I thoroughly enjoyed this well written novella. Although I am a huge fan of mysteries, I wasn't sure what to expect from this book until I started reading. The author is very gifted. She has a wonderful way of painting a detailed picture with words. I was able to imagine each scene in my head as if I was actually there. This book had its share of suspense, a heartwarming romance, and a bit of religion - just the right amount so that it wasn't overbearing. Once I started reading, I couldn't put the book down. I was very wrapped up in Trent and Nadia's love story and all of the obstacles they had to overcome from Nadia's past. I was glad when justice prevailed in the end and the young couple's love was able to grow, in spite of all the hurdles they encountered along the way. I can't wait to read more about them in the upcoming sequel.
"Haunted by the Past" drops you right in the middle of a mystery laced with romance, intrigue, and God's love. At times, filled with heart-pounding suspense, Kelly Hagen takes us on a journey into the horror of Nadia's world as she faces evil head-on. Enter Trent, a sweetheart hero, who only wants to love her, and a beautiful heart-touching story begins. Short, intense, delightful, and romantic, "Haunted by the Past" will stir your sense of what-ifs. I look forward to reading more from this new author of Christian suspense.
One of the best things about being an avid reader is finding new authors. Such was the case for me with Kelly Hagen’s debut novella “Haunted by the Past.”
Hagen hooks the reader early on in a suspenseful story of loss and grief, but also a story of hope and new beginnings. With twists and turns, the author writes in a way that will make you stay up beyond your bedtime to find out what happens next to Nadia and Trent.
Ms. Hagen has created a sweet love story that includes God woven throughout the book. A well-worth-it read, I look forward to more books by this up-and-coming author.
I really enjoyed "Haunted by the Past." It worked out really well as a novella. The action never dragged, and it was a short and entertaining read. The growing romance between the two main characters is sweetly done. There were enough twists to keep me interested, and the danger was real enough to keep it feeling suspenseful. I look forward to reading more from Kelly Hagen and was pleasantly surprised to read in the last few pages that she actually has another novella planned with at least one of the same characters.
5 of 5 stars
Nadia has tried to build a new life after her husband's death, but the past comes knccking. It's a good thing her co-worker Trent sees through her attempts to hide her fears and won't take no for an answer. He tries to be a strong shield and show he cares, but who does Nadia really have to fear, and how far will that shadowy enemy go to get what he want from her? Trent alone makes this story worth reading -- the times he swings into action and the times he just has to wait and pray. A good, action and mystery-filled short suspense story.
When someone is out to get you, whom do you trust? Nadia is being tormented by an unknown admirer. Without knowing his or her objective, she must decide if handsome co-worker Trent is to be trusted - or not.
This book kept me guessing on who it was doing the dirty work ~ that's always a good thing. I didn't exactly have it figured out until right before the ending. I really enjoy it when I read a book and there's no gratuitous sex scenes, swearing, or other objectionables. This is one of those stories. I recommend it to anyone who likes sweet, clean reads.
Kelly Hagen is a talented author of a riveting story. I found myself gripped from the first page and I was unable let go until the last! I thoroughly enjoyed this journey with Nadia as she attempted to rebuild her life and overcome a tragedy. As scary events continue to happen with increasing frequency, I felt myself drawn further and further into the mystery alongside her and Trent. The guiding hand of God on them both, as they faced both danger and a blossoming relationship, was a wonderful testimony to His Will in our lives. The twists and turns led to a rewarding culmination of a mystery revealed and a charming new beginning. I totally recommend this book as a must read!
Kelly Hagen takes you on a ride from the first few pages and doesn't let go! As soon as Nadia receives a mysterious package, you'll be trying to figure out who is behind all of Nadia's troubles. And just when you think you've figured it out, Hagen will surprise you with another twist. The romance between Nadia and Trent is sweet and natural, and the message is even sweeter. Trent's faith in God is amazing, and the reader will be strengthened by it. I thought it painted a perfect picture of how God walks with us through the twists, turns and danger in our lives.
5 of 5 stars
"Haunted by the Past" is a great read! I couldn't put it down! I love how fast the author leads us into the suspense. It's well written and keeps you anticipating what's going to happen next. I also enjoyed the romance between Nadia and Trent, and how God led them to each other at just the right time. I highly recommend this powerful and entertaining read!
Amanda Beth - Christian author