About the Book
Book: Tides of Duplicity
Author: Robin Patchen
Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense
Release date: February 16, 2021
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At first I thought this was a sequel as characters were acting because of some past events. The needed backstory comes in chapter four. I would have liked that material introduced earlier so I could have understood and appreciated the actions of Fitz, such as why he was in Belize doing what he was.
After that rough start, the novel is a good combination of budding romance and serious threats. There is a good deal of suspense towards the end. The strongest aspect of this novel is the good Christian message. It is strong and clear. I liked the main characters in general but was disappointed in Fitz'a deceptive actions. Honesty would have been better but then there would not have been the obstacles to romance.
This is a good novel for readers of inspirational romantic suspense who like a strong Christian message.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author
Aside from her family and her Savior, USA Today bestselling author Robin Patchen has two loves—writing and traveling. If she could combine them, she’d spend a lot of time sitting in front of her laptop at sidewalk cafes and ski lodges and beachside burger joints. She’d visit every place in the entire world—twice, if possible—and craft stories and tell people about her Savior. Alas, time is too short and money is too scarce for Robin to traipse all over the globe, even if her husband and kids wanted to go with her. So she stays in Texas, shares the Good News when she can, and writes to illustrate the unending grace of God through the power and magic of story.
More from Robin
Do you remember the show Party of Five? It ran for six seasons back in the 90s. I wasn’t a huge fan of the show itself, but I loved the premise: the oldest son of five children becomes the guardian for his younger siblings after their parents are killed in a car accident.
Talk about fodder for a great story.
When I was dreaming about Tides of Duplicity, I decided my hero, Fitz McCaffrey, had a similar story. In his case, his parents died when he was twenty-one, leaving him as the sole guardian of his eight-year-old sister, Shelby.
Do you remember being twenty-one? I do, and let me tell you, I wouldn’t have had the first idea how to raise an eight-year-old, especially one dealing with the trauma of losing her parents. Fitz didn’t know, either.
Sure, thanks to insurance, they had plenty of money to survive. He was able to finish college, go to the police academy, and get a job. But emotionally, Fitz didn’t know what he was doing. What he knew was that his sister needed him, and he loved her enough to figure it out.
Our story picks up eight years later when Fitz and Shelby go to Belize for vacation. Shelby meets a teenage boy who takes up all her time. Fitz doesn’t complain when he meets a beautiful woman named Tabby. They spend two weeks together, and by the time those weeks are up, Fitz has fallen hard.
But the morning Tabby leaves, Fitz discovers a few shocking truths:
Tabby was caught on tape stealing from the hotel safe.
The hotel safe held a half million dollars’ worth of jewels belonging to a mafia boss—who happens to be the father of Shelby’s new boyfriend.
And the mob boss wants Fitz to get his stuff back.
He’s taken Shelby.
Shelby’s the only family Fitz has left. He loves her like a father loves a daughter, and he’ll do anything to get her back.
Even betray the woman he’s come to love.
I loved writing this story. I loved writing the conflict Fitz deals with—the desire to save Shelby vs. the desire to protect Tabby from a very dangerous man. I love seeing his newfound faith at work. Frankly, as the world dealt with all the drama of 2020, I loved writing about exotic locations that took me out of my normal life—a couple of resort towns, not to mention Tabby’s hometown, the little snow-covered village of Coventry, New Hampshire.
As the winter winds blow, I hope you’ll take this trip with Fitz and Tabby and Shelby. I think you’re going to love it.
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I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)