Reviewed by Tracy Young for Readers' Favorite
Faith, Phantoms and First Editions by J.A. Smith is a classic tale of mystery and suspense. Riverbend Mercantile Books is a picturesque bookshop that houses a collection of valuable first editions. Unfortunately for the owner, Francine Waters, one of them is missing. The classic Robert Louis Stevenson tale Kidnapped had indeed been kidnapped! Francine’s niece Faith and her boyfriend Roger become embroiled in the search for the culprit and discover the reason why the book was returned to the shop. Further mysterious goings-on in the bookshop lead to speculation that supernatural forces may have played a part. Is Jeffrey, the bookish sales assistant, all he seems or is it possible he has a hidden agenda? Cherise, a glamorous cosmetic model, emerges from Roger's past and seems hell bent on disrupting Faith and Roger's relationship. Will their faith and prayers be enough to catch the book thief and keep their budding romance alive?
This is a really good read. Faith and her family have traditional values and a deep belief in God and the church that is evident without being preachy. The plot has some really intriguing twists and turns and will keep you guessing to the end. Riverbend is your typical small town with its own busybody and Faith, Phantoms and First Editions helps you feel a part of this community. J.A. Smith has a gift for dialogue and tells a great tale. There are a few references to former events that remind you this is part of a series of books, but it is also a decent standalone read. If you like your stories to have a twist and go along at a gentle pace, then I can highly recommend Faith, Phantoms and First Editions by J.A. Smith!