Tension and intrigue abound in Abston’s deeply engrossing latest installment in A Dying Truth Exposed series. Annabelle is settling in beautifully with John and her Cherokee family, navigating the role of a young mother. When an unexpected tragedy befalls, threatening the safety of the family, Annabelle knows she must brace herself for further struggle. And Indian Agents are still on the couple’s trail. Abston skillfully evokes the historical elements while capturing the spirit of the quaint little community of Tahlequah with its intriguing Indian culture. His depiction of individual angst and human drama is enlivened by sharply drawn, intriguing cast of memorable characters, particularly Lisa, whose struggle with her relentless trauma pulls the reader headlong into the story. Annabelle is as endearing as ever and leaves a definite impression. Abston’s writing is assured and prose crisp as he weaves in complex, relevant themes of love, family, individual struggle, self-reflection, and second chances. As relentless hurdles begin to unravel Annabelle and John’s lives, Abston skillfully retches up the tension and pulls off a surprising yet heartening ending. Part historical fiction and part human drama, this poignant story about finding strength and the power of familial bonds makes for a compulsively readable tale.