One of the words that has been resonating with me during these challenging days is hope. Amazingly, that is a theme throughout Natalie Walters‘ most recent novel Silent Shadows. In the story, Pecca Gallegos and Colton Crawford are held captive by their pasts, but when Pecca’s life is threatened, breaking those chains may be the only way to keep her alive.

Pecca is a nurse at a rehabilitation center for Veterans in Walton, Georgia. She loves her job and her ornery patients in D-wing. Coming to Walton was her way of escaping the danger she and her son faced when the boy’s father went to prison. Now that past has caught up to her.

Facing his last chance at answers, Colton comes to the rehabilitation center to find healing from the movement disorder that his ruining his life. First it cost him his career in the Army, now it might keep him from the future he’d always imagined. But when he stumbles on Pecca’s son, the seeds of hope are planted.

I love Natalie Walter’s writing. She’s pulls readers into the story and brings the characters to life. I especially loved the old guys in D-wing. I liked Colton, too, even if I wanted to give him a kick in the pants to stop wallowing. But then, isn’t that the point? We can’t force someone to escape their demons. They have to find the way out for themselves. We can only stay by them until they do.

Silent Shadows is the third and final book in the Harbored Secrets series. It is a wonderful wrap up to a crew of fantastic characters. I missed Ryan from the second book, but enjoyed seeing so much of Lane from the first book. However, you don’t need to read either story to fully appreciate Silent Shadows. Then again, with such great characters, I highly recommend starting from the beginning. It will make Silent Shadows‘ ending that much more satisfying.

I received this book free from the author and Revell Publishing in order to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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