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Kate Adams had no idea she was carrying counterfeit money, and she can't believe that it came from her sweet neighbor. Or that it lands her in the middle of another one of Detective Tom Parker's investigations. Determined to prove her neighbor's innocence, Kate stumbles into a pit of intrigue that is far deeper than a two-bit counterfeit operation--and strikes too close to ...more
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Published June 17th 2014 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published June 10th 2014)
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Sarah Grace
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 15+ for mild romance
Oh my word, I loved this one so much! Things are definitely heating up as this trilogy continues.

Kate's continuing character arc is so, so good. I just love her innocence and naivete! She's just the sweetest and so relatable. Tom is also fabulous . . . These two characters compliment each other so well. The secondary characters like Julie and Hank were also great. (view spoiler)

The story lin
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Brittany
May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Blind Trust is another exciting suspense in the Port Aster Secrets series. It is book two and picks up fairly close to where book one ends. It can be read as a stand alone, but will make so much more sense if you read Deadly Devotion first.

The author kept me guessing through most of the book and certainly adds in many twists and turns. It is hard for Kate Adams to know who to trust. She is a character who wants to think the best of everyone, but is learning throughout this series that people are
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“Kate's not sure how deep this deception goes--but she'll do whatever it takes to find out.
Kate Adams had no idea she was carrying counterfeit money and can't believe that it came from her sweet elderly neighbor. Or that it has landed her in the middle of another of Detective Tom Parker's investigations. Determined to prove her neighbor's innocence, Kate stumbles into a pit of intrigue far deeper than a two-bit counterfeit operation--and one that strikes too close to home for co
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Kathleen Friesen
May 02, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a difficult review for me. I’ve read and enjoyed several books by Sandra Orchard, so I expected more of the same: great pacing, well-drawn characters, and tight tension. And in this book, those aspects did not disappoint. I’d already decided this book rated four or five stars when I hit the end. The end? To be honest, I was furious. Books that end with cliff-hangers and without wrapping up storylines, especially the main story, leave me cold. And angry. So instead of four and a half star ...more
A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

Kate Adams had no idea she was carrying counterfeit money, and she can't believe that it came from her sweet neighbor. Or that it lands her in the middle of another one of Detective Tom Parker's investigations. Determined to prove her neighbor's innocence, Kate stumbles into a pit of intrigue that is far deeper than a two-bit counterfeit operation--and strikes too close to home for comfort. As family secrets c
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JoJo Sutis
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love love love this Port Aster Series from Sandra Orchard and Blind Trust is an awesome addition!!!
This series has everything that a good mystery lover wants. It’s fun! Quirky! Suspenseful! Mysterious! Romantic!
Kate is an amazing main character….I love her!
Sandra has done a fantastic job in creating a phenomenal series and I cannot wait for what’s coming next!!!
I highly recommend to read book 1 before you pick up this one.
Jalynn Patterson
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:

Kate Adams had no idea she was carrying counterfeit money, and she can't believe that it came from her sweet neighbor. Or that it lands her in the middle of another one of Detective Tom Parker's investigations. Determined to prove her neighbor's innocence, Kate stumbles into a pit of intrigue that is far deeper than a two-bit counterfeit operation--and strikes too close to home for comfort. As family secrets come to light, her world--and her budding romance with Tom--begin to crum
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Dawn
Kate Adams would like nothing better than to live a peaceful life immersed in her research and the budding relationship with Detective Tom Parker after the past few months of trying to solve the murder of her friend. Yet, trouble has a way of finding Kate. This time it's counterfeit bills that she accidentally uses to purchase groceries for her elderly neighbor. As the case to find the counterfeiters unfolds, Kate soon finds herself in the midst of another police investigation that soon turns de ...more
Doreen
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
“Blind Trust” is book two in the Port Aster Secrets series. While there are lots of hints at what took place in book one, things will make so much more sense if you read “Deadly Devotion” first. It’s worth reading them in order.

Also, reading them in order adds to the groan factor when Kate finds herself in police custody for passing counterfeit bills. Not again!! The book leaves you wondering if this just coincidentally happened to her or if it’s related to the events in book one. Really, this
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Dana Kamstra
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reviews
I can't help but reference book 1 in this series. Where the first book started off slow, this one had me turning pages faster than I could read them. Well, not really because that would make the book hard to read. But, this novel was quite eventful.

I didn't have the same problems with the characters. I have spent enough time with them, that they felt quite a bit more fleshed out by now. Their words and actions felt quite natural. The relationship between Tom and Kate was also a treat in this nov
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Kav
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Bind Trust is best read as the second book in the series. Having said that, it does read well as a standalone, however obviously acts as a spoiler to the mystery in the first book.

I think Orchard has created a new genre...suspestry? Or myspense? A suspense/mystery hybrid. :-) Whatever you want to call it, this is a page-turning read. The author's detail-oriented, steel-trapped mind is scary! How she keeps everything straight as she weaves the current plot and overall series arc together is beyo
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My Book Addiction and More MBA
BLIND TRUST by Sandra Orchard is an intriguing Christian Mystery set in Port Aster. #2 in the “Port Aster” series, but can be read as a stand alone. See, “Deadly Devotion”. With family secrets, commercial crimes, counterfeiters, just a drop to what is to come. You don’t want to miss a moment of this fast paced tale of a budding romance, danger, betrayal, and intrigue. Kate must uncover all of this small town secrets in order to be safe. But will she and her new-found romance with Detective Tom P ...more
Cindy
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
ARGHHH I was NOT ready for this book to end. And that is the only thing wrong with this book is it ended in the middle of the story. Now I eagerly and not so patiently wait for the next book. I loved this story, and read book one and remember being frustrated too. LOL what can I say I am not a patient person. Sanda Orchard is a great writer that leaves me hanging and waiting eagerly. In my opinion this book does not stand on its on, there are lots of references to the first story, but reading th ...more
Katy Lee
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The suspense kicks up! Sandra Orchard really stepped up the suspense with this second book in the Port Aster series. The first in the series, "Deadly Devotion," was a great, well-developed beginning to the series that laid the foundation for the three books so well that I cracked open "Blind Trust" and jumped right into the excitement without a moment of delay.

Kate Adams, amateur sleuth is caught in the middle of a case again that has nothing to do with her…or does it? She’s about to find out. "
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Wilani Wahl
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another awesome page turning book by Sandra Orchard. This is the second book in her Port Aster series. It is best to read the books in this series in order. I loved this book. I loved the mystery and suspense. I loved that this book ended with a cliffhanger. I am also glad that a copy of the third book should arrive in my mailbox any time. I can't wait to read and see how some of the threads in the first book will end up. In addition to the great writing and suspense, I also love the spiritual t ...more
Cathy Daniel
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This series is just getting better & better! Love the twists & turns! Tom is really the best hero and I love him more than Kate!
Sarah
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Victoria
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Disliked-
Honestly, there was nothing in this book to keep me from enjoying it!

Liked-
Kate and Tom's relationship is built on the inner beauty of the characters in a way that is invigorating. I honestly love their relationship. The way Tom protects Kate even though there's major conflict if he's doing the right thing is the same way I'd want a guy to do for me.
Kate has this stubborn streak that's really admirable. Her life is in danger and yet she does not just stay inside with the doors locked,
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Kim
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a great addition to the series to prepare readers for more answers, adventures and mysteries in book three. Best of luck to you in determining whodunit and why as the suspect list is lengthy and complicated. Also complicated is the relationship between accidental sleuth Kate and police detective Tom. Kate has never had a reason to trust police officers before, so their interactions are hesitant at best.
Elizabeth
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
The second book in a series that keeps me reading. A clean whodunit with twists and romance enough to keep you reading. As with any cozy mystery, the protagonist takes risks we know she shouldn't take! But we also know she will end up safe. On to book three!
Sarah
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have lately been reading a lot of mystery books with just a twinge of romance. This book was definitely one that I would recommend.
Kara
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
My Comments
I had been anticipating the sequel to Deadly Devotion for awhile so I was very pleased to read more about Kate’s amateur sleuthing adventure. Even though the story didn’t grab my full attention right away, I was eager to see what happened with Kate and Tom.

The mystery and focus of the book takes off right away. Kate is shopping for her elderly neighbor when the clerk discovers the bills paid with are counterfeit ones, leading immediately to Kate getting into trouble. Tom shows up for
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Rick
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Kate Adams is back, and this time it appears that she is circulating counterfeit $10 bills around Port Aster. Detective Tom Parker is called in to head the investigation and right away things don’t seem to add up. Kate may be a lot of things, but a counterfeiter is not one of them. The investigation continues and the twists and turns come around every corner. In a side story, Kate’s neighbor is continuing to exhibit bizarre mental behavior and her son is in town pushing for her to be taken to a ...more
Claudia
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Blind Trust by Sandra Orchard – A Book Review
Kate Adams is the Nancy Drew of pharmaceutical researchers, finding herself in increasing numbers of dangerous situations, some of her own making, some not. Tom Parker would be the ideal person for her to develop a relationship with, a detective who is used to dealing with trouble, which seems to follow Kate everywhere she goes. However both Kate and Tom have histories that complicate the matter. Sandra Orchard has also cast a large number of support
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Wanda
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Present Day - Niagara Peninsula, Canada

"Wow, thanks. Hmm, what other compliment could I fish for?" His gaze tangled with hers in a playful tug-of-war. He tapped his fingers on his lips. "You don't like the way I kiss?"
"I wouldn't know." She smirked, forgetting for a moment that he was a cop and she was involved in two too many of his cases.
"I could remedy that." He brushed his thumb along her bottom lip, releasing a flurry of butterflies.
She held her breath as his smoldering gaze drifted to her
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Lisa Johnson
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Title: Blind Trust (Port Aster Secrets #2)
Author: Sandra Orchard
Novel Pages: 359
Year: 2014
Publisher: Revell
This second story in the Port Aster Secrets continues with Kate Adams and Tom Parker as the lead characters. This story takes place just a few months after book one ended. It would be helpful to read book one before reading the second book because references are made in several places in book two that refer to events or characters in book one.
Kate Adams stops to buy groceries for her neighb
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Janet Sketchley
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is not a book to read at bedtime, because Sandra Orchard is too good at motivating readers to turn "just one more page." The tension is high, in part due to Kate's tendencies to seize whatever opportunity she sees to get to the bottom of the mystery.

Blind Trust is book 2 in the Port Aster Secrets series, and if you jump in here you'll understand all you need to know, but I highly recommend starting at the beginning with Deadly Devotion (read my review here).

Kate Adams is still grieving for
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Tamara Tilley
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
BLIND TRUST by Sandra Orchard was a riveting story with plenty of suspense, and enough romance to keep the story moving.

Kate Adams finds herself once again entangled with Detective Tom Parker. First, it was while she was adamant to prove her friend, Daisy, was murdered. Now, she finds herself as a suspect in a counterfeiting ring. Though she has no intentions of getting involved with Tom on a personal level, she’s thankful he is overseeing her case. She knows he will do whatever’s possible to pr
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Mary Brown
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Synopsis:

Kate Adams had no idea she was carrying counterfeit money, and she can't believe that it came from her sweet neighbor. Or that it lands her in the middle of another one of Detective Tom Parker's investigations. Determined to prove her neighbor's innocence, Kate stumbles into a pit of intrigue that is far deeper than a two-bit counterfeit operation--and strikes too close to home for comfort. As family secrets come to light, her world--and her budding romance with Tom--begin to crumble. T
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Sandra
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kate Adams deals with a secret past that includes a dead father and distrust over the pharmaceutical company he worked for, as well as the police. Detective Tom Parker knows her secret and would like nothing better than to show her she can trust him. But just as she's coming around, events force him to keep his own secret, which threatens his relationship with Kate.

Blind Trust is Book Two in the Port Aster Secrets series by Sandra Orchard. I missed reading Book One, Deadly Devotion. It's not ess
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