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Nightwatch (The Defenders #1)

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Fire captain Mitch Andrews can't forget the three young children he saved from a fire. A suspicious fire that left them orphans. In the care of foster mother Jill Kirkpatrick, he knows the little ones will be loved. Even if the sweet, strong widow won't let Mitch close to her. But suddenly the kids—and Jill—are in terrible danger…and one of the children is missing. Mitch a...more
Paperback, Large Print, 288 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Love Inspired (first published January 1st 2011)
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Rhonda
This is the first book of Valeries that I have read but it won't be the last. It was a clean romance, mystery and suspence with a lot of heroes in it.
Mitch is a firefighter that takes on to much blame when he can't save everyone. Their was a loud explosion of a business and a house. They were able to save the three children but not the parents.
Jill is a foster parent. She was in foster care as a child. Her husband died in a accident right after moving to a farm in a new area. Mitch feels blame f...more
Rhonda
This is the first book of Valeries that I have read but it won't be the last. It was a clean romance, mystery and suspence with a lot of heroes in it.
Mitch is a firefighter that takes on to much blame when he can't save everyone. Their was a loud explosion of a business and a house. They were able to save the three children but not the parents.
Jill is a foster parent. She was in foster care as a child. Her husband died in a accident right after moving to a farm in a new area. Mitch feels blame f...more
Avry15
originally appeared on:Bookshelf Confessions

This was actually the first book I read of Ms. Hansen’s, judging from this book, this won’t be the last.:)…

The romance is subtle, but it’s there, a clean romance, with lot of action, mysteries and suspense in it.

The book is truly inspired by God. In every lines, I felt God constantly knocking at their hearts. It’s a book of faith, and that anyone like Mitch should not let himself stray away from God. It’s not like we deserve the trials were facing, it...more
Barbara
This book is part of “The Defenders” series which involves protecting children from dangerous people. Set in the bucolic town of Serenity, Arkansas, the book begins with an explosion that takes the fire department hours to control as well as the lives of a local married couple, Rob and Ellen Pearson, who ran an export company.

Their children, Timmy (age 7), Paul (age 5), and Megan (age 18 months), are placed into the custody of Jill Kirkpatrick, a recently widowed woman who’s acted as a foster mo...more
Lyn
Nightwatch is not my first Valerie Hansen romance, nor my last!

I decided to read it since Nightwatch won the coveted American Christian Fiction Writers' CAROL Award in 2012.

Nightwatch is still available used and in ebook form. I think the story had the right amount of suspense to keep the plot moving along at a fast clip and the hero and heroine, a firefighter Mitch and a foster mom Jill respectively, were warm and believable characters.

The plot hinges on the mysterious fiery death of the par...more
Ronna
I'm not a real fan of romance fiction but this Christian mystery romance is a couple of steps above the normal romance story.The characters were interesting and well developed.The mystery established clues that kept me guessing till the conclusion.The Christian emphasis was excellent but not preachy.The addition of foster parenting and CASA ( Court Appointed Special Advocate---volunteers appointed by a judge to help abused, neglected, and needy kids) was an added interest.

A fire caused by a bomb...more
Sharon Jenni
NIGHTWATCH is about people who believe in God. However, the characters behave in a very human manner when faced with adversity. Why me? What did I do to deserve this? Does God care? Some of the questions most of us ask when something catastrophic happens in our lives. Sometimes we fail to see God's hand in the worst of circumstances but that is when He is the most active. Mitch, the father figure in the story, recognizes that God may not act in the way Mitch would want even when an innocent chil...more
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Miniseries: The Defenders

"What a wonderful story, full of drama and suspense. It was a “can't put it down” book. I really liked all the characters, the children, especially 7-year-old Timmy who as the oldest did his best to protect his little brother and baby sister. The hero firefighter Mitch is such a caring man, .... Jill is is a foster parent, she knows how the children feel because she, too, was in foster care and jostled from one home to the next. But now the children's lives on the line a...more
Amanda
This book overall had a good plot but I just couldn't get into it. As someone else mentioned the communication between the two, Mitch and Jill, seemed a little unbelievable because they supposedly knew each other so well, best friends and all.

This is my own fault for not knowing that this book is written with religious ties to it. I am not a religious person by any means so that is probably a lot of the reason I couldn't get into the book. Like I said the plot is good just didn't drag me in lik...more
Pegg
A heartwarming story about love and family. Jill Kirkpatrick and Mitch Andrews have been friends since Jill's husband died in an accident. When a couple from their church is killed, Jill and Mitch team together to take care of the three orphaned children. When the youngest child is stolen, tensions rise and priorities change. A sweet story suitable for any age. You can see the ending coming a mile away, but it's still worth the read.
Ellen Sara
This was an exciting, clean romance! I enjoyed Mitch and Jill. I was as worried as them for the safety of the kids. It was fun watching Mitch and Jill dance around each other as they realized they were falling in love. I did suspect the right person as the villain. I did doubt myself sometimes though. There were lots of twists and turns int he plot that I did not see coming! This was a really fun read. :)
John Hanscom
Far too "folksy," the ending was abrupt and more explained than depicted, and it was hard to believe two people who knew each other so well and were best friends had the communication difficulties depicted.
Karen
I enjoyed this book. It is heavily inspirational and romance, and just a bit of suspense. I would love to read anything Valerie might write if the proportions were reversed.
Vicki
A nice read. There were too many undeveloped story lines used to "solve the mystery". I like Valerie's writing, but this was not a favorite.
Patricia
This book was so good that I had a hard time putting it down. Highly recommend.
Aletha
Good suspense. Not too much in favor of the way the baby was portrayed.
Sami
This book was AMAZING!!! it was so mysterious I couldn't stop reading!!!
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Valerie Hansen is the pen name of Valerie Whisenand.

Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. See this thread for more information.

Although I have been a published author since the mid 1980s, I have been writing women's Christian fiction almost exclusively since 1999.

There is a longer, more detailed bio on my website so there's no need for me to repea...more
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