by Hannah Alexander

August 2003
ISBN: 1-58660-767-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Barbour Publishing Inc.
Trade Paperback

Dr. Sable Chamberlin has a lot on her mind lately. She has just buried her grandfather who seemingly died in an auto accident. Shortly after his death, vicious rumors begin to surface about a fraudlent mine and conning people out of their life savings. Sable knows that her grandfather didn't have anything to do with that. But she doesn't have any proof.

A call from one of her grandfather's friends takes her out into a storm to find evidence of his innocence. Arriving too late, Sable finds a dead man. Thus her life on the run begins. She heads home to the Ozark Mountains, the place she feels safest. Along for the desperate race to safety is Paul Murphy. Even Murphy has his own reasons for running away with Sable. A paramedic who works at the clinic with Sable, he longs to find the truth and keep her safe.

They run to Sable's home where they find themselves stranded in an ice storm with strangers-any one of whom could be a hired killer. Sable and Murph have to figure out who they can trust. For there is more than proof of her grandfather's innocence at stake, their very lives could be in danger. The caverns beneath Sable's home can be a refuge or they could be a dangerous prison. Leaning on each other and their faith in God, they fight to survive.

Being willing to lean on God for strength and help is a strong theme throughout the story. Both main characters must learn to rely on each other and on their faith. Several red herrings are thrown in as the list of suspects grows until you're certain of only two innocent people, Sable and Murph.

The Crystal Cavern is a good addition to Hannah Alexander's ever growing list of books.

Reviewed in September 2003 by Jenni.

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