Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Mountains Bow Down

The Mountains Bow Down (A Raleigh Harmon Novel)Author: Sibella Giorello
ISBN: 978-1-59554-535-0
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Purchase Link: The Mountains Bow Down
Source: Litfuse Publicity

Everything's going to work out. Time away always makes things better . . .

That's what FBI Special Agent Raleigh Harmon believes as she boards a cruise to Alaska. A land of mountains and gems and minerals, the Last Frontier is a dream destination for this forensic geologist who's hoping to leave behind a hectic work schedule and an engagement drained of romance.

But when a passenger goes missing and winds up dead, Raleigh's vacation suddenly gets lost at sea. The ship's security chief tries to rule the death a suicide, but Raleigh's forensics background points to a much darker conclusion: Somewhere onboard, a ruthless murderer walks free.

Engulfed by one of her toughest cases yet, Raleigh requests assistance from the FBI and receives her nemesis-handsome Special Agent Jack Stephanson. As the cruise ship sails through the Inside Passage, Raleigh has five days to solve a high-profile murder, provide consultation for a movie filming onboard, and figure out her increasingly complicated feelings for Jack-who might not be as arrogant as she originally thought.

And that's only her work life. Family offers even more challenges. Joined on the cruise by her mother and aunt, Raleigh watches helplessly as disturbing rifts splinter her family.

Like the scenery that surrounds the cruise ship, Raleigh discovers a mystery so daunting that even the mountains might bow down before it.

Wow! If you thought the synopsis wasn’t intriguing enough, you should try reading the story. The book is full of mystery, drama, romance and other tidbits that make this book anything but dull. The writing style of this novel keeps the reader moving effortlessly through the pages while the story captures your attention, keeping you hooked until the end. The characters are well developed, the setting a beautiful back drop to this intriguing story.

Though parts of the story were easier for me to figure out, it didn’t deter me from reading on to find out how the story is executed and played out. The romance in this novel is full of tension between the two characters which works well for this novel. The Christian viewpoint in this book is very relaxed. It is not a novel that will throw beliefs into every other line of the story, nor would that have worked given the complexity of the storyline. Instead, the novel reminds the reader of God’s presence, the characters faith or struggles are evident and the novel leaves room for those who may not have strong beliefs to enjoy a good, decent and clean read without being overwhelmed. In short, this novel is one of the more decently written novels of its genre.

Overall, a well written storyline, interesting concept, established plot and entertaining characters make this story a great one to sink into on a rainy day! If you have a visual mind you’ll enjoy the backdrop of this novel, as it paints a picture of beauty amidst its chaos and mystery.

About the Author:
Sibella now makes her home in the mountains just outside of Seattle. When she's not writing break-neck stories of heart and thrill, she can be found running the forested trails near her home and spending time with her favorite people, her husband and two sons. She is currently working on Book 5 in the Raleigh Harmon series, The Stars Shine Bright, available in 2012.



  1. I saw this book and thought it sounded good. Thanks for the review. I'm adding it to my to read list. :)

  2. I'm glad you liked this book. Sibella is one of my favorite authors and if you haven't read any of her previous books, you must watch for them!

  3. There are very few things in life as wonderful as cozy reading -- except maybe hearing such lovely words from a cozy reader review! Thank you so much for reading "The Mountains Bow Down," and for sharing your thoughts. I am deeply grateful.

    Sibella Giorello


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