Who do you listen to when every word might be a lie?
Brought up in a strict religion in the small town of Smoke River, Washington, 19-year-old Chloe Montoya has seen the leaders she trusted disgraced and watched helplessly as her best friends rejected their faith. When radio evangelist Luke Fisher is invited to headquarter his ministry in town, Chloe is drawn to him. Against her church’s will, she joins the staff at the station as bookkeeper and, while she’s totally behind Luke’s vision for the community, she begins to realize that under the message is a sound that frightens her …
Fresh out of the state police academy and assigned to the Organized Crime Task Force, Ray Harper is sent to Smoke River to investigate an underground church that seems to attract the criminal and the predatory. What he finds is a town prospering in its religious fervor—and a dark-haired, dark-eyed innocent who he’d bet his first year’s salary has never been kissed.
Ray has no use for religion. She’s forbidden even to speak to him. But Luke Fisher’s growing power threatens what they both love—and sometimes you have to listen to someone … and hope that they hear you …
“[The Sound of Your Voice] grabbed me on page one. I couldn’t put it down. A great read for a rainy day or any day.” Lyn Cote
[Senft] (Pocketful of Pearls) sets this inspirational chick lit mystery in a small Washington town, in the middle of a sort of Christian cult. [She] keeps this light story moving. The plot is somewhat predictable but enjoyable, and if there’s a (compulsory) conversion, readers will appreciate that things are a little topsy-turvy, with spiritual insights coming from unexpected places. Publishers Weekly, copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
“[Chloe] is tired. Tired of letting others dictate where she lives. Tired of wearing black—even down to her pajamas, which are black flannel. [Senft] gradually lets [Chloe] come to grips with her disillusionment about her legalistic religion, while still keeping the core of her faith. Through [Chloe], [Senft] does a great job showing the perils of religion as practiced by those who love power and control, rather than embracing the true freedom of faith.” Cindy Crosby, Book Reporter
“We’re told today’s heroine should be a kicker type. But you don’t need to be Angelina-with-a-semi-automatic to be strong. It takes more strength to rethink everything that forms the framework of your life; to truly turn the magnifying glass on your own soul, to find yourself wanting, to change as you must—to survive. If you like a heroine like this, who must revamp everything she has ever been taught, about love, faith, and her place in life, [Chloe] Montoya is tailor made for you.” Deb Kinnard