Book Review: Desert Shadows by Emilie Richards



Desert Shadows by Emilie Richards

Palm Spring Confidential Series, Book 1

Romantic Suspense


A Nun With A Gun

Sister Felicia dislikes the serene life at the Blessed Garden Convent, most especially the goats. Instead of obedience and prayer, every night she escapes her room to make sure a visiting nun, Sister Mary Grace, survives her stay unharmed.

When a mysterious vagrant arrives to assist the convent caretaker, Sister Felicia goes on high alert. Is this man something more than he seems, something deadly and dangerous?

Josiah Gallagher has his own concerns. Who is the beautiful young nun who prowls the ground when the rest of the nuns are sleeping? The nun who removes her homespun robe to swim naked in the convent spring?

When Sister Felicia is kidnapped by mysterious assailants, Gallagher comes to the rescue. Stranded in the desert, they are forced to rely on each other for survival. Sister Felicia’s courage convinces Gallagher she is more than she seems. She reluctantly comes to the same conclusion about him.

As their pasts and missions entwine, they must work together to guarantee their safety and that of Sister Mary Grace. Will the attraction simmering between them be the answer to a prayer or a curse?

This is a reissue of a romantic suspense novel originally published by Silhouette Books. (1991)




I enjoyed the romance and the mystery. I liked how they were so very similar; very independent, work-addicted, wary of each other. Though they didn’t trust each other, she had to rely on him to escape the desert and he recognized her determination and strength. Neither wanted a relationship yet couldn’t stay away. The worked very well together to find Sister Mary Grace.  This is a reissue from 1991, yet it reads current.

Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (March 27, 2022)

ARC provided by author

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The Original Cover


EmilieEmilie Richards is the USA Today bestselling author of seventy plus novels in several different genres including romance, mystery and women’s fiction. Published in more than twenty-one countries and sixteen languages, her most recent novel is The Swallow’s Nest, a June 2017 trade paperback and hardcover release from Mira Books. She’s won the RITA from Romance Writers of America and multiple awards from RT Book Reviews, including one for career achievement. Ten of her books have been made into television movies in Germany.

Emilie finds relationships of all kinds intriguing and perplexing, and exploring that great diversity of possibilities is her passion. Having lived in nine states and briefly in Australia, she’s also determined to discover how the places we live help make us the people we are.

Right now Emilie divides her time between Sarasota, Florida and Chautauqua, New York, when she and her husband aren’t visiting their four children and grandchildren.









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