Shadow in Serenity
Carny Sullivan grew up the child of traveling carnival con artists. She can spot a con from a mile away. And because of that, the minute Logan Brisco blows into town she knows he’s a con just waiting to happen. She calls him on it publicly, but he quickly diffuses her claims. Carny is determined to expose Logan before he fleeces the town of Serenity of everything they have.
As Carny watches Logan’s every move and does he...more
Con man Logan Brisco breezes into Serenity, Tex...more
Carny Sullivan doesn't buy what Logan is selling. She was raised in a traveling carnival and has seen more con jobs than anyone, her wisdom going far beyond the circus tent. Trying to protect her son Jason from the life she has seen becomes a constan...more
Logan comes to town spinning dreams and charming Serenity's citizens. But Carny can spot a con a mile away and isn't letting him steal from "her" town.
Change is hard. Both Logan and Carny find out that God can help and no matter what the fault He will forgive and make new. It was a new look at how G...more
Carney Sullivan is tough as nails, a good mother and loves the people of Serenity as if they were family. Raised by con artist in a traveling carnival she knows a con when she sees one. When Logan Brisco show up promising to...more
When Logan Brisco blew into Serenity Texas, he planned on scamming the people of the town for all he could get, then escape before he was found out. He meets Carny Sullivan, the daughter of a carnival owner, who recognizes him for what he is, because she's seen all the scams, working for her father's carnival, until she left, married and moved to Serenity when she was 17.
Carny tries to tell everyone that he is scamming them, but no one wants to believe her. They want to believe he is representi...more
"A huckster. A shyster. A con man. Y'all are making a terrible mistake."
Yet no matter how many times she tried to warn them, not only her own in laws and citizens of Serenity, no one wanted to listen.
Situated in Texas, Serenity was a quaint and peaceful town that some would compare to Mayberry from the old Andy Griffith show. One that was also beginning to feel the effects of the latest downturn in the economy. These are where hard-working, God-fearing...more
Carny herself has been...more
While the carnival/amusement park idea was unique, I felt that I had to suspend belief for a large portion of the story. Like Carny, I wondered how in the world all of Logan's plans would come to fruition if he...more
Shadow in Serenity by Terri Blackstock is about a girl named Carny Sullivan who grew up learning the ways of conning and tricking people out of their money. As a young girl, her family was setting up their fair ground in Serenity, Texas when she fell in love with the community and found that Jesus could wipe her slate clean. She married very young and had her son, Jason, thinking she had found the home she had always longed for as a child. When her marriage did not end up as she had planned, she...more
I loved Carny and Logan although I must admit I wasn't very fond of Logan in the beginning and even at the end of the book I had a hard time liking Carny's parents. There was one person I wish the author had told us more about and I'm hoping there might be a book about her someday and that is Ruth, the "fat lady...more
I knew full and well going into the story it wouldn’t be the typical suspense/murder mystery and I was perfectly fine with that. Where I ran into some snags was how the story came together. Much of the dialogue felt w...more
Terri Blackstock is one of my favorite Christian suspense authors, so I found this book a little slow as it focused more on a romance than a mystery. The characters are vivid, the town is enrapturing, but the plot dragged on for a little too long.
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I really like it because it shows us even the most unfeeling, unloving person can truly want to change and be saved. God isn’t held back. He can even make the vilest person clean and whole.
Carny grew up in a carnavial and saw lots of peopl...more
This is my first step into Terri Blackstock’s work and, while it wasn’t as edge-of-your-seat suspenseful that I was expecting, it was an engaging story that kept me reading. I thought it was neat that Terri rewrote Shadow in Serenity (original published for the general market) with a Christian message woven in. And she did it so seamlessly—even when I read, at the end, how she’d added the Christian elements, I almost found it hard to imagine the book w...more
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Shadow in Serenity was way better than I expected! I really liked how the story dealt with con artists and scamming people - very unique from most books I've read.
I loved how Carny instantly saw through Logan and realized he was a con man. I also loved how redemption and forgiveness were major parts of Shadow in Serenity.
Overall, Shadow in Serenity was a great read that...more
Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in a U.S. Air Force family. She lived...more