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A fun romantic suspense with 2 characters on the opposite ends with one whose father was murdered and the other whose father was the murderer. The premise itself was quite intriguing.
Brenna, a single mother fighting for the custody of her kids, whose preacher father was killed and Nate, a smoke jumper who spent his life fighting fires, whose father had apparently killed the preacher and was now pardoned after 14 years of prison. Brenna and Nate were high school sweethearts whose love ended with their fathers. Now one was back proclaiming his innocence. Nate wanted to investigate into it as well as explore his feelings for Brenna.
My first book by author Terri Blackstock was a smooth read with clear emotions. The plot which could have been murky was treated with great suspense and I found myself slowly being pulled into the story. I didn’t like Brenna she drank too much. A single mother who was near alcoholic put me off.
But Nate was equally endearing pulling my emotions in a positive way. I read his parts with great enthusiasm. He was intelligent and brave and had quite the guts to pursue his romance with Brenna as well as investigate into a crime which took place nearly 15 years ago.
Fast paced, thanks to Nate, the story was on point without meandering. Written in dual POV, I could get an idea of their emotions. The author was quite a story teller keeping a balance between romance and suspense without it becoming overly scorching.
I enjoyed it. A sweet read, would recommend it between intense books.
I received a free ARC from NetGalley and publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.
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Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over six million copies sold worldwide. She is the winner of two Carol Awards, a Christian Retailers Choice Award, and a Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, among others. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist.
One father was murdered. Another was convicted of his death. All because their children fell in love.
Nate Beckett has spent his life fighting wildfires instead of the lies and rumors that drove him from his Colorado hometown. His mother begs him to come back now that his father has been released from prison, but it isn’t until he’s sidelined by an injury that he’s forced to return and face his past. But that means facing Brenna too.
Fourteen years ago, Nate was in love with the preacher’s daughter. When Pastor Strickland discovered Brenna defied him to sneak out with Nate, the fight between Strickland and Nate’s drunken dad was loud—and very public. Strickland was found murdered later that night, and everyone accused Roy Beckett. When the church burned down not long after, people assumed Nate set the fire to get even for his father’s conviction. He let the rumors fly and left town without looking back.
Brenna is stunned to learn that the man convicted of murdering her father has been pardoned. The events of that night set her life on a bad course, and now she’s fighting a brutal custody battle with her ex and his new wife where he’s using lies and his family’s money to sway the judge. Brenna is barely hanging on, and she’s turned to alcohol to cope. Shame and fear consume her.
As Nate and Brenna deal with the present—including new information about that fateful night and a wildfire that’s threatening their town—the past keeps igniting. Nate is the steady force Brenna has so desperately needed. But she’ll have to learn to trust him again first.
Publication Date: 5th November 2019
Publisher: Thomas Nelson