Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Northern Deception by Laurie Wood

Posted December 3, 2018 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Laurie Wood, mystery/suspense, romance / 43 Comments

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about the book

SERIES: Heroes of the Tundra #1
GENRE: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
PUBLISHER: Anaiah Press
RELEASE DATE: December 4, 2018
PAGES: 170

Reunions can be deadly.

After a savage attack in university, Kira Summers fled to the safety of northern Canada and her work as a polar bear scientist. But when her whistleblower brother dies in a mysterious car crash, she must return home to bury him and pack his belongings. Unaware she’s carrying explosive evidence someone’s willing to kill for, she has no choice but to rely on the one person she never thought she’d see again.

Lukas Tanner, a widowed single father of a special needs toddler, moved to Churchill five years ago. As the proud owner of Guiding Star Enterprises, a wilderness tour company, he and his daughter lead a simple life. But when Kira comes crashing back into his world, he realizes God has other plans. Now, Lukas and Kira must confront a merciless killer as their past and present collide in a deadly race—a race they must win if they have any hope of a future together.

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Wow! Buckle up (and bundle up!) for Northern Deception, Laurie Wood’s debut novel. A fast, high-stakes pace reminds me of a Love Inspired Suspense novel, with edge-of-your-seat action from the beginning right through to nearly the end. The Canadian tundra setting is vividly drawn and carries the perfect mixture of awe and fear, from the breathtaking beauty readers can easily visualize to the stark cold and rogue polar bears that are roaming about town, wreaking havoc. Wood masterfully captures this range of emotions without over-detailing the scenes yet still sending readers’ hearts into their throats as a polar bear ambles by within a hair’s breadth or gunshots burst out again (also too close for comfort).

Reunited first loves Lukas and Kira are thrust together in a race for their lives, dodging bullets and polar bears and bombs … and emotional baggage that’s had years to accumulate between them. I loved watching their chemistry & attraction resurface in the calmer moments – as well as the depths of their emotions in the moments they weren’t sure they’d survive. Sweet little Sophie, Lukas’ special needs toddler, wrapped herself around my heart from her first scene, and her interactions with both Lukas and Kira are just precious. Ruby is another solid supporting character who I’d like to spend more time with in future books.

Bottom Line: The thrilling ride that is Northern Deception captures readers from the first word and keeps them riveted throughout the remainder of the story. Non-stop action, stunning twists and chilling suspense (quite literally) combine seamlessly with a sweet second-chance romance and poignant reflections on faith. Wood has skillfully created layered characters and a vivid setting, and I look forward to more books from her in the near future!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Prism Book Tours. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4.5 stars / love it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion

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about the author

Laurie Wood has followed her RCAF serving husband across Canada, raising their two special needs children to adulthood, and “keeping the home fires burning” while she began her writing career. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, where she’s finalled in several prestigious contests, as well as American Christian Fiction Writers. She writes romantic suspense and historical novels.


1 winner will receive a 100 page hardcover Journal + matching pen, magnetic bookmarks, wooden Christmas ornament, and Abalone and Silver Polar Bear necklace, ebook of NORTHERN DECEIPTION. (NOTE: wooden box holding up bookmarks and ornament pictured is NOT included.)

Open to US and Canada

Ends December 12, 2018

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What about you? Have you ever visited northern Canada?

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43 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Northern Deception by Laurie Wood

  1. MS Barb

    I’ve been to Canada on a fishing trip where our party had to portage in to the lakes to fish–excellent fishing for walleye! And, I was there in August so went blueberry picking…took blueberries home to freeze, then savored them in the middle of winter, while remembering the hot summer days in Canada!

    • Hello MS Barb,
      I’m so happy you enjoyed some real sports fishing here in Canada! And blueberry picking – we did that as a child when my mom could put us all to work and made jars and jars of jam for the winter. Blueberry pie is my favourite to this day.
      I’m glad you enjoyed visiting our beautiful country.

  2. Amanda

    I’m trying to follow Laurie on Twitter but the @ name doesn’t exist on Twitter. Even in the tweets to promote the giveaway it doesn’t link to an account.

    • Carrie

      Hi Amanda, I’m sorry about that. I can’t change it as i’m not hosting the giveaway but I will let Prism know. Thanks!

    • Hi Amanda, I’m sorry about the Twitter confusion! My Twitter handle is @LaurieJeanWood and that should take you there. I’ll get Prism Book Tours to fix it okay? SO sorry about the problem!

  3. Anne

    A captivating novel which I would enjoy greatly. The setting and the story are special to me since I am Canadian and have travelled extensively though Canada and love every part of it. I live in the U.S. now, but Canada is in my blood and background. The furthest north which I travelled to was Edmonton, Saskatoon and Q.C.

    • Hello Anne!

      Those cities and Quebec are fairly far north, but Churchill is on the same parallel as Juneau, Alaska, and Inverness, Scotland. And yet, as you know, Canada is still thousands of kilometres still to go to the north pole from there. We’re a huge country and still inhabited in that vast northland. I wanted to share some of that when I wrote this book. So glad you dropped by today to share your own travels!

  4. Kay Garrett

    “Northern Deception” by Laurie Wood sounds wonderful. I love being introduced to new to me author’s whose book I just want to read right off.

    I’ve never been to Canada. I have been very close since I was just over on the other water’s edge at Niagara Falls.

  5. Hi Amanda, I’m sorry about the Twitter confusion! My Twitter handle is @LaurieJeanWood and that should take you there. I’ll get Prism Book Tours to fix it okay? SO sorry about the problem!

  6. Wow! Carrie, awesome review of a thrilling suspense book! Congratulations to Laurie Wood on her stunning debut! More books featuring Heroes of the Tundra are anticipated!

    I’ve visited a few places in Canada, but not that far up north. I must say, Victoria is my favorite in the country…so far….for tea and gardens. Perfect!

    Best wishes to Laurie for many books to come…and to you, Carrie, for reviewing and sharing the excitement!

  7. Rachel Curtis

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to enter your giveaway. I have never had the chance to go to Canada but I would LOVE to go. My husband and myself talk of that often. I love the cover of your book and after reading the back of the book I would love to read it. It sounds like the kind of book I fall hard for and when I start reading I find it impossible to stop until it is finished. Again, thank you for the chance and congratulations on your book. God Bless.

  8. Dianne Casey

    I’m originally from Michigan, so I’ve been to Canada several times. We would go to Sault Ste. Marie, Canada when the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

  9. Gina Johnson

    Sounds like a wonderful book. I have been to Niagra Falls in Canada. Also, Victoria whole on a cruise. Took a 4 hour tour. Would like to see more of Canada.

  10. So pleased to meet you, Laurie, and to discover you’re entirely qualified for writing this Canadian novel! Excited to begin the series! I love discovering new Canadian novels for the Canadian Reading Challenge [now in its 12th year] so this will be a great addition.
    The cover is phenomenal – colouring is superb as I’ve seen the Northern Lights in their dancing beauty and this has captured them to perfection.

    I wish you every BEST Wish in your writing career and Congratulations on this debut!

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