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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
A Firm Place to Stand by Lori Altebaumer is a Christian fiction story. Maribel’s life hasn’t exactly run very smoothly and several bad decisions have haunted her. One of those bad decisions resulted in an innocent family paying the price and Maribel needs to get away. Thinking she is being stalked, she heads to a remote ranch in Texas, to a camp called Pool of Siloam, where she hopes to find the peace she needs. But things don’t ever go that smoothly and, while trying to find a missing teenager and help another one, she falls headfirst into danger. She is thrown into the path of Conner Pierce when she finds a body in the river and she will be forced to confront her past, to face up to the lies that have held her together. It’s time for Maribel to stop running and start facing the future if she is going to find the courage she needs to save a life.
A Firm Place to Stand is the debut novel from Lori Altebaumer and it’s a pretty good start. The tone is set on the first page as we dive straight into the action. The story runs smoothly, with a few twists and turns and plenty going on to keep you reading. The characters are well-developed, likable, and you do find yourself rooting for both Maribel and Conner – you desperately want her to find the peace she deserves. It’s not what I would call a high-action novel but it is steady and it doesn’t deviate from the plot. And it does hold your interest all the way through, the mark of a good author. A good story recommended for those that want something different to while away a pleasant few hours on a rainy day.