mini book review: standoff (+life update)

The Natchez Trace National Parkway stretches 444 miles from Nashville to Natchez, the oldest town on the Mississippi River. It’s the perfect road for a relaxed pleasure drive. Unfortunately for Luke Fereday, it’s also perfect for moving drugs.

Sent to Natchez to infiltrate the organization at the center of the drug ring, Luke arrives too late to a stakeout and discovers the body of his friend, park ranger John Danvers. John’s daughter Brooke is determined to investigate her father’s murder but soon finds herself the target of a killer who will do anything to silence her.

Luke will have his hands full keeping her safe. But who’s going to keep him safe when he realizes he’s falling – hard – for the daughter of the man he failed to save?

I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I found the mystery intriguing (though the big reveal of who the villain was fell flat for me—there was someone else who I thought it should’ve been). I liked the setting, though it was cool, and the scenes where Luke was doing undercover were appropriately tense and also entertaining (to see how he handled different situations). Also, I found Brooke to be a pretty good heroine—she was forthright and a little tough without being over the top.

All that being said, the thing that really brought the book’s rating down was the romance. *face palm* It was typical Christian romance fare, with blushing and flushing and noticing the smell of her shampoo. *weeps* It was pretty cliched and predictable and frustrating.

Still, Standoff does have its moments of suspense and excitement. If you’re a fan of contemporary Christian adventure/romance/thriller novels, then you’ll probably enjoy this book! I would have enjoyed it more, had the romance been different (or not present at all :P).


So…about that life update.

The last post I wrote was written juuuuust before coronavirus blew up the world. A few things changed in my life because of the virus: church was/is different (duh), I lost my job (I have it back now, thank God), the library shut down (it’s still shut), and I went through some pretty intense spiritual/emotional stuff (still going through things, tbh, but God is good). It’s been a messy time of my life, for sure.

I’m still writing/editing Flicker, though not with as much discipline as I would like. I’ve been reading some books and watching episodes of The Apprentice. (It’s addictive, you guys.) I haven’t been as consistent with my devotions or chores either (yes, I’m past twenty-one, yes, I still have chores around the house—mostly self-imposed though). Cooking has been a big thing in my life. I love it. Been making a lot of stir fries.

(My sister made this meme for me.)

OH. I got bangs! Quarantine bangs. *laughs*

Stuff keeping me sane (besides Jesus):

-doing Bible studies with my assistant pastor’s wife


-phone calls


-enjoying the warmer weather and Alberta’s glorious skies

-cooking, cooking, and more cooking

-I don’t know?

-I’m pretty crazy?


-oh, also writing poems

-and the em dash

To be honest, I don’t know how much of the old style of blog posts I’ll be putting out. (Wow, that was awkwardly worded.) I can’t see myself getting too excited and fangirly about fictional stuff these days. *shrugs* If I’m not fangirling about books and movies, are there any posts y’all would like to see? Writing updates? Life updates? (Of my rather same old, same old life.) Poetry? Photos? Faith-related stuff? Random book reviews of whatever I’ve been reading lately? Please let me know because just writing this blog post has been so good. ❤

I do have a possible blog post idea about Mrs. Bennet (of all people) that you might see sometime soonish?

Please let me know how you all are doing! Any prayer requests? Let me know in the comments. *hugs virtually because all other hugs are forbidden right now except those with your family or cohort family—which is saddening but also sometimes people don’t follow the rules?* *smirks* *runs away from police*