“The Dark Guest” ~ a review and giveaway (ends 10/18/22)

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My friends! If you enjoy spy thrillers you are going to love the new book I’ve gotten to read! JustRead sent me an e-copy of Sarah Hamaker’s The Dark Guest, and it was gripping, fascinating, and something that kept me turning the pages–quickly! Keep reading for more on the book, plus my own thoughts, and your chance to enter to win book swag goodies!

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for The Dark Guest by Sarah Hamaker, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Title: The Dark Guest Series: The Cold War Legacy #1 Author: Sarah Hamaker Publisher: Seshva Press LLC Release Date: May 15, 2022 Genre: Christian, Romantic Suspense The Cold War is over, but The Wolf is still at the door. When Violet Lundy isn’t cleaning rooms at Happy Hills Assisted Living Facility, she loves spending her free time with resident Rainer Kopecek. Hearing his stories of the dangerous life he led behind the Iron Curtain in East Berlin makes her own life seem more tolerable. But when Rainer is found dead and his room in disarray, Violet suspects foul play. Dr. Henry Silverton lives among his books, teaching and writing about the Cold War. A letter about an East German traitor known only as “The Wolf” propels Henry out of academia and into Violet’s life. Together, they embark on a perilous quest to uncover the truth about Rainer’s death and the traitor’s identity. Can Violet and Henry uncover the secrets of the past before one of them ends up as The Wolf’s next victim?

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Sarah Hamaker loves writing books “where the hero and heroine fall in love while running for their lives.” She’s written romantic suspense novels and nonfiction books, as well as stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul volumes. As a writers coach, her heart is encouraging writers. She’s a member of ACFW; ACFW Virginia Chapter; and Faith, Hope and Love, as well as the president of Capital Christian Writers Fellowship. Her podcast, “The Romantic Side of Suspense,” can be found wherever you listen to podcasts. Sarah lives in Virginia with her husband, four teenagers, a preschool foster child and three cats.

Visit her online at sarahhamakerfiction.com.


(1) winner will receive a copy of The Dark Guest (print or ebook, winner’s choice), a 20 oz Wolf Tumbler-Stainless Steel Travel Mug With Lid And Straw, a Wolf Wristlet Keychain, an assortment of specialty teas, a The Dark Guest tote, and The Dark Guest notebook.

(1) additional winner will receive an ebook copy of The Dark Guest, a Wolf Wristlet Keychain, an assortment of specialty teas, and The Dark Guest notebook.

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight October 11, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on October 18, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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My thoughts about this book

Plans within plans within plans.

An innocent (or perhaps not so innocent?) young woman. A former missionary kid who’s now a history prof teaching at one of Washington’s best-known universities. A senator who might be tapped as the next United States Secretary of State. They’re connected in ways that they don’t know yet; but a powerful and dangerous person is trying to discern that connection. And taking lives is something that the Wolf has never been squeamish about doing.

Author Sarah Hamaker’s book description–and setting–told me everything I needed to know about reading her book. I’ve been fascinated with Cold War fiction since I was in high school. And while we as a nation have moved on from that era on the world stage (supposedly, anyway!), those novels still intrigue me. And it continues to be easy to imagine that those who have treacherous secrets from those years–especially state secrets–would do anything to keep them secret.

Violet and Henry have stumbled into this world. Henry’s classes do cover the Cold War, but he never imagined that he’d actually become a pawn in a terrifying game of chess that involves spies, the Stasi, and their victims. And Violet? She’d just been doing her job, and in that befriending an old man in an assisted living facility. When Mr. Kopacek suddenly dies, Violet’s and Henry’s lives are thrown into a rollercoaster at high speed, following clues and events to try to figure out why they themselves are suddenly in danger.

But then, there’s the attraction that’s developing between the two of them. And there’s Violet’s family secret that she’s quite sure will drive away any potential suitors she’d become interested in. But more danger is ahead than they can imagine, and they’ll need each other to make it through. The main question is, however–will they make it through, alive?

Don’t miss this fantastic Cold War thriller. Sarah Hamaker weaves a fantastic tale of love, betrayal, danger, and the secrets of the past, which suddenly begin to affect the present. You won’t be able to put it down!

Enjoy!m –Wren

Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

11 thoughts on ““The Dark Guest” ~ a review and giveaway (ends 10/18/22)

    • I am right there with you!! I can’t even tell you how consumed my imagination was with the Cold War and all its participants. But I really knew less about East Germany and its history. You made it fascinating and accessible. Looking forward to seeing more from you, Sarah! 😊

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