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Publication Order of Lakeview Books

Still Waters (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Die Before Nightfall (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Even in the Darkness (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When Silence Falls (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stranger in the Shadows (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Valley of Shadows (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lakeview Protector (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

The Lakeview series is a series of contemporary, mystery, and Christian romance books written by one of the prominent authors from The United States named Shirlee McCoy. It is comprised of a total of 7 books, which were released between the years 2003 and 2008. The stories depicted in the book series take place in Virginia, United States. Author Shirlee has described a new set of main characters in each of the novels and has depicted the deep romance between them.

One of the best known books of the Lakeview series is titled as the Valley of Shadows. The Steepe Hill publishers released this book in the year 2007. Author Shirlee has depicted the main characters in this romance cum mystery novel as Hawke Moran and Miranda Sheldon. At the beginning of the story, Hawke Morran is shown as a mercenary who turns into a DEA agent. Previously, he used to work as an undercover agent and things used to very dangerous at times. And when his cover gets blown suddenly, he comes to know what danger is actually in the real sense. As the life of Hawke Morran hangs in the balance, he believes that he could die at any point of time from now on. There is no one whom he can turn to for helping him from getting killed. Just as he is about to lose all hopes, he gets saved from his certain death by a mysterious woman. This woman, Miranda Shelton, comes in the life of Hawke as a savior from heaven. Before her entry into his life, Hawke Morran used to work as a lone wolf and used to bring down the bad guys all by himself. But now, he is joined by the beautiful Miranda Shelton and the two work together to deal with any situation that comes in their lives.

In an attempt to find the one who betrayed Hawke Morran and blew his cover, Miranda and Hawke enter into a dangerous world of deceit, treachery, and betrayal. When chased by the criminals to get killed, Hawke and Miranda run away to prevent themselves from coming into their hands. And seeing the dedication of Miranda in saving his life and trying to find the betrayor, Hawke vows that he will protect the beautiful Christian woman for the rest of his life once they become successful in coming out alive from the current situation. The two of them journey from the mountains in Lakeview, Virginia, to the Thailand Valleys in search of the one who is hell bent in killing them. The overall story of the book describes the lives of two strangers who come together without each other’s expectation and try to save each other’s lives while dealing with a deadly drug lord. The goons of the drug lord chase them wherever they go, but they do not become successful in catching the two very easily. Author Shirlee seems to have done a fantastic job in developing the characters. Particularly, the character of Miranda Shelton as she resembles every other woman and reacts as they would react in her situation. The suspense and mystery of the plot turn out to be quite good and this impressed numerous readers and critics. Even the relationship between Miranda and Hawke appears to quite real and genuine. Finally, the book depicts a complete story in an adventurous way.

One of the other popular books published in this series is titled as ‘Lakeview Protector’. It was also released by the Steeple Hill publication in the year 2008. In this book, the lead characters introduced include Eli Jennings and Jasmine Hart. As the story begins, Eli Jennings is depicted as a former military personnel. In one of the military missions, his commander had saved his life, due to which he owed his life to him. Jennings promised his commander that he will repay by helping him find his missing sister. As he begins his search for the commander’s sister, he is led to the mountain cabin of Jasmine Hart in Lakeview, Virginia. There, he comes to know that one more woman has gone missing. Jasmine was a widow and had a strong will. She did not think that the two missing cases were related in any way. Later, she goes on to find important clues to both the mysteries in her own house. Jasmine learns that her mother-in-law is a witness to one of those cases. This makes her fearful about the safety of her mother-in-law as she was the only family left with her. Therefore, Jasmine turns towards Eli Jennings for help. Later, it is seen that someone very powerful did not want her to feel safe at all and not even learn the whole truth. In order to do so, the kidnapper makes another woman go missing. Initially, Eli Jennings had arrived in Lakeview after leaving the military service for writing a book ostensibly. He also had planned to search for the missing sister of one of his military buddies. After reaching the picturesque Lakeview, Jennings rents a cabin from the widowed Jasmine Hart. She had come to Lakeview after leaving her New Hampshire home following the deaths of her daughters and husband.

The cabins in Lakeview are actually owned by Sarah, the mother-in-law of Jasmine Hart. After Sarah suffers a fall, Jasmine comes to take care of her as well as look for the person who tried to kill her. The lakeside cabins of Lakeview hold some cherished memories for Jasmine. And right after the deaths of her husband and beloved daughters, Sarah had clashed with her thinking that she was responsible for the deaths of her son and granddaughters. Even Jasmine holds herself responsible at some point. When Eli Jennnigs joins Jasmine in the search mission of the missing women, they become successful in establishing a connection between the fall of Sarah and the disappearance of the women. On the whole, the book described romance and mystery in equal parts. It also involves the description of a creepy church in the nearby town of Lakeview. Author Shirlee has explored the themes of love, passion, and loss throughout the book. Jasmine appears to be a sensible heroine, who has compassion in her heart for her close ones. Sometimes, she does appear to be distant, but mostly has a loving nature. Eli Jennings is also described as a tough yet tender. Also, Sarah is depicted as a an independent woman, who likes to speak her mind and does it with great ease. Seeing the high level of expertise of author Shirlee in describing the characters and the plot, many critics recommended this book as a must read for all those readers who like to have a taste of mystery and romance together.

Lakeview is a series of Christian romantic suspense novels written by American bestselling author Shirlee McCoy. The series is to date one of Shirlee’s most popular, fast winning and critiques alike with its unique take on Christian romance. The first novel in the Lakeview series of novels was the 2003 published “Still Waters” series that spawned several more titles, to become the second longest running series for the author. McCoy grew up daydreaming of invincible strong and gutsy heroines, and a strong desire for writing inspirational fiction, and all these aspects are reflected in her novel series. The novels are set in Lakeview, Virginia, a small rural town where the characters suddenly find themselves in some kind of danger that over time evolves into romance. With each novel in the series introducing a different set of characters, these novels may be read as standalones, as the only common thing that they have between them is theme and the setting of Lakeview, Virginia. The novels are a Christian Romance type of novels that focus on the nature of Christian relationships, particularly on what is expected of a man and woman in a relationship. McCoy’s Christian faith shines through as she portrays stories of great courage and love between her characters. Overall, the Lakeview series are meant to be uplifting and edifying novels that tell the narratives of women and men that are seeking to know God better, despite their troubles and trials.

The series has a range of characters both male and female with different dreams, hopes, and motivations in life. For the most part the men take the lead in the series as the protectors of the women, who oftentimes find themselves in some kind of danger or tragedy. However, it is not only the women that need to be saved or protected as the men too need saving. With the men fitting the romance stereotype of career-focused men that do not believe in love, Shirlee McCoy spins narratives of the redeeming power of a woman’s love. In the quintessential birds of a feather flock together, McCoy tells of how the sharing of faith-based values results in even deeper romantic relationships between two people. The men see themselves as having a mission to protect the women in distress and from danger. However, in their quest to protect the women, they often find themselves running with them, as they are embroiled in tragedies that bind them together in love. Over the course of the novels, the characters experience profound change in their beliefs on love, marriage and their faith. Used to being busy, organized or spending time alone engrossed in work, the characters soon come to the realization that they need each other and can only stronger if they are united against a common enemy. All of the novels are a lesson in triumph, tragedy, change, and pathos in the journey towards a more rounded Christian life in which romance adds the spice.

Shirlee McCoy combines elements of her Christian faith and her life experiences to write some of the most enchanting Christian romance in her Lakeview series of novels. The author herself lived in Thailand and in Smith Mountain Lake area of Virginia, which explains the setting of the Lakeview series in the two places. She uses the settings and the characters to offer pointed views of Christianity and faith-based living. The Lakeview series asserts that living for oneself may seem to be satisfying and it could be for almost everyone, but ultimately living to help and serve others will give a better sense of satisfaction than a life of selfishness. Combining crime, tragedy, age-old secrets, mysteries and romance, McCoy writes highly charged novels full of hair-raising tension and suspense that culminate in explosive finales. The narratives in the series are suspense-filled stories that start with all out action that never slows down until the very end. From the time the characters run into some tragedy or other, the series treats the readers to highly charged narrative of a man and woman evading or escaping from a determined assailant that typically starts out in the mountains of Virginia and ends with the protagonists finding refuge in Thailand. Nonetheless, running away from the bad guys is never easy, as our protagonists have to contend with being framed, kidnapping, violent crime among other obstacles ,yet in the midst of it all bond in an amazing way that makes it all worthwhile.

“Die Before Nightfall”, the second novel in the Lakeview series of novels is a delightful novel of intrigue love and newfound faith. Raven Stevenson had been in the small town of Lakeview for less than twenty-four hours when someone whispered those menacing words. She was in Lakeview to not only make up with her brother over a big fight they had had, but also to reconcile herself with haunting memories tied to her childhood. Having been away for so long, she did not expect to find any community or friends, or even a three-decade-old mystery of tragic love. She also never expected to meet the honorable Shane Montgomery, whose love and loyalty for her ill aunt awakens something in Stevenson’s carefully constructed defenses. Her aunt Abby errs and reveals secrets that shed light into the age-old mystery, and it is not long before they become targets of someone who would do anything including kill, to make sure the dark secrets remain secret.

“When Silence Falls” is the adrenaline-charged and delicious fourth novel in the series, full of nail biting and heart beating suspense. Piper Sinclair, a Lakeview history professor loved his life organized and busy. After completing some new family research, she intends to get down to the writing of a new book. But all things go haywire when she is the witness to an attempted kidnapping, and soon finds herself the target. Someone that seems to know her all too well wants her dead – badly. Meanwhile Cade Macalister an expert former crime scene photographer is dealing with haunting memories of his former life taking photographs of grisly crime scenes. Meeting Sinclair at the crime scene stirs in him longings he knows he should not have towards his friend’s sister. She had grown into a beautiful though delicate girl that he was sure could not take on such a vicious assailant alone. Nonetheless, to keep her alive he would need to convince her of this fact.

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