Book Review: Emeralds and Espionage by Lynn Gardner

emeraldsTitle : Emeralds and Espionage

Author: Lynn Gardner

Series: Gems and Espionage (book 1)

Publisher: Covenant Communications

Release Date: March 1, 1995

Book Summary: 

Allison Alexander, home in California on a brief vacation from her work at the United Nations, is shot at and pursued by mysterious intruders who have taken over the estate on which she and her mother have lived as caretakers since Allison was a child. Thus begins a terror-filled week during which she discovers that nearly everyone she loves is involved in some way with an international espionage ring – but are they the good guys or the bad guys?

Is Bart, the man she has loved since they played together as children, a secret government agent – or does he answer to an underworld crime boss? If she doesn’t go along with his unbelievable scheme, will it cost them their lives? Does he really love her, or is he just using her? One by one, Allison uncovers a host of mysterious secrets – and just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, there’s another surprise to keep you guessing.

This is a book to read when you’ve got all night, because you won’t want to put it down. Heart-stopping entertainment for anyone who enjoys great romantic thriller.




I have been aware of this book for many years and even had it on my bookshelf for a number of years. Finally I picked it up, and I enjoyed reading it. The plot and rising action drew me in and made it hard to put the book down at time. But, as I read I felt like something was missing, something that would have made it a great book and not just a good book. I have not been able to put my finger on exactly what it was missing. Perhaps a little more background to establish the characters, to round them out more. 
As I started to read, I thought I might have been mistaken in thinking it was part of the LDS romantic thriller genre. The fantasy element (some telepathic communication) threw me a bit and at first I didn’t see any LDS elements. Later on in the book I found that the genre was correct, but it just didn’t quite fit what I had expected. 
At the end of the book I was left with some questions, which I assume are answered in the other books in the series. 

Rating: 3.5 Stars – Good Book

Content: Clean – some violence and mentions of smoking, recommended for ages 12+

Source: My bookshelf – not sure when or where I acquired it.

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  1. I have loved this series of books. My daughter and friend got me to read them. Have read them more than once. They all have violence because they are dealing with terrorists.

  2. love those books too! My sister and I have read them multiple times.