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Publisher's Note:

Natchez Trace Ranger and historian Emma Winters hoped never to see Sam Ryker again after she broke off her engagement to him. But when shots are fired at her at a historical landmark just off the Natchez Trace, she's forced to work alongside Sam as the Natchez Trace law enforcement district ranger in the ensuing investigation. To complicate matters, Emma has acquired a delusional secret admirer who is determined to have her as his own. Sam is merely an obstruction, one which must be removed. Sam knows that he has failed Emma in the past and he doesn't intend to let her down again. Especially since her life is on the line. As the threads of the investigation cross and tangle with their own personal history, Sam and Emma have a chance to discover the truth, not only about the victim but about what went wrong in their relationship.…


by Patricia Bradley

Overall Book Review:

Obsession continues the Natchez Trace Park Rangers Series by Patricia Bradley.  Although there is no direct need to read the previous book, it would be advised so that the references to it do not give things away if you choose to read it.  This book has all of the classic elements of a suspense/romance novel.  Uncertainty about who is causing the problems abound.  Readers won’t know who they can trust for sure.

The main character Emma Winters struggles to understand why she has difficulty with relationships and trust.  In some ways, her personal challenges seem to affect her ability to do her job effectively.  The concept of having someone who serves as a ranger who focuses on historic information is intriguing.

Reading this won’t take too long and there are some disturbing glimpses into the mind of a mentally impaired individual.  It is eye opening and peril lurks at every turn.  This is not a leisure read, but will keep readers thinking and wondering “what if”.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Revell

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None 

Violence/Gore:  Several scenes in which shots are fired at people, some mention blood and involve fatalities; a character finds evidence that a human body was in a certain location; a character recalls murdering multiple individuals; a child recalls being whipped with a belt by an inebriated father; a person drugs someone; a kidnapping takes place.

Sex/Nudity:  Non-married characters kiss and embrace.

Mature Subject Matter:

Murder of close family members, stalking.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Characters recall using marijuana and drinking a lot; a character is addicted to pain medication.

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I primarily read fiction from all genres. I have six children and many happy hours have been spent reading together. I also love quilting, hiking, and camping.