Finders Keepers by Sarah Monzon + Giveaway

Title:  Finders Keepers
Series: Carrington Family, Book 1
Author: Sarah Monzon
Publisher:  Radiant Publications
Release Date:  May 23, 2016
Genre: Dual Contemporary/Historical Christian Fiction

1698, Spain
The same evil that stole her mother’s life stalks Isabella Castellano. Afraid for her safety and with no one to help her, Isabella disguises herself as a cabin boy and hires on to one of His Majesty’s treasure fleet vessels. But has her flight from a known threat only led her to be ensnared in a sea of dangers?

Present Day, Florida
Summer Arnet will go anywhere to capture the perfect shot that will get her marine photography noticed by the prestigious natural magazine, Our World—even diving in waters haunted by Great White sharks. When a treasure hunter with a ladies’ man reputation 
approaches her about a sunken ship at one of her past dive locations, it might be the chance she’s been looking for to launch her career…if his charming smile doesn’t derail her first.

 A past tragedy has left a hole in Trent Carrington’s life—a hole he’s tried to fill with women, money, and adventure. Could the feisty marine photographer be the missing piece or will Trent finally accept that the treasure he seeks can’t be found where rust and moths destroy? Three lives. Three hundred years. One ship that ties them together.

Now tell me how one story can wrap you in from the very beginning? Well, Sarah Monzon has clearly raise the rankings on my internal authors list. Finders Keepers being her sophomore novel, it's so different from The Isaac Project, which by the way, I loved (click on the title to see my review); that I was not expecting it to be. OK. I am at a lost of words.  Like The Isaac Project, I was invested from the beginning with Isabella in 1689. Yes, 1689. And you thought this was a contemporary story. Well, it is.  We then meet Summer in the present, and the "epitome of a Norse god incarnate" better known as "Thor's twin."  The initial scene between Summer and Trent was definitely smile-worthy.  Really? So early on? What am I going to do when I have to, say work.  Unfortunately for me, I had to put Finders Keepers down for a few hours before picking it back up, but needless to say, I was hooked.

Sarah has a way with her writing that makes it witty and comical, yet still manage to get down to the nitty gritty profundity of relationships with each other and God. She's able to draw out such wisdom in her characters' dialogues, that as readers, are more than benefited by it, but to be able to show such intricacy of emotions as well. Well, that solidify her name on my must read list for sure.  The storyline of Finders Keepers is fresh as we delve into the lives of these characters from different periods in time, and still find commonality that ties them all together. Refreshing and delightful. I would highly recommend, and even consider asking Sarah to try her hand on a full historical novel!

NOTE:  I received a digital ARC of this book through Singing Librarian Book Tours for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.




Sarah Monzon is a pastor’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world.  Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters.  When she isn’t in the world of make believe, she can be found in a small desert town in central Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.

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  1. Rachel, I love this one. That first scene.. between Trent & Summer...yummy. go check out MeezCarrie 's review. I love it!

  2. Sarah has a way with her writing that makes it witty and comical, yet still manage to get down to the nitty gritty profundity of relationships with each other and God. -- YES! I so agree! Well-said!! And I also agree that Sarah should try for a full historical, that thread was so exquisitely written :) Great review as always, my friend!

  3. Thank you for hosting me, Annie, and for this review. I have a feeling I'll be reading it over and over when those writerly doubts plague me. :)

  4. Thanks Carrie! I can always count on you to make me blush! ;)

  5. O, Sarah, THANK YOU for dropping in! I love your books, 2 for 2! I'm honored to be among your cheerleaders!

  6. Finders Keepers is definitely in my TBR after hearing all about it at the facebook party!


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