Title: Centrifugal Force (Forces of Nature)
Author: Lisa J Lickel
Genre: Mystery, Romance
Former lovers attempt to rectify the past to save their children and preserve the fragile world in crisis.
Rachel Michels made a poor choice which resulted in her biggest blessing, her daughter, Maeve. When the father of that blessing returns decades later, she knows he wants something she’d taken from him. Rachel has lived in near seclusion and mistrust, fearful of losing the one person who’s kept her life from coming unglued.
Professor Gervas Friedemann returns to Wisconsin, seeking a missing ancient artifact, along with help for his oldest daughter who is suffering from a rare genetic blood disorder. With the European Union at stake, blackmail could negatively impact a crucial vote in the German Parliament unless Gervas recovers an irreplaceable relic he left in the United States on a lecture tour a lifetime ago. He knows who took the piece of history he once flaunted—the woman who had stolen his soul. He only hopes she still has the ring.
A missing artifact, two former lovers, a cure for a rare blood disorder and global conspiracy powerful enough to bring down the European Union.
Several years ago, Rachel had a love affair with her college professor and while he broke her heart, he gave her a daughter who’s been Rachel’s world for the past two decades. Living in seclusion, Rachel’s wary of any man, let alone her ex, Gervas Friedemann. When Gervas and her daughter meet, she’s deathly afraid of losing her daughter.
Gervas hasn’t been back to Wisconsin since he left twenty years ago. He’s back for two reasons: to retrieve an ancient artifact stolen by Rachel and to seek help to save his eldest daughter from death by a rare blood disorder. He tracks down Rachel and pleads with her to help him. Sparks fly as he reconnects with Rachel and meets his now adult daughter. Can he save his eldest daughter through the help of Rachel and their daughter and more importantly, can they return the ancient artifact before the conspiracy to bring down the European Union is successful?
Centrifugal Force grabbed me from the first page. I connected with Rachel right away and that was even before I got deep into the plot. As the mystery unfolded, so did the stakes. Political intrigue, blackmail, an ancient artifact, dark secrets, and a second change at love combine to make this an irresistible read. Lickel’s historical research is evident which just added a depth to the story. The characters were crafted so beautifully that I forgot I was reading fiction and got caught up in the story. The ending was surprising but totally satisfying.
If you’re looking for an original mystery with a love story as well as pulse-pounding global intrigue, grab this book right now! Trust me, you’ll love it.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Lisa Lickel lives in the rolling hills of western Wisconsin. Surrounded by books and dragons, she writes inspiring fiction. Her novels include mystery and romance, all with a twist of grace. She writes short stories and radio theater, is an avid book #reviewer and #reader, writing mentor, workshop leader, freelance #editor, and blogger. She loves to encourage new #authors and is a member of Chicago Writers Association and Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp & Writers Retreat. Find more at LisaLickel.com.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N