Yuletide Defender

 

Title:  Yuletide Defender

Author:  Sandra Robbins

Pages:  281 (large print)

Year:  2010

Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

Rachel Long is a reporter for the local newspaper with designs on landing a big story that will propel her up the professional ladder.  She needs this story so she can earn more money.  What most people don’t realize is that the money isn’t for herself, but for her special needs sister.  She has been writing a series of stories on the escalating gang violence between two gangs in the city.  There have been six deaths in the last two months, three from each gang.  However, Rachel has received information from an anonymous inside source that this violence isn’t being perpetrated by the gangs, but rather by a lone vigilante who has his own agenda.

Matt Franklin is a detective with the police force who has been called to the scene of these murders and is working to try to bring justice to the victims.  He is a Christian who volunteers at the city youth center for at-risk teen boys.  Matt comes from a wealthy family, but he downplays that as he wants people to see the man he is not the money or connections his family has.  He meets Rachel at the scene of one of the murders and they strike up a friendship.  Matt asks her on a date, but is wary she is after his money when she mentions she wants to work at a higher paying job than she has now.  As Rachel continues to be fed anonymous information, Matt feels she is putting herself at more and more risk.  He wants her kept safe, but she is determined to follow the story.  Suddenly, Rachel has a target on her back as the vigilante has her in his sights.  What happens next, you’ll have to read about!

I enjoy reading these stories full of suspense, action, love and faith.  Matt has a strong faith that helps him deal with the worst society has to offer sometimes.  He gives of his time to community service to try to improve the lives of young teen boys, which is admirable.  He sets an example of a fine Christian man.  This is a story that can be read in an afternoon, sitting outside enjoying the spring weather!