CrossReaders Book Review: Wren’s Nest   by Deanne Durrett

CrossReaders Book Review: Wren’s Nest by Deanne Durrett

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Title: Wren’s Nest

Author: Deanne Durrett

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Awakened by frantic pounding, Joe Chandler opens his door to a blast of wind and rain and
two strangers on his front porch. The young man says, “Blake Adams said you’d
help us. I’ve been praying hard as I know how that he was right.” Hearing his
old friend’s name, Joe invites them in and as they step into the lighted room,
he realizes that the young woman is in labor and about to deliver. Joe draws on
his experience as an ex-cop to assist in the birth and as the newborn takes his
first breath, Joe vows to protect the child and his mother from whatever drove
them to his door.

As the story unfolds, Sherman Taylor tells Joe that he is trying to protect his sister after
a surrogate mother deal went bad and their unscrupulous lawyer-uncle named her
as the substitute surrogate. Sherman leaves Loren and her baby in Joe’s care
and returns to Phoenix. Before long he finds evidence that hired thugs are
after Loren’s baby. They will stop at nothing and they’re on their way to
Myrtle Hill. Joe and his team of retired cops spring into action. They don’t
know who is coming, or how soon, but trouble’s on the way. They plan to fortify
Joe’s cottage they’ve dubbed the Wren’s Nest and stand guard round the clock.
No one can come or go without their knowledge and they’re sure Loren (the wren)
is safe in the nest… but is she? This suspenseful tale has twists and turns
and the challenge of the unexpected.



Wren’s Nest by Deanne Durrett is a great story of love, the love one gives and receives through helping others. Joe Chandler is fast asleep when a very loud knocking on his front door awakens him. He opens the door to find a young man and woman soaked to the skin in the driving rain. As they enter the house, Joe realizes that the woman is in labor but he is an ex-cop and has delivered babies before. The young man tells Joe that Blake Adams in Phoenix sent them. With this information Joe relaxes and gets everything ready for the impending birth. The young couple are brother and sister, Loren and Sherman, and they are fleeing from their lawyer uncle who has substituted Loren as a surrogate mother due to the disappearance of the original surrogate mother. After Joe learned that Sherman was Loren’s brother then he just assumed she was a single mother. Loren assured him that she was married and that her husband was in the Air Force Special Ops somewhere in the Middle East.

Deanne did an excellent job in the development of all elements of this story. Each character was so well developed that I felt as if they were close friends. Well the lawyer uncle would never be a friend but he was also so well written that one could not help but greatly dislike him, even feel a little hate, and have the desire to toss him in jail and throw away the key. The scenes were so descriptive that during the birth of the baby I could almost feel Loren’s pain and then her joy when the baby was placed in her arms. There were several twists and turns in the plot and each one seemed to be more suspenseful than the next. While reading everything that Joe and his retired cop buddies were doing to protect Loren and the baby, I did a lot of nail biting and sitting on the edge of my chair. Matilda, Joe’s neighbor and friend, added a lot of love to the story but she also was the cause of a great deal of danger and fear. The story has a happy ending and even a surprise at the very end of the story, at least it was a surprise for me. I really appreciated the way the author showed through the main characters, the importance of prayer and how helping others brings happiness to the one being helped as well as to the one doing the helping. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the Phoenix Connection Series about Joe Chandler and his retired cop buddies.

I definitely recommend this book to all readers who enjoy a clean and suspenseful story with strong Christian values and enough romance to be interesting.

Thanks to the author, Deanne Durrett, for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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This review was submitted by: Deanna Gottreu – please visit her website at

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