A Killing Frost
by Hannah Alexander

Steeple Hill Books, 2009. ISBN 978-0-373-78640-4.
Reviewed by Rhonda Esakov
Posted on 01/05/2009

Fiction: Christian; Fiction: Romance

If you grow up in a small Midwest town like the one where Hannah Alexander's book, A Killing Frost, is based, everyone knows your past. Burdened with a secret that threatens her future with the man she loves, Dr. Jama Keith is returning to the homey Ozark town of River Dance to pay off a school loan from the town by staffing a new medical clinic. From the minute Jama steps into town, the action quickly develops. A family friend who helped her through the tragedies of the past shows up on the steps of the clinic with the symptoms of a heart attack. Compounding that, the new director of the clinic is a cold, determined woman that Jama may not be able to work with.

If that isn't enough trouble, a little girl is kidnapped by two killers on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list—and they may be headed to River Dance. The clinic is not even open for business when a serious accident and fire at a local business sends injured patients their way. As night falls, a killing frost threatens to destroy the local wine crop vines, freeze a missing little girl presumed lost in the woods, and hamper the efforts of the FBI to track the kidnapper/killers. Dr. Keith is torn with a secret that could destroy the faith of the townspeople and the man she loves. The crises are piling up and time is running short as Jama attempts to meet each obstacle with her indomitable spirit.

The action in this book kept me turning the pages as the author brings to life a new set of well rounded characters and aptly describes this small town in the Ozarks. Hannah Alexander's knowledge of medical practices, her thriller-type action sequences, and real life spiritual dilemmas mesh well in this first of the new River Dance series.

Christy Award winning author Hannah Alexander is the pen name of husband-and-wife writing team Dr. Mel and Cheryl Hodde, who live in the Missouri Ozarks. Visit their website.

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