About the Book
Author: Robin Patchen
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release date: January 25, 2022
From a USA Today bestselling author comes a gripping story of mystery, romance, and pulse-pounding suspense.
How can she save the little girl next door from being exploited if nobody believes her?
Grace used to try to save people, but that was before she realized how powerless she is. Now, she avoids emotional ties, working from her secluded cabin, content with her aloneness. When eight-year-old Lily starts hanging around, Grace enjoys her company but carefully keeps her distance—until she discovers the girl is being exploited. Little though she wants to, she must get involved, even if it means risking her own safety to secure Lily’s.
Andrew can’t help but be drawn to his new neighbor and her beautiful foster child. When he learns about Lily’s disturbing history, he offers to help Grace prove her suspicions about the girl’s father. But the more they learn, the more puzzling Lily’s history seems. They work together to unravel the mystery, determined to ensure Lily ends up with a family who loves her.
But Lily’s father isn’t giving up his muse—or his obsession—that easily. He believes Lily is rightfully his, and he’ll do anything to get her back.
Don’t miss this thrilling page-turner, the latest in the addictive Coventry Saga.
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This is a good romantic suspense. The suspense is presented well with Grace being hunted by the man from whom she rescued a child. How he managed to follow her was an innovative idea, unexpected but entirely realistic. The villain is portrayed as relentless, obsessed. He is truly creepy and evil. I saw Grace as having mixed character. Even though she had professionally helped others, she struggled with her own unresolved feelings of failure. She has an unusual gift. While not typically listed as something Christian, I have known people with a penetrating insight into one's character, similar to Grace's abilities.
There are so many issues woven into the plot. The main one is thought provoking. What would I do to protect a child I was convinced was in a very harmful situation, especially when there is no recourse from the police? Another issue concerns men dealing with acceptance from their fathers. Another is being willing to love, even when there is potential for great hurt. And finally, there is the struggle to ultimately realize that, though we may think we can save someone, only God can do so.
There is a good deal of suspense near the end. There is also a sufficient amount of relationship issues, including misunderstandings, in the budding romance between Grace and Edward. Be sure to have a tissue ready when you come near to the touching end. Patchen is a prolific author and I was glad to see she has maintained her creativity in writing an engaging novel.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author
More from Robin
I love everyman-hero stories.
I know detectives and FBI agents and other law enforcement officers are fighting crime and solving mysteries all the time, but I love stories where regular folks—the kind who live next door and work in supermarkets or sell insurance—suddenly find themselves in the middle of a mystery—one only they can solve.
Maybe it’s my own longing for adventure (while living a life that consists largely of sitting in my office wearing yoga pants and tapping away on a keyboard) that leads me to write these kinds of stories
Touch of Innocence has that everyman… er, woman character, a reclusive former child therapist who wants nothing more than to be left alone. The problem is, Grace has a gift (which she calls a curse) that enables her to “see” that her eight-year-old neighbor, Lily, is being exploited by her child-pornographer father. But since Grace doesn’t have any proof, only the impressions she received when she touched the child’s palm, the police don’t do anything to rescue little Lily.
So Grace takes matters into her own hands.
As the villain so aptly puts it, she “blows up her entire life for the sake of a girl she barely knows.”
And that all happens in the first chapter. Then it gets really interesting.
There’s so much talk in the world about doing things for the greater good, for the benefit of the many, not the few, but that wasn’t Jesus’s way, was it?
Jesus didn’t die for the collective good. He died for you and me. He left the ninety-nine to seek out the one.
In a way, Touch of Innocence asks if one forgotten little girl is worth the cost of the heroine’s security, maybe even her life?
What is the value of one life, and how much are we as believers willing to sacrifice to save?
I think it’s a question worth exploring.
A little FYI about the book: I was very careful not to have any explicit scenes. Though the reader gets the sense of what Lily’s been through, there are no descriptions or images you’ll wish you hadn’t seen. I did my very best in this story to highlight a terrible thing that’s happening all over the world while at the same time honoring my readers and, above all, the Lord.
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