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Shadows from the Past

(Shadow #1)

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'?It is the price you pay for choosing to be a cop. Your brother's life?' LAPD officer, Aurora Kavvan cannot rest until she finds her brothers killer. Digging into the past always brings back unpleasant things: memories, guilt?a hit man. Now she is in a race against time to find the murderer before he finds her.
Paperback, 233 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Tate Publishing & Enterprises
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Joan
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is very much a relationship focused novel. There is next to nothing about investigative procedure and very little suspense. The focus of the narrative, by far, is a romantic relationship. A secondary focus is Aurora's lapsed relationship with God.

The major issue in this novel is God's sovereignty and tragedy. Aurora's brother is murdered at the beginning and Aurora has lost her faith in God. She is mad at Him for allowing it to happen. We wonder if she can find her way to trust God again.

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Kelly Bridgewater
I have read tons of romantic suspense novels, and I have a pretty good idea of how the mechanics of a novel works, especially in this genre. Ashley Dawn is a new author who I have never heard of, but the synopsis for her story Shadows from The Past sounded interesting and right up my alley, so I signed up for a copy. Not what I was expecting.

First, I do adore the cover for this book. Whoever Dawn hired to do the cover did a fabulous job. It fit the synopsis perfectly and gave a wonderful feel t
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Suzie Waltner
The concept of this book is intriguing, and I hoped for some good tension and suspense. While the bare bones were there, but the story needed quite a bit of development.

In fact, there were so many technical issues with this book, I was continually in critique mode and just could not get drawn into the story. There was a lot of past tense and telling in this one. And a ton of internal monologue that was the simply rehashing the same concepts over and over again (a good rule in writing – say it on
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Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
The synopsis of this book had me so excited to read it. I love solving mysteries, as well as reading thrilling novels. Unfortunately the book just sort of fell flat for me. I tried so hard to connect with the characters, but couldn't. I wanted there to be more thrills, more of a chase, more something. I almost can't put my finger on it to be honest.

Knowing how hard it is to write, and having been through the editing process, I understand how easy it is for an editor and author to overlook someth
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Maureen Timerman
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is the first book I have read by this author, and it kept me page turning, and once I began I finish in one day, it was that good!
The author quickly had me walking in LAPD officer Aurora Kavvan shoes, and you almost feel her guilt, but we find evil at work here.
What a journey you are about to begin, with seems like non-stop action, and most you will not see coming, or who is really involved here.
There is a bit of sweet romance, and a lot of loving friends and family, and most share a love o
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Avry15
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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..Joe had looked him in the eye and asked a simple question that had cleared everything up for him. It was actually a very simple question. He’d asked, “Do you believe that God is sovereign and knows what is best for His children?”

Jordan had been quick to answer yes and Joe had in his quiet way asked, “Then why do you wonder if you could have changed what was already God’s will? If God hadn’t wanted Lance to come home, to be with Him, then Lance would
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Amanda Stephan
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all who enjoy clean reads
Is it possible to change God's will?

Aurora watches in disbelief as a lone gunman fires at her beloved brother. Unable to help him, she sinks into a pit of despair and loneliness, turning her back on everyone that cares for her. Including God.

Faced with some tough questions, like is it okay to keep living, is she betraying the dead if she doesn't find his killer, and is it okay to love again when she feels so very unlovable, follow along as she manages to remember that God is the One Who is truly
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Becky
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Danger in the Shadows

PLEASE READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG: http://bookreadingtic.com/2018/09/20/... THANK YOU!


“…It is the price you pay for choosing to be a cop. Your brother’s life…”
Those words haunt her dreams, and her waking moments. LAPD officer, Aurora Kavvan cannot rest until she finds her brother's killer. Digging into the past always brings back unpleasant things: memories, guilt…the hit man. Now she is in a race against time to find the murderer before he finds her.

“Kill her. I don’t care
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Chautona Havig
While Shadows from the Past has a great premise and interesting characters (most of them, anyway), I just didn’t lose myself in the book like I hoped. In fact, a few problems made it difficult to read the book.

I want to say it again. This book has great potential. With a good editor (not necessarily proofreader—I found very few typos, considering), this book could be phenomenal. But there were several problems with the writing that made it difficult to plow through.

Info-dumps: there were lots of
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Deana Dick
It is not easy being a police officer and there is danger lurking everyday as they go out to protect us. Aurora is a tough woman determined to find out who killed her brother five years ago. I love her fierce strength and never give up attitude. When her life is in danger, her ex-fiance comes to protect her. I was a bit discouraged at how much the author focused on Aurora at times and didn't seem to solve any of her inner turmoil. I understand that her brother was murdered but I wanted more real ...more
MaryAnn Bell
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Synopsis: ..."It is the price you pay for choosing to be a cop. Your brother's life..." Those words haunt her dreams and her waking moments. LAPD officer, Aurora Kavvan cannot rest until she finds her brothers killer. Digging into the past always brings back unpleasant things: memories, guilt...the hitman. Now she is in a race against time to find the murderer before he finds her. Kill her. I dont care how, and I dont care where, but I want her dead now! Someone was trying to kill his dead partn ...more
Julia
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shadows From The Past by Ashley Dawn is a fabulous start to the Shadows series. It's a Christian murder suspense that will have you guessing.
There were many godly lessons and themes including the steadfastness of God and others. "You never gave up on me, even when I'd given up on myself."
In our times of grief we often blame ourselves, others and even God. "She wished she still had that close relationship with God, but He hadn't been there for her when she really needed Him." The truth is that G
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Patti Pierce
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the first book in the Shadow Series by Ashley Dawn. The premise of this book captured my imagination from the first reading about it. I have to say the book did not disappoint. I definitely wanted to read the entire book. I love Aurora’s fierce spirit of determination. I can not imagine being an undercover police officer and realizing my cover had been blown. Moreover, I can not imagine the anguish of knowing that my career choice put my only family member in harm’s way.

The interact
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Pam
I purchased copy of Shadows From the Past then agreed to review it for Celebrate Lit without realizing it was the same book. I purchased based on the description that made me think it was I book I would enjoy.

First of all, I understand that the author is fairly young and inexperienced when it comes to writing a book and I cannot expect her book to be on the same level as the more seasoned authors I follow. The premise of her story is excellent with an intriguing plot and good characters. However
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Donna C
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aurora is a LAPD officer and Jordan is an FBI agent. Aurora is haunted by the murder of her brother and now his killer has his sights set on her. From the first page to the last this book you will find yourself caught up the the mystery of who is after Aurora, and will they find them before anyone else gets hurt. You will also be pulling for Aurora and Jordan to realize that they are both still in love with each other.

This book has it all, mystery, friendship, love and a race against time. I lov
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Julie D.
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always love a good mystery, especially if it involves a policeman or detective. That was one reason why I chose to read this book. However, it was more a romance than a mystery, which I was surprised by.

I enjoyed the premise of the story and how dedicated to family that Aurora is. I also think the story line of her blaming God because of what happened to her brother was well done and very believable. I like that we see her struggling with her faith in a realistic way. Her guilt and self-blame
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Cheri Swalwell
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shadows from the Past (Book one of the Shadows Series) by Ashley Dawn was filled with action from the first page through the last. The suspense was palpable and as this is only the first in the series, we have more time to enjoy the characters we grew to love. While this book had a lot of suspense, action and even some humor, the spiritual struggles were real as well. They showed how Aurora worked through issues she has struggled with from a spiritual level, much like it takes years at times for ...more
Mary
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This suspenseful thriller offers an exciting story, but the novel would be more powerful and compelling with stronger writing. There is much introspection and repetition. Since the author likes share information. I wish she’d offered more details about the setting. The plot is familiar: two who used to be a couple in the past are forced to work together to protect one or both of them from dying.The characters make me want to like them, and I do, but they don’t invite an intimate emotional respon ...more
Tiffany Hall
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shadows From The Past

I love a good romantic suspense, and when the first sentence in a book catches me, I know it is usually going to be a good one. I am a little conflicted over what to say about this book. It started out really good with great action and suspense, but as the story went on, it seemed the romance overshadowed the suspense, causing me to kind of lose interest. I really enjoyed the characters, but it seemed the author spent a little too much time on the main character Aurora feeli
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Janice Sisemore
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Shadows from the past

Loved the mystery and suspense. Kept me wondering what was going to happen next.

Aurora’s brother was killed in front of her several years ago. Now the killer is back to haunt her again. She is a police officer and on a stakeout when the one is hired to kill her shows up. Besides the killing of her brother from the past her former fiancée comes back in her life to protect her. Aurora always blamed herself for her brother being killed. Will she ever overcome that? This is bo
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Katie
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intrigue, mystery, heart-pounding thrills, and redemption all weave together to provide a truly exciting start to a series I hope to complete. I love the humanity of Aurora showing her vulnerability, and yet her strength. I love how the author is able to weave in the thread of the Gospel in the precarious situations. I really thought the action and dialogue were clear, and I felt truly a part of it. The evil characters were truly evil, and the good characters were all together good though still ...more
Becky Dempsey
I had never heard of Ashley Dawn before, but the book blurb sounded intriguing. I found the book to be action packed and didn't figure out the mystery ahead of time. There were some things that bugged me about the book, however. It would jump from one person's point of view to another from one paragraph to another. It was difficult at times to know who we were following at the moment. There were also grammar issues that wouldn't have gotten caught by a spell checker since they were correctly spe ...more
Cara
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book did a great job at keeping the identity of one of the bad guys a secret until the end. The curiosity of who it would be kept me reading as fast as I could. This book spent quite a bit of time focusing on the relationship between the main character Aurora and her ex-fiance Jordan and because of that was not as suspenseful as I anticipated. While I can appreciate a good love story, this book was a bit cheesy for my taste.

The author switched from character to character rather abruptly thr
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Debbie
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I am going to say right up front I loved reading this book and I wanted to keep reading after the last page. "Shadows From The Past " by Ashley Dawn is the first book in the "Shadows" Series. I have added the other three to my to be read list.
If you like who-done-it stories, then you will like this book. This book had me guessing till the very one.
This book is of the Christian genre but I think readers of suspense will like this book and it is also a clean love story.

This story is one that s
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Bree
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fast paced and fun suspense novel to read. I really like Aurora and Jordan. They are both trying to find the killer of Aurora's brother but this is not with out risks. The killer is out there, hunting and ready to attack. Aurora is certain she can do this with just her training but Jordan adds this level of kick booty that makes the story move fast. There were great scenes that were just built to come to life in the reader's mind, the chemistry between these two was believable and the story li ...more
Michelle
Shadows from the Past is a Christian mystery and suspense novel that will keep you reading way past bedtime. It’s written by author Ashley Dawn.

This novel opens with the excitement of a well-planned robbery. Aurora Kavvan is an undercover cop and her life is in danger, along with her brother’s life. The reader soon learns the robbery is only a dream.

If the reader is looking for action, murder, suspense, and a bit of romance this is a great book to read. I had never read a book by this author and
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Carol Keen
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you take a chance on a book and find you got one you really like. This is one of those cases. I liked the overall action and mystery of the story. I felt for Jordan, rather deeply and I came to like Rorie just fine. Sure some of it seemed obvious to me and some places were kinda repetitive, however, that's realistic to an extent as well. I liked watching Jordan's strong faith and watching Aurora's faith change and grow. I enjoyed this book and I'm going to be reading at least two more ...more
Betti
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For one who normally reads historical fiction, this book could get me to change my mind...at least some of the time. This is definitely a page-turner, nail-biting type of story which I enjoyed very much. Aurora is undercover with the LAPD, working to bring down a drug lord. When her brother is shot and killed, and it seems to be related to her work, she blames herself for his death. The guilt burrows deep into her life affecting relationships with those she loves. Only with forgiveness can she l ...more
Jennifer  J.
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Filled with tension, suspense, emotion and good character interaction. This story, from a new to me author, is genuinely riveting while successfully pulling you in and holding fast through myriad dangers, romantic twists, turns and lots of drama. Bad guys aplenty and the good guys who work hard to bring them to justice! An enjoyable read, recommended!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book. A favorable review was not required, no compensation was received, and all views expresse
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Virginia Winfield
This was a wonderful suspenseful story. I loved the timing of Aurora and Jordan. They were wonderful characters. There was so much suspense and intrigue throughout this story. I did not want to put this book down. I look forward to many more books in this series that will hopefully feature Jordan’s family members. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
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