Finding Claire

Romance - Suspense
280 Pages
Reviewed on 11/08/2016
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Author Biography

Pamela Humphrey was inspired to write after researching her genealogy. Intending to create a booklet for her mom and immediate family, she set about gathering stories and pictures of the Ramirez family. She ended up writing her first book, Researching Ramirez: On the Trail of the Jesus Ramirez Family, a family history of her great great grandfather’s family. During that research, she found a christening record that ignited her imagination. Using the documentation she’d found as a backbone for the story, she imagined what life was like for her ancestors and wrote The Blue Rebozo, a fictional account of her great grand aunt’s life.

On a road trip, when driving through the Texas Hill Country, the landscape sparked the idea for her latest book. Weaving mystery, genealogy, and romance, she wrote Finding Claire. She is currently writing the next book in the Hill Country Secrets series.

She is a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom who enjoys many creative outlets: sewing, paper-crafting, jewelry-making, practicing her bass guitar, reading, and conversing with imaginary characters (what most call writing). She lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband, sons, black cats, and leopard gecko.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Finding Claire is a contemporary romantic suspense novel written by Pamela Humphrey. She didn't know her name nor she did remember anything except the nightmare of regaining consciousness in the back of a van, of being bound and then imprisoned in a disgusting and stinking closet in a darkened house. One of her captors seemed to be in control, and he terrified her, while the other seemed to be following orders and seemed to worry about her. Somehow, miraculously, she managed to escape. She had found a flashlight to help her navigate the dark woods she found herself in, but her hands were still tied, making her clumsy and apt to lose her balance. The first occupied house that she approached resonated with the loud and rowdy sounds of men partying and drinking, and she kept a wide berth of that one. As she fled, she wondered if her captors were following her trail and had no idea if and when they'd catch up to her and put her back in that closet. Finally, she saw a cabin by itself in the woods. She saw the reflected flames from a fireplace and wondered if this were her haven. Then she saw a cat jump onto the windowsill, and she decided to take a chance.

Pamela Humphrey's contemporary romantic suspense novel, Finding Claire, is a fast-paced and exciting story about a kidnapped woman and the grieving and guilt-ridden man who takes her in and becomes her protector. Both are immediately drawn to each other as they try to keep her safe from her abductors and to restore her memory. Humphrey makes use of her own interests in genealogy and researcher of family stories in authentically detailing Rainy's attempts to discover her identity through the internet and finding clues in the old photos she had found in the house. She also includes a series of birthday letters written by a mother and father to their abducted little girl that are haunting and unforgettable. I especially enjoyed the absorbing mystery that is woven throughout this well-written and moving tale. Finding Claire is most highly recommended.