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Stranger In The Night (Haven #3)

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In the dead of night, there's a knock on the door at Haven, an inner-city youth center in St. Louis. A refugee family—scared, tired and hungry—seeks shelter. Fresh back from Afghanistan, former marine sergeant Joshua Duff takes on the mission. He recruits aid worker Liz Wallace, but she has questions for Joshua. Such as why a Texan with an oil magnate for a father is worki ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 21st 2009 by Steeple Hill (first published January 1st 2009)
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STRANGER IN THE NIGHT tracks the work of Liz Wallace as she helps place refugees in St. Louis, and Joshua Duff, an ex-marine as he works with his friends at Haven, an inner-city youth center. There attraction for each other is immediate, though neither is willing to admit it.
Things heat up at Haven, and Liz and Joshua work together to find what it is that’s started rival gangs to center on Haven. The more Liz and Joshua work together, the more they push each other way. Their goals are different
Fast paced page-turner about Joshua Duff, returned marine Sgt. from 2 terms in Afghanistan, who must unexpectedly use his tracker and anti-terrorist skills to search out and neutralize rival gangs in a dangerous section of St. Louis. Closely allied is Liz Wallace, a young social worker devoted to relocating African refugees in the same area of St. Louis.
All characters live, speak and act as decent Christians would in such situations, facing hard trials, grave risks, and potential joys, seeking
Once again this author writes well but the mood of the book tends to be dark. An interesting story about refugee resettlement and greed.
The 'romance' between the two main characters was cheesy and unrealistic. Maybe I'm just not much for romance books? The story dragged on and on. I only finished it because there was an element of mystery and I wanted to figure it out.
An ex-marine recovering from his time in Iraq helps his friends at a haven for inner-city kids. While helping a refugee family he meets aid worker Liz who he falls in love with even though he knows he'll be leaving soon. All the while, the gangs in the area want to claim this haven as their territory and both main characters get involed in the danger. Interesting story, written pretty well, but I did skip a few parts when they described the horrors that the refugees had left behind in Africa.
I really tried to finish this book but it just did not draw me in. Reading this book felt too much like a chore and I have too many other books on my to read list to waste my time.
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Catherine Palmer lives in Atlanta with her husband, Tim, where they serve as missionaries in a refugee community. They have two grown sons. Cathy is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University and holds a master's degree in English from Baylor University. Her first book was published in 1988. Since then she has
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