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Reluctant Smuggler
by Jill Elizabeth Nelson

Reviewed by Dale Lewis

"...filled with increasing faith, fun-filled romance and unbelievable intrigue. [Nelson's] writing is crisp, clean and convincing"

The new assignment appeared simple enough to security consultant Desiree Jacobs — confiscate an ancient Mayan artifact and then turn it over to the “good guys” to get her company the security contract for the high profile museum. This would leave her with just enough time to plan her wedding to the debonair, ultra-sweet FBI agent, Tony Lucano. Unfortunately, disaster seems to dog Desi no matter where she goes, and both she and Tony are placed in immediate danger. Thus begins the fast-paced tale of international espionage within the pages of The Reluctant Smuggler. Be assured you will be turning the pages rapidly, late into the night or early in the morning, to see how it turns out.

Nelson’s book is filled with increasing faith, fun-filled romance and unbelievable intrigue. Her writing is crisp, clean and convincing. She tosses in a spoonful or two of humor within the lovers’ dialogue. Descriptive details are not an afterthought to Jill Elizabeth Nelson. They are simply part of her writing style. The introduction of Tony's mom is a charming addition. How Desi and Gina bond is important to how she heals from all the stress and baggage in her life.

There is a noticeable section in the middle of the story where the romance grabs the spotlight and the action subsides . . . but when it gets started again, it moves quickly, right up to the satisfying conclusion.

My only disappointment was that the issue of human trafficking was only briefly touched on in the storyline. Although the reader doesn’t need a 3-point sermon on this demeaning social issue, I would have appreciated more integration and explanation.

Without a doubt, The Reluctant Smuggler, is a terrific read. She has gained another fan here in the land of 10,000 lakes.

Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.