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Wednesday, October 12, 2022

My Thoughts - The Dark Guest Written by Sarah Hamaker


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.

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My Thoughts

The Dark Guest is book one in the Cold War Legacy series that is written by Sarah Hamaker. I love all things espionage/spying related. I have my Master’s in Military History and my Master Thesis was on the use of Women and African Americans as spies during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. I always love reading about the use of spies and their missions so this book drew me in immediately. The Cold War is a war that I am not as familiar with. It’s a war that not many talk about and some may consider a blip in our history. It is an important war. 

Violet has been working cleaning rooms for a retirement home when she comes in contact with resident Rainer Kopecek. She loves hearing his stories and over her time there she purposely cleans his room last so that she can sit and listen to his stories. He starts to talk to her in weird words that she does not fully understand. Then he passes away and Violet finds herself the sudden heir to his will and all of his earthly inheritance. 

Dr. Henry Silverton  has studied the Cold War and written about it. However, he receives a letter from Rainer letting him know that his research is not all right. Henry travels to the retirement facility to meet with Rainer. When he arrives he finds out that Rainer has passed away. Suddenly Violet anad Henry start receiving threatening phone calls. They are warned to drop whatever Rainer has told them. 

Violet and Henry are now in a race to find out what Rainer’s cryptic messages that were left behind. Whoever is behind the threats will stop at nothing to stop them. This book was so full of action, suspense and so much more. I could not read fast enough. 

I cannot wait until the next book in the series. The author did a fantastic job with her research and I learned so much. The characters are well developed and the storyline is intriguing. 

Thank you to the author, publisher and JustRead Publicity Tours for allowing me to read a copy of this book - all thoughts are my own.


(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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  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. This sounds like a story I'd enjoy.

  2. Connie, Thank you for sharing your excellent review. The Dark Guest sounds like a page-turner.