Desperate Measures: A Novel by Sandra Orchard, SandraDesperate Measures: A Novel by Sandra Orchard, Sandra

Desperate Measures: A Novel

bySandra Orchard, Sandra

Paperback | June 2, 2015

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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 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
Sandra Orchard is the award-winning author of several inspirational romantic suspense/mysteries, 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 ...
Title:Desperate Measures: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 1 inPublished:June 2, 2015Publisher:Baker Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0800722248

ISBN - 13:9780800722241

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This stunningly crafted story will take you to another place you will not want to leave. A wonderful story line that is brilliant and stunning.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Desperate measures The third book in this hard-to-put-down adventure series, all the adventures and questions from the previous two books finally reach an exciting climax and a satisfying resolution.
Date published: 2015-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling read Have you ever met a heroine that was so stubborn you just wanted to smack her upside the head to knock some sense into her? Only you like her too much to do bodily damage so you suffer in silence while grinding your teeth? Yeah, well Kate's that kind of heroine. And yes, I get why she is the way she is and I can totally sympathize but the girl hasn't a clue -- including about how to manage a protective type boyfriend. Mind you, Tom doesn't have a clue how to manage a maverick researcher like Kate either. You might say they deserve each other. And what a delicious conundrum that makes for the avid romance reader. Since this is the concluding book in a three part series Orchard doesn't hold anything back, making their romance a sizzling read. The suspense is complicated and relentless. Since some of the suspense carries over from the first two books, I'd recommend that you read the Port Aster Secrets novels in order. For two reasons: First: this one has spoilers related to the previous stories. Second: As I said, the suspense is complicated and involves a lot of players -- a lot of suspects -- as well as intricate details that all lead up to the riveting conclusion. It will just make more sense if you've read Deadly Devotion and Blind Trust first. A hard-to-put-down read that left me guessing until the very end. My thanks to the author and publisher for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book.
Date published: 2015-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The exciting conclusion to a fantastic series! I have absolutely loved the main characters throughout this series. Kate and Tom are so incredibly well written. They both have a lot of past hurts that keep rearing their ugly heads and causing both of them trouble. Most of their problems are in the form of not knowing who to trust and how to relate to each other to help build trust. There is also an ongoing struggle with trying to trust God. This is definitely an area where they both need to grow and it great to follow along as they work on it. There are a number of additional characters that show up in this book that either haven’t been there at all in the previous books or else they only received a brief mention before. The pool of secondary characters becomes even cloudier as the story progresses as to who are good guys and who are bad guys. This made for a very enjoyable read as I HAD to find out the truth. I wanted so badly for Kate and Tom to be safe and achieve the happily-ever-after that I felt they deserved after all the danger they had gone through. I received a free eBook copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
Date published: 2015-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun to be the detective, lots of red herrings Desperate Measures is the third book in the Port Aster Secrets series. I read the books out of order, book two, then book one, and finally book three. I was able to follow the storyline, and felt in reading book two that it worked well as a stand-alone read. I do believe, however, reading books one and two first is important to truly comprehending book three. I have greatly enjoyed the series, and will look for other books by Sandra Orchard. While in several series I’ve read lately each book focuses on a particular character from a family or group of friends, the Port Aster Secrets series follows the adventures of a plant researcher and amateur sleuth, Kate Adams, and her love interest, Detective Tom Parker. Kate solves a variety of mysteries, many linked to a pharmaceutical company that has its eyes set on her research laboratory, and the mysterious plants she harbors. Kate’s dogged determination to clear the names of loved ones, to restore relationships, and to ferret out the truth often frustrates Tom, who only wants to insure her safety. The author includes an abundance of red herrings, and does not make it easy on her readers to solve the variety of mysteries that pop up in this book and in this series. My favorite quote in this whole series comes near the end of book three, “Isn’t it funny how often what we think we want is really only how we’d imagined getting it?...Makes me glad that sometimes God says no so he can give us what we truly desire.” That second sentence is fairly easy to comprehend, but the first takes some rereading to truly capture the wisdom there. I would highly recommend this book, but once again would encourage readers to read the first two books of the series before reading this one. I thank Revell Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for providing Desperate Measures for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.
Date published: 2015-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprises Abound I’ve traveled this story through the three books, and had my heart in my throat throughout the story. This being the final in the Port Aster Secrets, we do find out who is a good guy and who isn’t, and boy are you going to be surprised. At least I was, I never saw some of the happening coming and who was a good guy and who was bad. I kept hoping from the first page that Kate would finally be reunited with her dad, and make her peace with Tom Parker. He seems to be there and has her back and is caring, but both are keeping secrets from each other. We do get a lot of answers to all of our questions that have been building up, and we dig deeper into all angles of this mysterious plant. There are also some helpful hints about which common plants that God planted near problem plants, like poison ivy, which are remedies, I never knew. I am ready for a next book from Sandra Orchard, if it is anything like this series; I know I will love it. I received this book through the Revell Reads Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2015-06-15