About the Book


Book:  Secrets Resurfaced

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre:  Romantic Suspense

Release Date: June 2, 2020

When new evidence surfaces about a tragic boating accident that put her ex-boyfriend’s father in prison, private investigator Dory Winslow’s determined to look into it. But now someone’s dead set on silencing her. And working with Chad Jaggert—the father of her secret child—may be the only way to survive the treacherous truth about the tragedy that once tore them apart.
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About the Author


Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over forty titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Sourcebooks. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the  nutty terrier, and a chubby box turtle. You can connect with Dana via her website at danamentink.com, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)

More from Dana


Well, it’s been a wild ride through the Roughwater Cowboy series! Here we are at the end, with youngest brother Chad’s story. Fortunately, the rest of the clan (Mitch, Liam and Helen) are here to lend a hand when the man Chad’s father was jailed for killing comes back to life. Helping out also is Jingles the hapless dog, and a new member of the canine family, three legged Meatball. Throw in a killer on the loose and a secret child, and we’ll have a ‘hold onto your hat’ finish to this series. Thanks for coming along with me! God bless you!

My Review


It wasn’t until I started blogging and writing book reviews that I read any of the Love Inspired Suspense titles. Generally speaking, I tend to find these kinds of series repetitive and formulaic, and I favor the suspense much more than the romance. However, I have yet to read one that I haven’t loved! I appreciate that the series features a multitude of authors, which keeps the ideas and voices fresh and distinct, and that there are even series within the Love Inspired Suspense collection. The Roughwater Ranch Cowboys is one, and I enjoyed this fast-paced fourth book.

Dana Mentink draws readers into a story of past tragedy and present danger with “Secrets Resurfaced”, which explores the ongoing heartache of unresolved issues and unforgiveness. Although only five years have passed since the sinking of the boat that killed two people and sent Rocky Jaggert to prison, the gulf in the lives of his son Chad Jaggert and Chad’s now ex-girlfriend Dory Winslow seems endless. As Dory follows a lead about the accident, someone becomes intent on keeping the details buried, and Dory and Chad are forced to work together to find out the truth. Does the truth really set you free?

Secrets are the starting point for just about any mystery, and Mentink utilizes the motif well in this novel. The suspects cast doubt on each other in a way that is compelling and not contrived, and the romantic thread is credible, with enough drama to be absorbing but not overplayed. Dory’s father’s animosity toward the Jaggerts becomes apparent as the tale unfolds, and the entire backstory of the novel is revealed slowly, shedding light on what has made the characters act the way that they do. To me, this is just as important as the suspense element itself; I am always interested in the psychological aspect and in what motivates the characters, either for good or for ill. Several of the characters in “Secrets Resurfaced” come to realize that although their motivations may have been well-intentioned, their actions result in unnecessary pain and anguish. Only the unconditional love that the Lord gives us and models for us in Scripture will ultimately prevail, and it is this love and forgiveness that we should always extend to others. Time doesn’t always heal, but love does.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.


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To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of the book and a $50 Amazon gift card!!
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