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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Just Below the Surface is a sensitive and uplifting work of romance fiction penned by author Lindsay Marcum. In this inspiring and partially spiritual tale, we meet leading lady Billie Sterling, who has a big heart and a belief that God has a plan for everyone. She takes a less than ideal job working for Merrick Anderson, who comes across as a heartless individual to most that he deals with. As Billie keeps the faith in her home life struggles, Merrick starts to come under fire with whispers and rumors. If Billie keeps the faith in him too, she hopes that there might be a better man lurking just below the stony surface of her boss.
Author Lindsay Marcum certainly has a talent for character, as each member of her inventive cast is realistically portrayed from their first moments on the page. Billie is instantly likable for her practical and kind nature, plus her family is so warm and authentically voiced. Even Merrick, whose cool demeanor and apparent heartlessness are skilfully described, keeps you reading on because of the hidden depths worked carefully into his persona right from the start. This intertwining character arc of family, work and romance has plenty to offer with its twisting plot, putting Billie to the test and engaging in an inspirational discussion of the power of faith. Overall, Just Below the Surface comes highly recommended for fans of Christian romance and family dramas and is a well-written and unique new romance angle by a talented writer.