About the Book
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 her family apart 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. We recommend the series be read in order: Deadly Devotion, Blind Trust, then Desperate Measures.
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***Spoiler Alert for the first books in the series
Squinting against the bright grow lights, Kate Adams slipped into her fruit cellar in the back corner of her basement and shut the door. She couldn’t risk anyone discovering her little greenhouse. Enough people had already died.
The musty humidity in the tomblike room squeezed her chest. The walls were concrete, but mildew had already infiltrated the wooden ceiling, like GPC Pharmaceuticals’ insidious blight in her life. Mildew was a price she’d gladly pay—if it meant getting her dad back.
She blinked away the image of him lying in a coma in a nameless hospital and forced herself to focus on the plants. She pressed her fingers into the soil of the nearest pot to gauge its dampness and smiled at the new buds peeking past the succulent, dandelion-shaped leaves. The virtually extinct plants were thriving in the tropical microclimate she’d recreated.
Her heart hiccupped. If only Vic Lawton hadn’t run her father off that ravine to try to recover the plants, she might be enjoying a sweet reunion with Dad even now. Part of her didn’t want anything to do with the plant that had cost her so much. But after Detective Tom Parker’s “executive decision” to send her father back into hiding, figuring out what gave amendoso the extraordinary curative properties it seemed GPC would stop at nothing to exploit might be her only hope of ever convincing the people safeguarding Dad to let her see him again.
Why, Lord? Why bring my father back into my life, only to take him away again?
No answer came. Not that she’d expected one. Lately she felt as if even God had abandoned her.
She squirmed at the irreverent thought. Her dad hadn’t really abandoned her by faking his death twenty years ago. No matter how much it felt like it. He’d been trying to protect her and her mother. And if she were honest with herself, lately she’d probably been shutting God out, more than the other way around. How many times had Daisy reminded her to take God at his Word, not trust emotions that surged and ebbed like the tide?
Kate rubbed her knuckles over the ache in the vicinity of her heart. She’d have an easier time leaning on God if Daisy hadn’t been murdered and every other person she’d ever trusted hadn’t lied to her face or hid things from her—big, monumental things, like the fact her father was alive.
Shoving aside the thought and ignoring for a few more minutes the paint job awaiting her upstairs, she snatched up her spray bottle and misted the plants. “What’s your secret?” she whispered as she deadheaded a spent aster-like flower.
What could be so special about this plant that a multinational pharmaceutical company would burn down a remote Colombian village to control it? So special that her father would sacrifice a lifetime with his family to keep it out of their hands? So special that all these years later, his former employer, GPC
Pharmaceuticals, would track it down to Port Aster and kill a man to safeguard its existence?
Kill her if they found out she had it.
Her chest squeezed tighter. If she ever needed police protection, it was now. But with GPC vying to partner with the research facility where she worked, she didn’t dare tell anyone about the plants.
Detective Tom Parker least of all.
About the Author
Sandra Orchard is a multi-award-winning author of mysteries and romantic suspense with Revell Publishing and Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense imprint. She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America and The Word Guild (Canada). A mother of three grown children, she lives in Niagara, Canada with her real-life-hero husband and writes full time…when not doting on her young grandchildren.
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