Teacher Beware (Grace Ellery Romantic Suspense, #1) by Charlotte Raine


The author sent me a copy of this book (pdf format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  4  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

Thirty-one year old Grace Ellery survived being stabbed multiple times in Ohio. Two years later, she moves to Murray, Virginia to get a new lease on life.

On her first day of substitute teaching, her new life is nearly cut short when she finds herself in the middle of a shooting that leaves a married couple dead. Luckily, she is saved by Sam Meadows, a cardiologist, but the shooter has disappeared by the time the police come around.

When the shooter tries to kill Grace again, Sam and Grace realize that the killer won’t stop until she is dead. With a killer who has nothing to lose, the question isn’t if the killer will attack again, but when and who will be in the crosshairs. A romance/murder-mystery wrapped in the aspects of life: love, family, forgiveness, danger, and death.


Genre(s):  Romantic Suspense

Series:  Grace Ellery Romantic Suspense Series, #1

Length:  288 pages

Release date:  2014-12-08



I tune the radio to the alternative rock station. As soon as I turn off Wollstone Street, every car seems to drive out of suburbia and right in front of me. Of course, fate wouldn’t be kind to me.


My Opinion

Teacher Beware introduces the readers to the three main characters. Taking turns, Grace, Sam and Deke tell us about their lives – not only about current events, we also learn about their past. The table of content seemed confusing at first glance, I can assure you, that this book has a pleasant flow. The individual chapters are not too long, the respective header shows you unmistakably the current narrator and the time she or he is telling about.

With Teacher Beware, Charlotte Raine has created a different approach on telling the first part of a new series. Teacher Beware is a well balanced romantic suspense read with believable characters. Charlotte Raine slowly reveals her characters story; despite my wanting to know that the killer is stopped, I didn’t mind the sedate pace – it is just right. I was drawn into the story, a luckily invisible observer. Teacher Beware is a good read for romantic suspense fans, who like to read about human behaviour.

This is a very pleasant read, the promising start of a series.


In brief:

Plot Some twists
Mood Dark
Pace Slow
Characters Developed


About the author

Charlotte Raine is the author of several romantic suspense books with more on the way. She worked in marketing and advertising for 15 years before focusing on her true passion, telling great stories. Charlotte gets inspiration for her writing from the scenic but serene mountains around her home in Vail, Colorado.

When she is not writing you will find her after a long day of skiing at one of the many lodges in Vail. She will most likely be next to a warm fire, drinking a glass of wine and telling stories.


Connect with the Author:


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Teacher Beware?  Or – if you did not yet read Teacher Beware  – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Teacher Beware was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂




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