About the Book
Author: Robin Patchen
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release date: July 13, 2021
From a USA Today bestselling author comes book three in the addictive Coventry Saga.
Her invention could save thousands of lives…if she can survive to long enough to share it.
Jacqui’s research could lead to a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, and she’s determined to ensure the technology goes to the company with the best shot at creating life-saving products, not just the highest bidder. When her lab is broken into, she realizes her partner is desperate to get his hands on her research and the money it’ll bring. Jacqui goes into hiding, planning to lie low until she can find a buyer who lives up to her expectations.
Reid’s life is all about protecting his daughter, but when she leaves for a month to visit her mother, he finds himself at loose ends. The pretty new manager at the ice cream shop seems like a good diversion, but he soon realizes there’s more to Jacqui than doling out scoops of rocky road. When he senses danger, he’s tempted to step away—he won’t allow any threat to come near his daughter—but how can he turn his back on a woman in danger, one he’s coming to care for?
Jacqui’s former partner is closing in and getting more desperate by the day. He’ll stop at nothing to get the payout he feels he deserves.
Join Jacqui and Reid as they navigate this pulse-pounding, faith-filled adventure into the high-stakes world of medical research, innovation, and greed.
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This novel is one of suspense and interesting character development. The suspense results from the turmoil over a cutting edge invention. Jacqui, the one who invented it, wants to see it used for the welfare of mankind more than for her own wealth. Suspense occurs when others are desperate for the money the invention could bring, desperate enough to kill for it.
The character develop centers around making decisions. Jacqui decides to make the benefit of mankind her primary concern for the life saving invention. Her friend, Reid, also has a troublesome decision to make regarding his daughter. His ex-wife wants more involvement in the child's life. Reid really has to work through past hurts and the scars he still has from the time she abandoned them. Forgiveness is difficult for him.
I had a little trouble finding Jacqui and Reid engaging characters. Jacqui is a scientist yet she makes more decisions based on emotion than logic. Reid is fixed on his pain and, though he is a Christian, is not willing to see how God might have changed his ex-wife. Jacqui and Reid have some testy discussions. I had trouble believing the two of them would make a good couple.
This novel is a good one for readers who like suspense and relationship issues requiring character growth.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author
More from Robin
It’s funny how the themes of my novels often present themselves when I’m in the thick of writing them. I thought Betrayal of Genius was going to be about Luke 12:48 and the old idiom, “To whom much is given, much is required.”
And the novel is about that. To a degree.
But as I wrote the manuscript, another theme worked up to the surface, revealing itself a little at a time. It started with the hero.
Reid is a single parent raising his six-year-old daughter, Ella, who was kidnapped and, thankfully, rescued the previous summer. He was protective before. Now he’s downright obsessive about his child’s safety. Sending her to spend a month in California with her mother seems about as natural as his ex’s hair color.
So the story is a little about Reid’s devotion to his daughter.
Jacqui is always, deep down, trying to earn her father’s approval. Oh, sure, she knows he loves her. But she so rarely gets to see it. As a world-renowned surgeon, he was always off saving the world, far too busy, too important, to shower his daughter with love and tenderness.
So the story is a little about Jacqui’s relationship with her dad.
I write about romantic love all the time, but parental love is just as important and just as beautiful. As a daughter, I was blessed to have two wonderful parents. As a mother, I try to be everything my kids need, and I fail all the time. Is there a right way to parent?
I don’t know. I do know that, though not everybody will be blessed to enjoy romance, all of us have parents. All of us know what it is to love a parent and to experience—or crave—a parent’s love in return.
If you’re a parent—or if you’ve got parents—you know it’s no easy thing to raise kids. As my children grow further into adulthood, I can look back and see everything I did wrong. I did a lot right, but for some reason, the wrong sticks out.
But you know what? I love them. I’ve loved them since the moment they were placed in my arms, maybe since that first flutter of movement in my belly.
Reid is trying to be the perfect father, and he’s always falling short. Jacqui’s dad did his very best, but he wasn’t perfect. But both of those daddies love their little girls. And, like it says in 1 Peter 4:8, “Love covers a multitude of sins.”
Betrayal of Genius is about working hard to accomplish the good works God gave us to do. It’s about doing the very best we can with what we’ve been given. But it’s also about good old human love. Imperfect but pure love, the kind that can wrap itself around a little child and make her feel safe. The kind that can encourage a grown woman to push through the hard times, even when it’s scary and dangerous.
I hope you experience that kind of love. Even if you didn’t receive it from your earthly parents, you have a perfect Father who wants to shower you with it, One whose very nature is Love. May His love wrap around you and carry you forward.
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