As a member of the North Cascades Smokejumpers, Alexia Allen always takes care of the equipment that keeps her safe. So when she nearly dies in a fire due to equipment failure, she knows something is up. Ordered to take time off while the investigation continues, Alexia makes a last-minute decision to recuperate at her mother's home and attend her high school reunion. Yet trouble seems to be following her, and within hours of arriving home she's involved with murder, arson--and a handsome detective. But the conflicts ahead are nothing compared to the ghosts of her past. As she strives to remember and forgive her family history, she must also decide if the secret she's been guarding for the last ten years must finally come to light.
When the Smoke Clears begins with a prologue of what happened ten years before the story begins, on Alexia Allen's graduation day. I thought this was a very clever way to begin the story, especially since it ended on a very climactic note, making me feel like I needed to go find the author and beg for information to what had happened right away. As the story enfolds, we learn more about Alexia's life and her side of things, but with still no answers to the climactic prologue. Then a murderer begins to target Alexia.
This book was very suspenseful, keeping me from putting it down. It was very enjoyable, being written so well. I liked the Christian and light romance elements - the love interest was godly and sweet, but he could also take care of himself, being a police officer.
And then the book ends on a climactic note. Well, that means that I can't wait to read the next book in the series! :)
Alyianna's rating: 10 out of 10