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Gathering Shadows

(Finding Sanctuary #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,886 ratings  ·  199 reviews
Wynter Evans is a promising young reporter for a television station in St. Louis, but even a bright future doesn't take away her pain over the disappearance of her brother nine years ago. So when she stumbles across a photograph of a boy with an eerie resemblance to him, she can't pass up the chance to track him down. With research for work as her cover, she sets out with ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Bethany House Publishers (first published April 29th 2014)
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“Wynter Evans is a promising young reporter for a television station in St. Louis, but even a bright future doesn't take away her pain over the disappearance of her brother nine years ago. So when she stumbles across a photograph of a boy with an eerie resemblance to him, she can't pass up the chance to track him down. With research for work as her cover, she sets out with one of the station's photogs for the place where the picture was taken: the town of Sanctuary.
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Cathy Daniel
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent story. I really did not guess who the villain was. Sweet ending! Another wonderful book by Nancy Mehl!!
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Gathering Shadows is built on such an interesting premise. The possibility that an abducted child could have been hidden away in an Old Order Mennonite family for ten years caught my attention and I knew that this was a book I wanted to read.

The story started out at a slow and steady pace as Wynter began making contacts and gathering information. I liked how we learned a little bit here and there from Wynter, and eventually from her father, about the details of Ryan’s abduction and of other int
Janet Marie Dowell
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am honored to be a character in this book! I really enjoyed this book! Wynter Evans' brother was kidnapped as a child. She always believed he was alive. As a TV reporter, her job always allowed her to visit different places. This particular assignment takes her to the town of Sanctuary. Sanctuary is small Mennonite town in Missouri. She went to interview some of the people in Sanctuary, but the real reason she goes is that she saw a picture of a young man that "looks" like her brother.

She and
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Gathering Shadows is another great suspense filled novel by Nancy Mehl. I loved reading how Wynter struggled with her past and her determination to find her missing brother. There many events that happened in this book associated with her brother. You are left guessing "who did it" all the way to the end. What a shock! I did not see that coming at all. Fabulous read!
5 stars.
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another winner by Mrs. Mehl. The characters are always special and delightful, except the villain of course. The setting of Sanctuary is wonderful. I'm looking forward to the remainder of this series plus the release of Fatal Frost in November 2016.
Patricia Bradley
I really enjoyed Nancy Mehl's Gathering Shadows. It kept me hooked until the end and I was surprised at how the killer was. Although looking back, there were clues pointing to the killer. Great job, Nancy! I will be reading the other books in the series.
Jul 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, review
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

If the genre of a new-to-me-author is one that appeals, I’m all for the “adventure” of trying that new author. Nancy Mehl is an author who has had a slew of books to her name already, though none of those have found a way onto my reading list. After my mom talked about this one from an ad in the back of another Bethany House book, I happened to get an email about this one and one accidental click of the mouse later and I had this one in my mailbox. That’s my story, the actual
Lynne Young
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh! I was riveted to this book! I could not put it down! I love books with a mystery or a little suspense attached to them and this one did not disappoint! Definitely a page turner from the first chapter! For once I didn't figure out "whodunit" until it was revealed. I had my ideas but I was wrong!

Wynter/Emily has strong memories of her abducted brother even though she was a little girl at the time. His abduction tore her family apart. But could this photo be her brother? Or is she just
Feb 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
"You'll never believe WHAT she found in a little Missouri town!"
"7 things you should never steal from a hospital!"
"Woman looks for missing brother, and you won't believe what happens next!"

The story is fairly dull, the characters are two-dimensional smiley faces, the mystery bit is ruined by the fact that I genuinely fail to care about what happens to any of the characters (I was looking forward to some of them dying in hopes of seeing some genuine emotions out of those left, really) and the boo
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wynter Evans is asked to do a television documentary on little known towns in Missouri. She goes to Sanctuary, a hicktown that is predominately Mennonite. She discovers that even in a small town there are secrets. She sees a Mennonite boy that looks suspiciously like her younger brother who was kidnapped years ago. There are many layers of secrets to uncover. Why did someone give her a package of newspaper clippings about babies who were kidnapped from hospitals years ago and who is trying to fr ...more
Teresa Snyder
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another great romance mystery from Nancy Mehl. The book grabs you from the beginning and holds your attention until the end. The characters are very well defined. Love Rueben and Wynter. The secondary characters were also good. The cover, unlike most, depicts Rueben and Wynter exactly as I picture them. I was a little disappointed in the ending, but I'm hopeful the story will continue in book two.
Stella Potts
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gathering Shadows is a suspenseful novel from the very first page. It will keep you hanging on until the very end. Who kidnapped Wynter's brother all those years ago and why can't she let it go? Why does she insist the he is still alive when everyone else thinks he is dead? There is mystery, suspense, romance and heartbreak in this book that you definitely do not want to miss. Also many life lessons as you go along. I highly recommend this book.
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first time I've read this author and I really enjoyed the story. I read this book at a busy time and was frustrated that I couldn't just read it straight through without interruptions. It is a page turner and you won't want to put it down, I certainly didn't! Very intriguing mystery with progressive character development throughout the entire book. Loved the characters and their growth throughout the story. I'm looking forward to more books by Nancy Mehl.
Donita Corman
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book could easily be made into a movie on Hallmark or Up tv. I'm looking forward to the next book. Nancy has written a mystery filled with endearing characters. I felt like I was personal friends with them. Highly recommend this book
Kari Beasley
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Starting this book I was wanting a light read, that's not what I got. The story is one that will work to build your faith up while allowing you to question why things happen. Wynter and Zac find themselves through the tragedy of Wynter's past in a quiet unassuming town called Sanctuary. A family torn apart begins to heal. However, the kidnapper was not who I thought.
Lisa Johnson
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Title: Gathering Shadows (Finding Sanctuary #1)
Author: Nancy Mehl
Pages: 314
Year: 2014
Publisher: BethanycHouse
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Wynter Evans is a reporter for a local TV station. She is sent to Sanctuary on assignment from her boss, but also because she has seen a picture of a local teenager who resembles her brother who was kidnapped 10 years ago. She is determined to find out if this boy is really her brother and if so, how he came to be in a small Mennonite town. Before she can pu
Maureen Timerman
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Although this is a new series, I loved being back in Sanctuary, and visiting with some of our old friends. This new series is awesome, and I had to keep turning the pages, as my heart went into my throat.
As you will learn from reading the back of the book, Emily, or Wynter, has been missing her brother since he was kidnapped, or murdered when he was seven. I can’t even imagine, the pain and hopelessness of such a tragic happening in a family. While Wynter has gone on with her life, and is now ne
Carol Lee
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have read several books by this author and this one was just as great as the rest. after seeing some pictures, Wynter Evans talks her boss into letting her do a series of stories about places in Missouri that people would not know about otherwise. She winds up in a town called Santuary and soon finds herself with more than she anticipated. I liked how the story didn't follow a standard that everyone is good or changes right away. I liked seeing the growth in the characters and how they sorted ...more
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Gathering Shadows" is a Christian mystery novel. Most of the story was about finding the lost brother and Wynter finding healing for her broken family relationships. There wasn't much suspense, and romance wasn't really developed. They move from "I want to get to know you" to thinking about marriage within a few days, and I'm not even sure why they were so attracted to each other.

The mystery was interesting and had a number of twists. There were clues, but I didn't recognize most of them as suc
Cara Putman
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a story that slowly builds in intensity as the chapters move forward. The mystery is on the page almost from page one, but doesn���t acquire suspense pacing until the last quarter of the book. And there are many layers to the story and mystery. They all weave together artfully in the end. Gathering Shadows also has the small town charm of Nancy Mehl���s prior romantic mystery series and the wide cast of appealing characters which will bring readers back for the next installments in the s ...more
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am not a fan of Amish style novels but I do like Mehl's works. This novel has a good combination of mystery, suspense, and romance. It has enough twists, turns, and revelations in it that I avidly kept reading. I appreciate that the town of Sanctuary, while appearing to be a quiet and restful town on the surface, held deadly secrets. This is a good novel for those who like Amish style fiction but will be appreciated by mystery lovers as well.
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Karen Brazelton
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spellbinding book

I read a LOT of books and, by far, this has been the most captivating book I've read in a long time. It masterfully wove a story of mystery of kidnapping, murder, lies and deceit with finding faith, family and love. I literally couldn't stop reading until I had read the last paragraph. If there had been a Sanctuary Book #2, I would have wanted to get my hands on it to continue to find out the next chapter in the lives of the characters I found in Gathering Shadows.
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never heard of the Mennonite but this story was absolutely thrilling and beautiful!! It kept me turning the pages and sometimes I would get too scared for Wynter to continue reading. I kept making up the story in between reads. I knew there would be someone unusual who'd be connected with missing Ryan. I didn't expect who it was. This story of forgiveness, mercy and love is a beautiful Christian story. The town of Sanctuary sounds like a nice place too. Very good read if you like crime sprinkled ...more
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great mystery and story of misjudgments.

This story keeps you wondering until the end. You learn to not assume you know people or what they are doing and why. Lots of interesting characters that you would like to meet and spend time with.
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
First time author for me. I enjoyed this book and can definitely see reading more books by Nancy Mehl. I love it when I can come across a book that really speaks to me, that in some fashion or another expresses thoughts I've had myself just never voiced.
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent story line

This is the first book I've read by this author. I really enjoyed getting into this book. It could make a good series!
Heather Hodge
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grreat read

I loved this book. Intrigue from the first page. Would recommend to anyone who likes a suspense mystery. Great read
Rebecca Mayhugh gardner
Good book

I knew what was going to happen but I still could not put it down just in case there was something I was going to miss.
April L. Brown
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On To My Next!

Great romantic suspense novel! Kept you interested right until the end! On now to read my next Nancy Mehl novel because of this one!
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Nancy Mehl lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband, Norman, and her very active puggle, Watson. First published in 2001, she has now authored nine books, including an omnibus mystery collection, Cozy in Kansas, which contains three of her previously published Ivy Towers mysteries. Book three in the series, For Whom the Wedding Bell Tolls, won the American Christian Fiction Writers Mystery Book o ...more

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