Review: Desperate Measures (Port Aster Secrets #3) by Sandra Orchard

Posted June 18, 2015 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, mystery/suspense, romance, Sandra Orchard / 2 Comments

desperate measuresMy Review: Desperate Measures brings the Port Aster trilogy to a riveting finish, packed with suspense, faith, and a sweet romance. In this book, the small gossipy town near Niagara Falls seemed to be hosting “old home week” for all of Kate Adams’ enemies – with a few extra possibly-bad guys & gals thrown in for good measure. There were times when I gave up trying to figure out whodunit because I honestly had no idea! I thought I knew… and then I didn’t anymore.  These are the best kinds of suspense stories – they keep you engaged right until the last page.

In Deadly Devotion, the first book in the series, we were introduced to a budding romance between the two main protagonists – Kate Adams (an herbal research scientist who seems to stumble into her fair share of capers) and Detective Tom Parker (a former FBI agent still dealing with the death of his partner). Kate and Tom have been will-they, won’t-they (of course they will!) all throughout the series but the affection between them remains palpable even when their mutual trust issues cloud the relationship.  It was sweet (and sometimes swoony) to watch the flirting get some real emotion behind it in Desperate Measures and to see how their faith in God will help them both learn to trust.

My favorite line across the series comes out of this third and final book – “She was harboring a fugitive plant in her basement.” 🙂 I just get a hilarious image in my head when I read it!

The characters, the plot, the romance, the loose ends all tied up – a perfect finale to a delightful series! I give Desperate Measures  and the entire Port Aster series 4 1/2 stars!

(I received a copy of Desperate Measures from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.)

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(REVELL, June, 368 pp., $14.99)

Kate won’t be safe until all of Port Aster’s secrets are revealed

Researcher Kate Adams has finally pinpointed the supposed “miracle plant” that tore apart her family years ago. She’s certain that discovering its secrets is her only hope of solving the mystery surrounding her father’s disappearance. She’s willing to risk anything to find the truth, including her relationship with Detective Tom Parker. But with so many people in pursuit of the plant, going it alone might be a fatal mistake.

Award-winning author Sandra Orchard pulls out all the stops in this breakneck and breathtaking conclusion to the Port Aster Secrets series.

What people are saying about the Port Aster Secrets series

“Romantic suspense maven Orchard plunges readers into the fray immediately. The writing is über-dramatic and the action hectic.”–Publishers Weekly

“I couldn’t put it down.”–Margaret Daley, author of the Men of the Texas Rangers series

“A fun, sometimes quirky whodunit, full of everything a mystery lover is looking for, including a dash of romance.”–Lisa Harris, Christy Award-winning author of Dangerous Passage

sandra orchardAbout the Author:  Sandra Orchard is the award-winning author of several books including Deadly Devotion, winner of the 2014 The Word Award for suspense, and Blind Trust.  Her Love Inspired Suspense titles have garnered two Canadian Christian Writing Awards and a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Sandra has also received a Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She lives in Ontario, Canada. Learn more at


2 responses to “Review: Desperate Measures (Port Aster Secrets #3) by Sandra Orchard

  1. Kav

    No fair!!!!! You’ve read it already!!!! Gah!!!! This is one I’ve been anticipating for a while and now that I’ve read your review, I’m more eager than ever to get the book. Like that idea of picking a favourite line from a book. Might have to borrow that idea. 🙂

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