About the Book
Author: Robin Patchen
Genre: Christian romantic suspense
Release date: July 19, 2022
In the world of big money and big politics, nobody walks away unscathed.
The people of Coventry never suspect that Josie Smith, owner of the local coffee shop, is the daughter of a powerful senator. She went to Washington to serve constituents, but her desire to do good morphed into a desire to win at all costs. When one of those costs grew too heavy to bear, she changed her name and left DC, vowing to never get involved in politics again. But when her father becomes his party’s lone voice standing against corrupt policies, his enemies will do whatever it takes to get his vote, and Josie finds herself caught in a familiar web of dirty tricks.
Thomas Windham never planned to run for office, but when Coventry’s disgraced mayor is replaced by a dishonest appointee, he feels he has no choice but to throw his hat in the ring. He doesn’t have a chance against the well-known politician, that is until he meets Josie, who knows more about running for office than a typical café owner would.
When Josie finds herself in danger, they form an alliance—his protection for her wisdom. The election becomes secondary as Josie’s adversaries close in. But can Josie and Thomas come out victorious against enemies determined to get what they want at any cost?
Don’t miss this pulse-pounding Christian romantic suspense that’ll keep you reading late into the night.
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Patchen gives readers a deep dive into the dangerous world of political influence in this romantic suspense. It reveals how family members of prominent politicians might suffer because of the pressure applied for desired outcomes on votes. Power and money are coveted in the political realm and some will go to great lengths to acquire it.
The plot flows at a consistent pace although I did feel it was a bit repetitive. There are many suspects as to who is messing with Josie in an attempt to force her father on a senate vote. The issue on the vote is public financing of abortion clinics. While it is a moot point after the recent Supreme Court decision, it really points out the pressure politicians experience. We also see how conniving people can be, setting up false scenes or manipulating photo images. It reminded me to always be aware of political news and possible manipulation of the facts.
The romance is done well and there is a good faith message. Patchen's writing style is good and easy to follow. She has provided readers with another entertaining and thought provoking novel. It is part of a series but reads very well on its own.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author
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Boston’s Logan Airport was about an hour from the little town in southern New Hampshire where I grew up. I remember pre-dawn drives, sitting in the backseat of our station wagon with my big sister and my little brother on our way to catch a flight. My dad was an airline pilot, so we traveled a lot in those days.
My parents always had a news station playing in the background. The anchor would read the news, and then Mom and Dad would discuss it at length while we tried to doze in the backseat.
They didn’t agree on everything, but they always saw eye-to-eye on politics.
My parents separated when I was a teenager and ultimately divorced. Even today, when they’re in a room together—they get along very well well—their conversations often drift to what’s going on in Washington.
Maybe that’s why I’ve always been interested in national politics.
My kids hate it when I talk about this policy or that vote. My husband would much prefer to discuss sports or work or…pretty much anything else. But I’ve always loved politics—the wrangling, the power plays, the backroom deals we can only guess at.
Talk about high-stakes drama on a worldwide stage. Hmm, I’m a suspense writer. Maybe it’s not that shocking that I love politics.
Lineage of Corruption doesn’t take place in the hallowed halls of Washington DC, nor are most of the characters in the story big players in the political scene. No, my story takes place in central New Hampshire, and its main characters are a coffee shop owner and a mayoral candidate. But that coffee shop owner’s father is a senator, a senator who’s being pressured to vote yes on a bill he vehemently disagrees with.
His enemies are willing to do whatever it takes to secure his vote, even if it means threatening his daughter.
So, it’s not exactly a political thriller. But it is all about big money and big names grappling for position in the world’s most powerful nation.
Which I personally think is super fun. To write about, anyway. In reality, politics has gotten way too rancorous and destructive for my tastes. Don’t worry—I won’t be lecturing you about what you should believe. I don’t honor one party or one president while throwing the other under the bus. In fact, I don’t mention either party or any actual politicians by name in the entire book.
This story isn’t about pushing my personal beliefs. It is about examining the lengths to which some people are willing to go to secure their own personal agendas.
(And it’s about man and a woman who fall in love, which is also super fun.)
I sure hope you’ll check it out.
Oh, and Josie, the coffee shop owner, loves to cook. Here’s a recipe she makes for the hero. It’s a great summertime meal and happens to be a staple at the Patchen household.
4 ripe large tomatoes, cut into ½-inch cubes
1 lb. mozzarella cheese (I use the small mozzarella balls (also called pearls), but any whole-milk mozzarella, cut into chunks, will do)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp. dried basil (or 1 cup cleaned, fresh basil, cut into strips)
Enough olive oil to coat all of the above—about ¾ cup
Salt and pepper to taste
1 lb. linguine
Freshly grated parmesan
Combine tomatoes, cheese, garlic, basil, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Cover and let sit at least two hours at room temperature.
Cook linguine according to package directions.
Drain pasta and immediately toss with the tomato mixture. Serve at once with grated parmesan cheese. (Goes great with crusty white bread on the side.)
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