks, the young man who grabs her attention, and her surprise that he is a minister. In her efforts to get to know him better, she decides to go with Pastor Lucas and some other congregation members to San Quentin Prison. They will minister to the inmates and she and the choir will sing for them. After all, she had been a classical singer once upon a time--before the trauma that succeeded in stealing her voice and her self-confidence!
What follows is an action-filled story with the ability to alter my breathing and my heartrate! Author Katie Vorreiter takes us deep into San Quentin during a dangerous prison riot and I could actually feel the tension and then smell the smoke when a fire breaks out. LIvvy's fear and her confusion about who to trust when she is separated from Pastor Lucas and the others are overwhelming, as are her feelings of helplessness when she realizes that she doesn't know if an inmate who has offered to protect her really has her best interests in mind. And, as frustrating as her rash decisions were, I found myself understanding her disability to clearly think things through during this life-altering event!
No Turning Back touches on a lot of emotions: love, hate, and feeling trapped physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It also reminds us that no one should be denied forgiveness and a second chance because that is exactly what God offers all us: forgiveness and redemption. It is a wonderful debut novel and people who enjoy Christian suspense will want to read this book!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author but a positive review was not required. These opinions are my own.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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About the Author
Katie Vorreiter is an award-winning writer and copyeditor. She makes her home in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two children rapidly morphing into young adults, and a ridiculously adorable cockapoo. No Turning Back is her debut novel.
More from KatieI’m often asked where on earth I came up with the premise of No Turning Back. My good friend and pastor had me spellbound with his stories of taking softball teams into San Quentin, the maximum security prison for men. What a ministry! He had a few funny tales, but what stood out to me were the cautions the team was given upon entry: they had to sign a form acknowledging that in the event they were taken hostage, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation would not negotiate for their release. Say what? That got me thinking about what it would be like for a woman in such a situation. There are female corrections officers, certainly, as well as woman food service workers and volunteers in a range of capacities. But I wanted a true fish-out-of-water character, and thus Livvy was born. Because of a terrible event in her past, she’s hypervigilant about her personal security. She’s also tiny and, of all things, an opera soprano. Once I had my Livvy, I threw her into a full-scale riot at a men’s correctional facility. Poor thing. But, of course, she’s got God on her side, and he tends to tip the scales. Yet, as all Christ followers are aware, prayer, even unto the God of the universe, is not a get-out-of-jail-free card. Pun intended. We know—all too painfully sometimes—that Jesus was right when he said we’ll have troubles here on earth. God is with us through the storm and works all things together for good, but there’s no guarantee that he’ll remove the storm and it’s often hard to see the good when we’re in the middle of not-so-good. What role, then, does prayer have in the face of the free will of a person intent on evil? If you want to know the answer, read the book. Just kidding. The story is a fast, fun ride and delves into some deep areas, but I don’t pretend to answer the questions of the ages. If you like chewing on these kinds of issues—on your own or with friends—check out the No Turning Back discussion questions on my website. Don’t worry: the story isn’t all dark. In most situations, I can’t stay serious for long, so you’ll find some humor, as well as not one but two hunky romantic options. I really hope you like it. If you want to chat, drop me a note on Facebook or on my website.
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