"Rising Darkness" by Nancy Mehl is the third novel in the Sanctuary series. It also incorporates the Kingdom series. I love that she decided to write about Sophie from Kingdom. You remember her. The weird, hateful girl with the horrible parents. Sophie has become tired of being that girl from Kingdom and has reinvented herself. She has a job as a food critic for a St Louis paper, but has dreams of being an investigative reporter. She has a lead on a cold case of two robbers/killers that may be hiding out in Sanctuary. She goes undercover to root them out. Only to discover Jonathan, the love (from afar) of her life has taken up residence there. Sophie has changed so much, that even Jonathan doesn't recognize her. Sophie begins a delicate tight walk of finding the story and dealing with the hurt of her past that Sanctuary keeps reminding her of.
Mehl just gets better with each novel. Sophie is such a great, realistic character. She wasn't covered deeply in Kingdom, but here we get to know her and her past. Mehl develops her characters more with each novel. I give this one 5 stars. I don't know what I'm going to do with the next one. Have to readjust my rating scale I guess. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from Bethany House Publishers.