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Desperate Measures (Port Aster Secrets V3) [Paperback]

By Sandra Orchard (Author)
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Item description for Desperate Measures (Port Aster Secrets V3) by Sandra Orchard...

Overview
Researcher Kate Adams has finally pinpointed the medicinal plant responsible for tearing her family apart. She's certain that discovering its secrets is her only hope of solving the mystery surrounding the disappearance of her father. Kate will risk anything to find the truth--even her budding relationship with Detective Tom Parker. But more people than she can fathom are after the plants and going it alone just might prove to be a fatal mistake.

Award-winning author Sandra Orchard pulls out all the stops in this breakneck and breathtaking conclusion to the Port Aster series. Fans will not be disappointed by the surprises they find inside.

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Researcher Kate Adams has finally pinpointed the medicinal plant responsible for tearing her family apart. She's certain that discovering its secrets is her only hope of solving the mystery surrounding the disappearance of her father. Kate will risk anything to find the truth--even her budding relationship with Detective Tom Parker. But more people than she can fathom are after the plants and going it alone just might prove to be a fatal mistake.
Award-winning author Sandra Orchard pulls out all the stops in this breakneck and breathtaking conclusion to the Port Aster series. Fans will not be disappointed by the surprises they find inside.

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Pages   361
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.6" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2015
Series  Port Aster Secrets  
Series Number  3  
ISBN  0800722248  
ISBN13  9780800722241  


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Publishers description for Desperate Measures (Port Aster Secrets V3)...


Researcher Kate Adams has finally pinpointed the medicinal plant responsible for tearing her family apart. She's certain that discovering its secrets is her only hope of solving the mystery surrounding the disappearance of her father. Kate will risk anything to find the truth--even her budding relationship with Detective Tom Parker. But more people than she can fathom are after the plants and going it alone just might prove to be a fatal mistake.
Award-winning author Sandra Orchard pulls out all the stops in this breakneck and breathtaking conclusion to the Port Aster series. Fans will not be disappointed by the surprises they find inside.


More About Sandra Orchard

Sandra Orchard is the award-winning author of several books, including A Fool and His Monet, Another Day, Another Dali, and the Port Aster Secrets series. The winner of six Canadian Christian Writing Awards and a Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, Sandra has also received a HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, a National Readers' Choice Award, and a Daphne du Maurier Award. She lives in Ontario, Canada. Learn more at www.sandraorchard.com.
Sandra Orchard has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Port Aster Secrets
  2. Serena Jones Mysteries


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2Christian Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective
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Review from Rambles of a SAHM  Jul 27, 2015
The sign of a good mystery is when you are absolutely positive you know the answer and then get to the end and say, "What . . . I never expected that!" Those were my feelings on Desperate Measures. I'm not going to say much about the story line so you won't know what the mystery was, but it was a good one. I was completely lead astray. I feel like I should apologize to several of the characters because I judged them so harshly.

This series has taken a long time to wrap up (first book came out in June 2013) but it has been worth it. I enjoyed the lead character Kate Adams and found her job as a researcher to be fascinating. With the first book Deadly Devotion, I wasn't too taken with Detective Tom Parker, but he sure has grown on me.

I would say that technically you could read Desperate Measures as a stand alone mystery. But why would you cheat yourself of the pleasure of the building suspense? I would recommend that you read the whole series starting with Deadly Devotion and then dive in to Blind Trust and finally rap it all up in Desperate Measures. Now that all three books are out I am completely jealous of those of you that get to read them in closer succession. I think you are in for a real treat.

I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
 
Great book, should be read in order.  Jun 30, 2015
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*My Thoughts*
Okay. Shoot me but I'm not a HUGE fan of mystery/suspense. I do enjoy it but historical novels are more my thing. I guess I'm a little mixed since NCIS and When Calls the Heart are my favorite t.v shows. Anyways, my point is, I did enjoy this one.
The characters relationship was pretty great through all the ups and downs but I struggled. You may have read that this is book 3 of the trilogy. Usually, I have no problem picking up book three without reading the other books. This one I did. It's not that it's impossible but it definitely is a whole lot easier to read the others first. I feel like I would be a lot more up to date on Tom and Kate's relationship had I done that.

On the cover, Kate looks extremely suspicious. She is. Throughout the book she struggles with who she can trust and has to be reminded that God has her wherever she is. I had the same feelings as she and that made the mystery so much more real to me.

All that being said, I hope to read more of Sandra's work, next time in order. I have a distinct feeling she'll blow my mind!
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*My overall thoughts*
Desperate Measures by Sandra Orchard is a book featuring Tom and Kate and packed with mystery!! Throughout the night I had to tell myself to put it down. When I finished I was looking for books 1 & 2
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*My Rating*

I give Desperate Measures by Sandra Orchard...

4 stars!!
*I received this book from the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. All thoughts were my own and I was not compensated in any other way.

http://bookreviewsforchristians.blogspot.com/2015/06/revell-review-desperate-measures-by.html
 
Danger abounds for Kate & Tom...   Jun 25, 2015
A thrilling conclusion to a great suspense series! I have been looking forward to Desperate Measures since I turned the last page of Blind Trust, the hardest part was WAITING for it to come out. Just when I thought I had figured out exactly who was guilty and who was innocent Sandra Orchard would throw me another curveball. There were more twists and turns in this book than in a Chutes & Ladders game!

I really got into the story and sometimes just wanted to shake some sense in Kate and Tom. They kept hiding things from each other and I just wanted to yell “No, no, you need to talk to each other!” The characters felt like friends and I was sorry to say goodbye to them when I turned that last page. I can't wait to see what Sandra Orchard will be working on next.

Desperate Measures is an enjoyable read for any fan of Christian romantic suspense and is a must read for this summer!

(I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are enirely my own.)
 
Great close to a series...  Jun 22, 2015
SUMMARY:
As the third installment of the Port Astor Secrets series, Desperate Measures follows closely upon the end of book 2, Blind Trust. Science researcher, Kate Adams, is searching for the medicinal plant which she must keep a secret. Along with a father who has been missing for over twenty years, an unsolved mystery, a murder waiting to happen and an interested suitor, Sandra Orchard delivers suspense, romance and intrigue in a successful manner…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
As the conclusion to the Port Astor Secrets series, I enjoyed this mystery novel. Having read this series in succession, I would definitely recommend reading the books in order. I appreciated the consistency of the characters throughout the series but also the connection I felt to the main characters, having followed them for a time. With an interesting storyline revolving plants, a one-sided romance, broken family dynamics and a good spine-chilling, this book was definitely worth the time. I look forward to the next series, hopefully soon.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Desperate Measures from Revell Publishing for my honest review*
 
Kept Me Guessing!  Jun 21, 2015
Desperate Measures is the third and final book in the Port Aster Secrets series. I have enjoyed all three books, but I think that this one was my favorite. I felt that the story lines that flowed through all the books were tied up very nicely in this novel.

Once again, Kate Adams is unsure about who can be trusted. Leaning more on herself than on God or the man who loves her, Kate finds herself in some scary situations. The author really did a great job of keeping me guessing. I didn’t know who Kate should trust either!

I really enjoyed the growing romance between Kate Adams and Detective Tom Parker. Their relationship has evolved throughout the three books. It has hit rough patches and that is pretty much where they are at when Desperate Measures begins. I really liked Tom. Watching him persevere and seeing his dedication to Kate in these books was great!

This was a fun series. I definitely recommend it to readers who enjoy romantic suspense.

My thanks to Revell for the complimentary copy of this book that I received in exchange for an honest review.
 
Tom is my new book hero crush  Jun 21, 2015
This was an amazing and awesome read. The suspense started from page one and did not let up. The writing was excellent and the characters really walked off the page. Speaking of characters, I really liked Tom. He was such a standup guy and was so in love with Kate. Kate has a really hard time trusting and sometimes it was a frustrating part of her character. Especially since Tom was the one she tried the hardest not to trust. However, when it was all said and done he was the only one she knew she could trust. This is a third in the series and the first one I have read, both by author Sandra Orchard and in the Port Aster series. Ms. Orchard’s writing was such that I was able to read the last book in the series and not be lost. With that being said though, I am going to go back to read the first two and see what I have missed and I would like to see from the beginning the characters development and how the relationships evolved. I thank Revell Publishing for sending me a copy for an honest review. The opinions are my own and I look forward to reading more by Sandra Orchard.
 
An exciting conclusion to an exciting series!   Jun 20, 2015
Desperate Measures is an exciting conclusion to an exciting series! This is the third and final book in the Port Aster Secrets series, and I definitely recommend reading the first two books, Deadly Devotion and Blind Trust, prior to reading this one. The drama, intrigue, and romance are ongoing through this series and continue to build with each novel.

While lingering questions were answered, Desperate Measures continued to surprise me with its twists and turns. I have really enjoyed the characters in this series, as well as the unique plots. The research and use of plants and herbal medicine was very interesting! Sandra Orchard writes with depth and detail, and I appreciate her complex story lines that keep me turning the pages. I enjoyed this great series and look forward to more stories from this talented author!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate the opportunity to read this story and share my honest opinion.
 
Kate is back and ready to finish this  Jun 18, 2015
Received Desperate Measures, the third in the Port Aster Series by Sandra Orchard on Friday and couldn't wait to start reading.

This is an exciting series starring Kate Adams, botanist and part time crime solver and the man of her dreams, Tom Parker, whom betrayed her and whom she thinks she wants nothing to do with.

The story opens with Kate taking care of her plants, the infamous amendoso plants that had taken her father from her once more. She hopes that no one discovers this well hidden greenhouse in her fruit cellar. What is so special about these plants that GPC would do anything to get their hands on them? She can't help but think of the series events that have brought her to this place, and feeling abandoned by God. Why did he bring her dad back into her life, only to take him away almost immediately? Why had dear, sweet, God living Daisy have to be murdered? Why would a pharmaceutical company burn down a remote village in Columbia for the plant?

Patti, Kate's assistant in the lab shows up ready to help Kate paint, but then falls down the stairs breaking her leg, and the mystery begins. Had she really been going to turn off the light as she stated or was she in fact sneaking around to see what was in the basement, and had she found anything before the fall? And if she was snooping, to whom would she be reporting? Is her cohort the mayor's son?

What do an abandoned property, a missing teen and a beady eyed 'bad guy' have to do with each other? And whom can Kate trust? Whom is poisoning Patti? And is it really Patti or was it intended for Kate? At times they each look so guilty, and their actions add to her suspicions. At other times, she seems so far off the mark.

Can she trust Tom Parker? She is drawn to him, but so afraid to trust him.

Pick this book up today and you won't be able to put it down. I had started it early evening planning to read only a few chapters, but could not put it down so read into the early morning hours, until I had finished it. You've been warned. It is that good. Try it today for yourself and see if you don't agree. Bonus: Sandra Orchard is a Canadian author and I for one love to read authors from my country.

Thank you Sandra Orchard and Revell books for the opportunity to read this book. Loved the series. Can't wait to see what you bring out next.
 
The exciting conclusion to a fantastic series!  Jun 15, 2015
I have absolutely loved the main characters throughout this series. Kate and Tom are so incredibly well written. They both have a lot of past hurts that keep rearing their ugly heads and causing both of them trouble. Most of their problems are in the form of not knowing who to trust and how to relate to each other to help build trust. There is also an ongoing struggle with trying to trust God. This is definitely an area where they both need to grow and it great to follow along as they work on it.

There are a number of additional characters that show up in this book that either haven’t been there at all in the previous books or else they only received a brief mention before. The pool of secondary characters becomes even cloudier as the story progresses as to who are good guys and who are bad guys. This made for a very enjoyable read as I HAD to find out the truth. I wanted so badly for Kate and Tom to be safe and achieve the happily-ever-after that I felt they deserved after all the danger they had gone through.

I received a free eBook copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
 

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