Book Review: Desperate Measures by Sandra Orchard

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

Desperate Measures book review

Desperate Measures by Sandra OrchardDESPERATE MEASURES by Sandra Orchard
Port Aster Secrets #3

GENRE: Romantic Suspense (Christian)
RELEASE DATE: May 26, 2015
PAGES: 370

Researcher Kate Adams has finally pinpointed the medicinal plant responsible for tearing her family apart. She’s certain that discovering its secrets is her only hope of solving the mystery surrounding the disappearance of her father. Kate will risk anything to find the truth–even her budding relationship with Detective Tom Parker. But more people than she can fathom are after the plants and going it alone just might prove to be a fatal mistake.

Award-winning author Sandra Orchard pulls out all the stops in this breakneck and breathtaking conclusion to the Port Aster series. Fans will not be disappointed by the surprises they find inside.


Other Books In This Series


In Desperate Measures, 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!

Bottom Line: Desperate Measures by Sandra Orchard brings the Port Aster trilogy to a riveting finish, packed with suspense, faith, and a sweet romance.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 voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4.5 stars / loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion

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Sandra Orchard

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

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2 responses to “Book Review: Desperate Measures 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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