Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Mayan Intrigue book review

Mayan Intrigue
Linda Weaver Clarke
The Adventures of John and Julia Evans

One thing I admire about Linda Weaver Clarke’s writing is that she desires to put the reader right there with her characters by describing the setting so well that you are swept away. From page one Linda eloquently describes in interesting details the surroundings and the feelings of her characters. I love when I begin reading a book and am taken in!
John and Julia are on a much needed ‘working vacation’ without their 3 daughters, just the couple in the beautiful Yucatan Peninsula. Julia is on assignment for her local newspaper the Dixie Chronicle to write about the ruins and the ancient peoples. Their friend Paul, archeologist is along for the journey as well.. he kind of invited himself but who could blame him, this is the Mayan ruins!
As with many investigative reporters, Julia is eager to find out about the mysteries surrounding the Mayan culture, but also anything that seems out of the ordinary around her. She tends to have a nose for discovering the things that people are trying to keep hidden, and that includes the people in their native land. Soon Julia and John find themselves in the middle of more than they bargained for on this ‘vacation’ and are both in danger.
I have to be really selective in the books I read. I guess you could say I am a author’s dream reader as I get very wrapped up in my reading, and internalize the events of the book. What I love about Linda’s books is that the relationships in the book are God honoring and real. No sticky, fake love scenes, but real to life love between a married couple. I loved that in her first book, and she continues to epitomize what true Christian marriage should look like in a novel. So thankful to have not only that, but a great mystery to go along with it. The relationships and the communication between the characters is top notch. Add the detailed places and actions.. and in exciting wording, Linda Weaver Clarke has continued the series with John and Julia with interest and desire for more!
My top reasons you should pick up a copy of this book:
*Visually pleasing details transport you to Yucatan Peninsula
*Romantic love connection between married John and Julia
*Honest, real relationships
*God honoring
*Intriguing mystery
*More books in the series
*historically detailed

Linda graciously sent me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am super excited to continue the series in her next book.


  1. I have this one on my Kindle and I'm trying to get to it. Thanks for the great review. It makes me want to read it even more now. Hopefully my schedule will calm down a bit.

  2. Very nice review. I will add this to my book list to read.


    Tom Blubaugh, Author
    Night of the Cossack

  3. Hang on - this is a series? How have I missed this. Your review is fabulous and I am seriously interested. Besides that - I lived in Belize for awhile and became very familiar with the Mayan culture (then and now) and with the ruins as well. I am so on board!

  4. Thanks so much for the review of Mayan Intrigue. All of Linda's books sound fascinating. I can't wait to read them.

  5. Dana this is only the 2nd of 4! The first one was local but still fascinating. Linda does much research for the history of her novels and they are really great!

  6. This sounds like a fun book. I'm going to have to add it to my to be read list. Thanks for reviewing it.

  7. Linda is a talented author, and I am delighted to read such a nice review. I enjoyed her previous book and am looking forward to reading the rest.

  8. I read the first one and can hardly wait to get the next ones. I like her books for the same reasons you mentioned. It's great to have a clean, decent book to read.

  9. Melanie...what an awesome review! i so much love a book i can get lost in, i almost don't like reading one that doesn't do that for me...lucky for us, there's Linda to keep our anticipation up. Thanks for the review!

  10. On my TBR list too! Congratulations, Linda--keep up the good writing!

  11. I agree--while I have only read the first in the series, I can't agree more!

  12. A wholesome inspirational novel filled with romance, adventure and intrigue sounds wonderful to me.

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  14. Sounds like a great book! My hsuband and I have traveled to the Mayan Riviera a couple times, and I have an interest in Mayan culture. I read "A Tourist in the Yucatan" and another one I can't remember the name. I see it's on Amazon, so I'll add this to my list!