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Reviewed by Sarah Scheele for Readers' Favorite
For Our Good was a fantastic read — everything any reader of Christian contemporary fiction or Christian suspense would enjoy. Paula Mowery’s writing is really a notch above her peers. She keeps all the relationships, romance and adventure of the police/crime genre while adding a vibrant punch of originality and sharp characterization. Charlie Jarvis , a young policewoman down on her luck and still haunted by the deaths of her parents and co-worker, is assigned one last mission to prove that she belongs on the force. The mission - to discover who is selling drugs to local teens at a church - plunges her back into her Tennessee hometown, where she meets snazzy troublemaker Colton Thomas, a local pilot who has more than a polite interest in her.
I loved For Our Good by Paula Mowery so much. Charlie and Colton felt quite real and believable, real people doing extraordinary things. Many scenes took place at the local church, which was presented with complete realism. Marshall, Colton’s friend and fellow pilot, his wife Emma who struggles with infertility, Jordan Wynn, Charlie’s God-fearing and family-oriented coworker, and numerous other characters were woven beautifully into the main storyline of Charlie rediscovering her faith. The plot twist of the church youth group being organized into a drug-selling unit is completely possible, in fact it actually occurred at a church my mother attended. Paula excels in transforming typical genre fiction into something a bit distinctive, a cut above. This story moved past the familiar plot angles of police-based romance into a fast-paced and heart-felt narrative that leaves you truly caring about the characters.