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In His Hands

(Blank Canvas #3)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  447 ratings  ·  95 reviews
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He is Her Salvation

Abby Merkley has been a member of the Church of the Apocalyptic Faith since she was a child, and there's no way out―except death. She will fight the odds to survive, but there's no one in the world she can trust, nowhere she can run that the cult can't find her...until her handsome, brooding n
Mass Market Paperback, 401 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Adriana Anders Fans, Romance
4 Finding Your Home Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free
Never let it be said that Adriana Anders tackles easy story lines. She doesn't. Anders takes on complex multi layered ideas and brings them to life. She has a way of weaving current cultural issues like spousal abuse, MC violence and now with this 3rd addition to her Blank Canvas Series, the corruption and abuse of cults pretending to be religions.

In His Hands
takes place in Blackwood, the same small town where all the other books have...and we are
Marta Cox
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
Two very different characters collide in this evocative and passionate romance. We have Luc, lonely and closed off desperate to bring his precious vines to life and fruition. He has walked away from his home and family and now feels he needs no one . Into his well ordered existence comes Abby, a prisoner of the religious cult that own the land next to Luc's home and burgeoning vineyard. It's simple in Abby's eyes she will help work with Luc and in return he will pay her meaning she and a boy who ...more
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
"Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review"
This is my first book by this author and overall, I loved the romantic plotline and the somewhat lyrical writing style.
I loved the way the author wrote this hero, especially in the beginning: a grumpy Frenchman who is “too gruff, too straightforward, all matter-of-fact with no frills”. The way he sees himself (“I’m not good at being normal/at communication”) and the way the heroine feels attracted to this silent man who grows grape v
Sarah Wayne
In His Hands by Adriana Anders is the 3rd book in her Blank Canvas series and the second book I've read by this author. I keep looking at this author's bio in Goodreads thinking I must be missing something because it only shows three books. How in the world is it possible that Adriana Anders has only written 3 books?? An author this good is supposed to have at least twenty books under their belt with many on the bestselling lists and blogs and conferences tolling on and on about her work and how ...more
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Three books into the Blank Canvas series and I'm still loving it. Anders writes heartbreaking and sometimes dark plots for the couples to overcome. In His Hands, has me spitting mad most of the time. I'm so glad that Abby got out from under that whack job cult church and found a HEA with Luc. I also love that the evil leaders of the cult were taken down without any innocents being hurt in the process.

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Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
In His Hands starts out very S-L-O-W, a lot slower than the first book, Under Her Skin. And because of the lack of speed, it didn’t grab my attention right away. It covers a very difficult subject matter and Anders paints the story with vivid strokes, feeding the reader only a piece of information at a time. But she does it brilliantly. She is a gifted writer—a storyteller. There are multiple layers and a complexity that needed to be portrayed in the slow manner it was presented.
Abby Merkle
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
What an intense read! This sort of reminded me of the movie "The Village" by M. Night Shyamalan. Abby is in a cult like church where the leader does not believe in outside influences. No doctors, no medicine, what happens is the will of God. They are all on a piece of land in the mountains and locked behind a prison like fencing.

The problem is Abby isn't willing to just follow along. Sammy is a boy with Down Syndrome who has seizures. No one will help him and Abby is determined to get a job so
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This sharply emotional story brings to stark life the pain and loneliness felt by Luc and Abby from opposite sides of the fence separating his farm from Abby's religious cult's compound. I wasn't prepared for Abby's brutal and bleak existence, or the extent of Luc's self-imposed exile. But most of all, I wasn't prepared for the deep emotional and physical depths Luc and Abby had to traverse just to find peace.

At first, the pacing of the book was almost excruciatingly slow and I toyed with skipp
Blodeuedd Finland
I was reading a cult book at the same time as I listened to this one. I did wonder at times who was it who had eaten dirt in a cellar, oh the other cult book. Cults are scary, I will tell you that.

Abby grew up in a cult. She was married too young to an old man. Her mother blindly follows the faith and honors her husband, the leader. But Abby wants to leave, she wants more. She does not want this miserable existence. She is naive, but that makes sense since she lives in this sheltered backwards p
This read was different than the usual New Adult romance I tend to find myself picking up. I am drawn to characters with baggage and difficult pasts they have to overcome and I hadn't read a religious cult one yet. It definitley had a different feel to the whole story, almost an innocence so huge it was hard to wrap my brain around since the members of the cult were so isolated. I don't know if I have a feeling either way towards this "genre" but it was interesting for sure!

Abby was a very stron
Adriana Anders is on my must watch list: an author who carefully brings serious and topical elements into her stories, while making readers long for more: more for her characters, more story, more moments. In the third book from her blank canvas series, she brings us yet another set of characters who have tried to move past their insecurities and make new paths for themselves. Easily read in any order: the series name of Blank Canvas truly defines the connections and romance for the characters – ...more
Meghan V
Sep 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
I just couldn't get past my distaste of the treatment of the heroine's past. I did not finish this book. I have read and adored the first 2 in this series.

I like to think myself an open minded person but that was tested in this book. "In His Hands" starts, as in all of the authors books, with main characters in varying degrees of trauma. As in the first two books of this series, this opened with a relationship helping the characters heal by opening themselves up and connecting with another human
Madeline Iva
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The menace level in the Blank Canvas series is taken up another notch--but this time the enemy is a religious cult. Adriana Anders builds her series up and then burns it all down to the ground again with this third book -- I won't say any more, but with prose that you just sink into, I'm looking forward to more of her work in the future!
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars - 3 Flames

Ok you guys. I'm just not sure how I feel about this one. Did I enjoy it? At times. But I'm not gonna lie. I spent a lot of time skimming the beginning due to the set up. Don't get me wrong. It's not the writing that I struggled with. It was the story line. Mainly, the "Church/Cult" theme. I mean, it worked in terms of bringing these two together,'s hard to explain without sounding put off.

Luc is French. Not just French. He's from the Bordeaux region, stemmin
Anne - Books of My Heart

This author / narrator combo has grasped me again and won't let go. The classification may be contemporary romance but it feels like romantic suspense. I am in tense limbo the entire time I listen. Or heck, when I am not listening. I keep waiting for the bad guys to be .... bad. My head plays every worst case scenario. In His Hands is especially emotional since there is a cult "church" involved which is a real trigger for me. I dislike people using religious beliefs to be unk
C bond
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it

A well written excellent read.
I have a lot I could say about this one. Much of it involves rants concerning TSTL moments. I didn't hate it as much as the 1 star suggests but can't rate it higher. I'm so far behind on reviews, I'm just going to let the star stand for itself.
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
(This review was copied from my romance novel review blog:

Author Adriana Anders is a force to be reckoned with. I don’t think there’s a romance novel out there that has moved me as much as those in her Blank Canvas series. Every novel rips a hole in my chest that is so deep and painful I wonder if I’ll ever feel whole again, but thankfully Ms. Anders knows how to write an ending so full of love and warmth that you forget the pain and are more than willin
Ruthie Taylor
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the third book in the series - and has a few links, but it is not essential to have read the previous books. That said, these three books are amazing reads and whilst not easy, are beautifully written, and definitely life-affirming.

Ms Anders is a very talented author, and once again has written a beautiful story born out of a terrible situation. There is so much more to this book than a simple romance - Luc is a
This book was a first read for me by this author. It was slow, especially for the 1st 30-40% and very long. A lot could have been condensed, for instance, there was way too much detail on how to grow grapes and trim the vines. That part really was starting to bore me.

Reading cult books are ones I don't read often. I guess I have to make sure I'm in the right mindset since they are so different from what I'm used to reading. Luc was mysterious and I understand why Abbie was naïve in almost everyt
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve really enjoyed the Blank Canvas series. Each is unique and features unusual characters. This third one is no different, with Abby, a woman struggling to understand the outside world and escape from a cult she’s known most of her life, and Luc, a self-exiled French winemaker living just down the mountain from the cult. Both walk a dangerous road with Armageddon threatening to explode down on them from the crazy cult leader Isaiah. Abby and Luc find each other, and find the strength to do mor ...more
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it and want more from this author!
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Again, not as good as book one in the series, but still enjoyable. Do not read this book if you are very religious though!
Martha Hix
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adriana has quickly become one of my favorite authors. I love the way she writes!
Jan 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Dear book,

It's not you. It's me. I just don't have it in me right now to read about this kind of trauma.

Maybe another time.

Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Doomsday cult? Check.
French hero with a vineyard who speaks mostly in grunts? Check.
Snowed in situation? Check!

Equal parts sexy and bananas.
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG, I love this series. Abby's desire to be more than what the Church forced her to be got to me. The way she flowered under Luc's rough regard and slowly experienced the things she'd been denied made me giddy. While the frame of time they knew one another was relatively short, it felt right. Both Abby and Luc were ripe for change and they pushed one another toward that change with ease.

Also, I adore gruff, grumpy heroes who have a hard time connecting with people. Heck, I also adored women who
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book! I highly recommend this!
Michelle [Helen Geek]
May 2017 -- 4 Stars

This book was a bit different. You have an exiled Frenchman [Luc] who is in the US to grow grapes and make wine. Wine making is something he learned as a child in the Bordeaux region of France under the tutelage of his grandfather.

Then we have an apoplectic religious sect living next to our Frenchman. The heroine, Abby, was caring, naive, and innocently courageous. Together, these two were interesting.

The story had a dark element in the prophet leading our religious sect.

Heather andrews
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was an emotional read but Luc was so sweet, “you missed me, Abby? Did you? Because I could not stop thinking of you. Every day. Every effing minute.” I liked this book.
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Adriana Anders is author of the Survival Instincts, Love at Last, and Blank Canvas series. Her debut, Under Her Skin, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2017 and double recipient of the HOLT Medallion award, and Loving the Secret Billionaire was a Romance Writers of America 2019 Rita® Award Finalist. Her books have been featured in Entertainment Weekly, Oprah Mag, Bustle, USA Today Happy Ever Af ...more

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