Author: Laura Thomas
Series: Flight to Freedom #1
Surrounded by the romantic paradise of her sister’s destination wedding in Jamaica, Madison Grey realizes she must overcome her paralyzing fear of the ocean—and her broken heart— to start living again. Luke Alexander, the groom’s brother, is a missionary who has come to terms with a life of singleness—until he meets Madison.
During the wedding, their personal connection intensifies when a stalker stirs up haunting memories of her gold-digging ex-fiancé. After Madison mysteriously disappears and the newlyweds receive a ransom note, Luke dives into action to find her. Will he save Madison in time or will she be forced to suffer her worst nightmare… in the depths of a glass bottom boat?
Reviewer: Martha Robinson
If you’re looking for a beach book to read without actually getting sand in your flip-flops, The Glass Bottom Boat, by Laura Thomas, is a good, quick read to add to your kindle.
Jamaica is the setting for the destination wedding of Madison’s sister Chloe Grey. The wedding party includes the bridegroom-to-be, Nathan Alexander, and his brother Luke, a missionary in Mexico.
Almost immediately Madison senses that someone is watching her, but she does not want to upset Chloe or the wedding plans. When she catches a glimpse of a man who might be her stalker, Nathan is the one who becomes nervous.
Madison thinks, “At a resort full of people, how much danger could she be in?”
Later, in a private conversation, Madison confides in Luke some of her past struggles—her near-drowning as a teenager, the death of her parents, her broken engagement. Although Luke has made the commitment to remain single, he is drawn to Madison and prays for her.
The suspense builds. Madison is kidnapped, and Nathan and Chloe receive a ransom note. Who would kidnap Madison? Where is she? How can they find her without involving the police?
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” is a verse that helps Madison get through her ordeal.
I loved the characters of Madison and Luke, and especially their faith and trust in God.
I don’t want to spoil the plot, but there is a happy ending for this novel classified as both suspense thriller and romance.