No Turning Back by Katie Vorreiter: Book Review with Celebrate Lit
About the Book
Book: No Turning Back
Author: Katie Vorreiter
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: December, 2016
Chronic panic attacks have stolen Livvy Fischer’s classically trained soprano voice and derailed her life. Due partly to a mix-up, partly to her crush on Pastor Lucas, Livvy joins a worship team bound for the chapel at San Quentin. But when a full-scale riot breaks out, she is separated from Lucas and the rest of her group. Survival becomes this song bird’s sole focus.
Snatched from the chapel by an inmate, Livvy doesn’t know who to trust. Tobin says he’s protecting her, but she’s been blindsided before. She struggles to put her trust in God, while all too aware that free will can wreak horrible consequences. Tobin wants her to hide and ride out the prison storm, but Livvy becomes the obsession of another inmate who is a serial killer. Will God protect her? Will Tobin?
It’s one thing if Tobin is turning his life around behind bars. It’s quite another to fall for him.
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Captivating from the very beginning! Once I picked up No Turning Back, there was no putting it down. Livvy has a hard road ahead of her, but then again, she’s trying to leave a hard road behind. In what seems like a no-win situation, Livvy just might learn what it’s like to live life with the understanding that God is always with us, especially in our darkest hours.
Livvy is a little bit judgy, but let’s be honest in the fact that judging others is a problem every one of us must learn how to overcome. Livvy also has a past trauma that prejudices her against Tobin and everyone else in San Quentin. She struggles to see Tobin as anything other than a convict. Despite his honorable actions and his saving her life, Livvy sees Tobin as them – a convict, an inmate, someone who doesn’t deserve her trust or God’s love. He lost his chance when he broke the law, right?
I’m afraid that’s not how love works.
You can read the book for yourself and see if Livvy figures that out.
Tobin is one of those heroes you want to wrap up and keep in your heart forever. His ability to adapt to each situation and help Livvy work through her fears and prejudices gave me chills. Wonderful character depth all the way around.
Everything felt so real. Offering detailed setting and myriad unforgettable characters, No Turning Back will hold you captive.
Setting a novel during a riot ensured there would be plenty of action, drama, and a chance for redemption. If you enjoy a good action-packed redemptive love story, think Con-Air with a Christian flare, then you will love this story.
I requested a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
Katie Vorreiter is an award-winning writer and copyeditor. She makes her home in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two children rapidly morphing into young adults, and a ridiculously adorable cockapoo. No Turning Back is her debut novel.
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I’m often asked where on earth I came up with the premise of No Turning Back. My good friend and pastor had me spellbound with his stories of taking softball teams into San Quentin, the maximum security prison for men. What a ministry! He had a few funny tales, but what stood out to me were the cautions the team was given upon entry: they had to sign a form acknowledging that in the event they were taken hostage, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation would not negotiate for their release.
That got me thinking about what it would be like for a woman in such a situation. There are female corrections officers, certainly, as well as woman food service workers and volunteers in a range of capacities. But I wanted a true fish-out-of-water character, and thus Livvy was born. Because of a terrible event in her past, she’s hypervigilant about her personal security. She’s also tiny and, of all things, an opera soprano.
Once I had my Livvy, I threw her into a full-scale riot at a men’s correctional facility. Poor thing. But, of course, she’s got God on her side, and he tends to tip the scales. Yet, as all Christ followers are aware, prayer, even unto the God of the universe, is not a get-out-of-jail-free card. Pun intended. We know—all too painfully sometimes—that Jesus was right when he said we’ll have troubles here on earth. God is with us through the storm and works all things together for good, but there’s no guarantee that he’ll remove the storm and it’s often hard to see the good when we’re in the middle of not-so-good.
What role, then, does prayer have in the face of the free will of a person intent on evil? If you want to know the answer, read the book. Just kidding. The story is a fast, fun ride and delves into some deep areas, but I don’t pretend to answer the questions of the ages. If you like chewing on these kinds of issues—on your own or with friends—check out the No Turning Back discussion questions on my website.
Don’t worry: the story isn’t all dark. In most situations, I can’t stay serious for long, so you’ll find some humor, as well as not one but two hunky romantic options. I really hope you like it. If you want to chat, drop me a note on Facebook or on my website.