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Harvest House Publishers Nowhere to Run, Place of Refuge Series #2

Police Officer Ashley Walters is being stalked. Her wedding plans are interrupted by an attack on her fianci, and a detective is shot protecting her. Ashley is forced to flee for her own safety and the lives of those she loves. Ashley finds refuge in a Mennonite community in Shipshewana, Indiana. But even in a peaceful town among gentle people she cherishes, danger stalks. All she has left is faith. But when faith fails, what survives?
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Review 1 for Nowhere to Run, Place of Refuge Series #2
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3 out of 5
3 out of 5

It was ok for me

Date:February 27, 2013
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RobinV
Age:25-34
Gender:female
This is the second book to the series. The background of the characters was brief and left me a little lost as to how everyone knew each other and what was going on. I would recommend you read the first book, Hiding in Plain Sight, Place of Refuge Series #1, before you pick this one up.
Nowhere to Run is a story about faith. Faith is something so many people struggle with. Will we choose to do it all in our own strength or trust in the One who created the universe? This is the battle Ashley Walters is facing.
As I read through the story I felt Ashley had no faith at all. It was her friends telling her to have faith and to put all her trust in God, which she wasn't willing to do until all else failed. I believe Ashley had the same issue in the first book. Maybe in the third book her faith will finally become solid. I really liked the fact that everyone she was surrounded by was pointing her in the right direction-to God.
The story was not as suspenseful as I thought it was going to be which was probably a good thing since it doesn't take much for me to become scared. I was never on the edge of my seat while reading this story, and lacked the "Just one more chapter" feeling keeping me up all night. However, I was totally clueless on who was stalking her and how they were going to catch him.
While the story was laid out well (apparently because something very similar happened to the author), this is not a book I would read again. Maybe its just because I am a lover of historical romance. I thought I would spread my wings a bit so to speak and try a suspense. You may love this book for the reasons I did not!
****Thank you Harvest House Publishers for the free book in exchange for my honest review.****
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Review 2 for Nowhere to Run, Place of Refuge Series #2
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Like thrillers? You'll enjoy this

Date:February 7, 2013
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Age:45-54
Gender:female
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Review: Nowhere to Run by Amy Wallace begins with police officer Ashley Walters planning her wedding. Among all the excitement, she cannot seem to shake the feeling that she is being watched. She begins to receive gifts from an admirer. At first she believes them to be from her fiancé, Patrick. She finally realizes that they are from her stalker.
Patrick and her best friend Margo come up with a plan to have her join friends in a small Mennonite community. Ashley fights them but after Patrick is attacked she gives in to their request. The police investigate many different leads but cannot find the stalker. Ashley begins to believe that it is a fellow police officer. She even feels threatened in the Indiana community that should be a safe haven.
Ashley must face many fears. She questions if God is able to protect her and her family and if she will ever be able to marry Patrick. Nowhere to Run is an exciting book. If you like thrillers, you will enjoy trying to figure out who the stalker could be. This book is the second in the Place of Refuge series. I look forward to the next book in this series. (rev. C.Ingram)
About the author: Amy Wallace is the author of the Place of Refuge series and the Defenders of Hope series. She is a homeschool mom, speaker, and self-confessed chocoholic. Amy is also a graduate of the Gwinnett County Citizens Police Academy and a contributing author of several books, including A Novel Idea: Best Advice on Writing Inspirational Fiction and God Answers Moms’ Prayers. She lives in Georgia. Amy Wallace's Website
DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of Nowhere to Hide was provided by Harvest House Publishers in exchange for our honest review. Opinions are solely those of the reviewer.
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Review 3 for Nowhere to Run, Place of Refuge Series #2
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4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Good suspense in this story

Date:December 11, 2012
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Irene
Location:United States
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What a suspenseful story! You will love the intrigue in this story and how quickly the story moves from one scene to the next. Ashley Walters is a police officer and finds herself being followed. Fearing for her safety she has to leave her day to day life and hide. She chooses a Mennonite community thinking she will be perfectly safe. Will she be safe or will danger follow!
I gave this book 4/5 stars. I liked the story and thought it did great at being an adventure novel. I did not think it did very well at keeping me interested. The dialogue was hard to get through at times and that made me want to skip parts. I did make it through the whole book but wish it had been better written. I recommend this book for anyone who likes suspenseful stories, Amish fiction or just wants an adventure book to escape into.
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
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Review 4 for Nowhere to Run, Place of Refuge Series #2
Overall Rating: 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Real Danger in a Peaceful Community

Date:November 16, 2012
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Trudi
Location:Bath, NY
Age:55-65
Gender:female
Police officer Ashley Walters is busy planning the wedding of her dreams with the help of her best friend Margo and her fiancé Patrick. Her plans are abruptly derailed when she confirms that a stalker has been following her for some time, and the danger is accelerating as her wedding date gets closer. Although she’d like to stay and fight, when Ashley realizes that her friends and loved ones are at risk she seeks refuge in a peaceful Mennonite community in another state, thinking that the stalker will not find her there.
This tension-filled suspense story offers a high level of reality, especially as Ashley and those close to her individually deal with their fear and struggle with their faith. In an “Author’s Note”, Amy Wallace explains that level of realism by sharing that she was writing while facing a major health crisis and also that she had been the victim of a stalker while in college. Her personal experiences helped to make Nowhere to Run a compelling if unnerving story to read.
As I have not read the first book of this series, I didn’t quite comprehend all the connections with the Mennonite community that are referenced in the story. Having that background would have been helpful, although the lack of it did not hinder my understanding of the story itself.
I found a few portions of Nowhere to Run rather disjointed and difficult to read, mainly those dealing with Ashley’s emotional struggles and the decisions she made. Ironically, the accuracy of those scenes and messy emotions were a strong factor in making Nowhere to Run more than just an exciting and entertaining suspense novel.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.
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Review 5 for Nowhere to Run, Place of Refuge Series #2
Overall Rating: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

EXCITING AND COMPELLING...

Date:November 15, 2012
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My Book Addiction
Location:North Carolina
Age:55-65
Gender:female
NOWHERE TO RUN by Amy Wallace is an exciting inspirational suspense set in Shipshewana, Indiana . Book 2 in "Place of Refuge",but can be read as a stand alone. See," Hiding In Plain Sight". Fast paced and filled with emotion,danger,faith,a stalker, Mennonite life,community,healing,forgiveness,sacrifice,suspense,friendship,and mystery. Follow Ashley Walters, a police officer who is being stalked on a journey that could end her life and the lives of those she loves. Joyce, Ashley,the Yoders, and Patrick will risk everything to save a loved one including death. Action filled with engaging,and realistic characters who will steal your heart and a plot to die for what not to enjoy. A must for anyone who enjoys suspense,inspirational stories of love and sacrifice. Received for an honest review from the publisher a the and Wynn-Wynn Media. Details can be found at author's website,Harvest House Publishers, and My Book Addiction and More.
RATING: 4
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews
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Review 6 for Nowhere to Run, Place of Refuge Series #2
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2 out of 5
2 out of 5

Hard to Get In To

Date:October 9, 2012
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Iola
Location:New Zealand
Age:35-44
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After her fiance, Patrick James, is attacked by a stalker, police officer Ashley Waters agrees to go into hiding in the small Amish town of Shipshewana, along with her friend, Margo, and dog, Chester. But there is danger on the way, and the stalker might have followed them…
I found Nowhere to Run slow to get going and difficult to get in to. It assumed that not only has the reader read Hiding in Plain Sight (the first book in the Place of Refuge series), but that I've read it recently and remember what happened.
Uh, no. I've probably read close to one hundred books since, and Hiding in Plain Sight was good, but it just wasn't that memorable (I would qualify that statement by saying that being memorable isn't always a good thing. I remember the best books I've read, but I'm equally likely to remember the worst).
Halfway through Nowhere to Run, I’d finally worked out who was who, but I was still finding it really hard to get interested in what was happening. Yes, Ashley’s in Shipshewana. The stalker has attacked her boyfriend. She reconnects with some characters from the first book. The stalker is after her…. then I did something I almost never do: I stopped reading.
I stopped at the 75% mark, right in the middle of all the ‘will-they, won’t-they’ suspense. Because I don’t know whether it’s the book or whether it’s me, but it just failed to grab my attention, to the point that I actually don’t care what happens to any of the characters. The writing was good, but not good enough to make up for characters I had no interest in. Sorry, but I really can’t recommend this one.
Thanks to Harvest House and Netgalley for providing a free ebook for review.
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Review 7 for Nowhere to Run, Place of Refuge Series #2
Overall Rating: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

internal struggles of a woman being stalked

Date:September 26, 2012
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bookwomanjoan
Location:Oak Harbor, WA
Age:55-65
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In this sequel to Hiding in Plain Sight, Ashley is being stalked. She reluctantly goes to a Mennonite community in Shipshewana, Indiana with her friend Maggie. She struggles with her faith in God as the terror continues.
The Mennonite community is mixed, that is, there are Plain People and those who dress more like the culture around them. The community is also a sheltering place. Ashley meets a woman who has been abused by her husband and is now hiding from him. When the abusive husbands comes to reclaim his wife, Ashley tries to help her see him for what he truly is.
This novel is a sequel and, unless you have read the first one, you may not be able to appreciate the full impact of this story. Many of the characters, including Ashley herself, had earlier traumatic experiences that play into this novel.
There is a great deal of character development and thinking in this novel. Ashley struggles with her faith in God, wondering why He is allowing all this to happen to her and the ones she loves. The action at the end is very exciting but most of the novel is Ashley working through issues inside.
One aspect of the novel I did not like was the police being portrayed as being so inept. Even though the police know Ashley and her loved ones are in danger, the stalker manages to outsmart various police agencies and hurt people. I understand this was necessary so Ashley could be the heroine in the story, but I certainly hope law enforcement is smarter than portrayed in this novel.
Wallace writes about internal struggles. She wrote this novel during a health crisis when she was asking the same questions Ashley was, Where is God when life hurts? Wallace was herself stalked when she was in college. She writes of Ashley's fear from her own experience. It causes the reader to think about the power a man has to destroy a woman's life, whether by stalking or by physical abuse.
I received an advanced egalley of this book for the purpose of this review.
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