by Elizabeth Goddard is the second in the series about the
McKade brothers. This action packed romantic suspense delves
into family, friendships, second chances, and personal growth,
with many twists and turns.
The plot begins with Harper Reynolds, who is attempting to
heal her mind and soul by photographing nature scenes instead
of crime scenes. Unfortunately for her, as she is taking telephoto
pictures of a Grizzly Bear, she inadvertently captures a murder
being committed in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
“I wrote the Grizzly Bear scene from a personal experience
as I was researching for this book in Yellowstone. A Grizzly
Bear came out, while the rangers were pushing people back
to keep everyone safe. As with Harper, the bear was pretty
far away, but with a telephoto lens, he was brought closer.”
The hero, Heath McKade, is the owner of Emerald M Guest Ranch,
where guests can hike, camp, ride horses and many other outdoor
activities, and a reserve deputy in an understaffed county.
While on the ranch, he hears a gunshot and then a scream and
decides to investigate. He finds a woman who had fallen on
the trail, an old childhood friend, Harper, whose family moved
away after the murder of her father. Because of the possible
murder, he has been assigned to protect the only witness,
Harper. She convinces Heath that they must work together to
find justice and the killer.
Goddard wrote Heath as “someone who is the older brother
type. A protector, loyal, trustworthy, and noble Harper was
written as a troubled soul who has survivor’s guilt
The setting is a secondary character in the story. Goddard
noted, “The setting inspires me. Most of my stories
are set in the Pacific Northwest, though not all. I loved
the Oregon coast, the redwoods, and Crater Lake, so I’ve
set many stories in those locations, and a few series in Washington.
Also, the other books in my “Uncommon Justice”
series are set in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, another place I’ve
loved. An upcoming series, “Rocky Mountain Courage,”
is set in the Rockies. I have just moved to Washington state,
so I’ll be near the locations I love to write about
the most. In eastern Washington, I’ll be close to the
Rockies and of course, a few hours from coastal Washington.
I think I’ll be in novel writing heaven then.”
are also able to get a glimpse of nature. “In my stories,
I love to show how nature connects with the beautiful wilderness.
I quoted John Muir because he is the person who helped to
create natural parks. He is one of the first to point out
the beauty of nature.”
writes action-packed novels with very likeable characters.
The mystery has so many twists and turns that readers are