Falls Like Lightning by Shawn Grady is the story of smokejumper Silas Kent and his ex-girlfriend Elle Westmore. Not having seen each other since his sudden departure several years before, they are caught off guard when he’s called to lead a team to fight a massive fire in the Sierra Nevadas, and she’s called to fly them in.
Complicating matters for Elle are her concern for her young daughter who has been suffering from sudden seizures and her reluctance to fly over the area where her father’s plane mysteriously disappeared never to be found a few years before. With thousands of homes at risk, though, Elle must put her personal feelings aside and serve as only she can.
Falls Like Lightning is an action-adventure suspense novel with just a touch of romance. I had trouble following at first; the story was there, but character development was indistinct. Elle was easy to follow because she was the only main female character. But, at first, I kept getting Silas and Caleb confused. Bo’s sudden entrance came out of left field and made me wonder if I’d accidently picked up another book. Once everyone got on the plane and started their flight over the Sierra Nevadas, though, it all became mostly clear.
I liked the story overall. I don’t recall seeing much of God in it, which surprises me coming from Bethany House. It's a good, clean story written by a Christian author. Two people with extraordinary careers found each other again, overcame great difficulties, and lived happily ever after. The end.
Bethany House Publishers sent a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.