About the Book
Author: Robin Patchen
Genre: Christian romantic suspense
Release date: October 18, 2022
A famous actress, a protective bodyguard, a festive Christmas season, and a killer…or two…on the loose.
Everybody believes movie star Denise Masters abandoned her family to pursue her dream, but the truth is much more complex. For years, she’s longed to return to Coventry to repair her relationship with her daughter, but contractual obligations–and fear of being rejected–have kept her away. When a serial killer targets Hollywood actors, Denise decides to spend the Christmas holidays in New Hampshire. She will finally face the disgrace of her past.
Private security agent Jon Donley figures the woman he’s been hired to guard will turn out to be a paranoid, privileged prima donna. Instead, the more he gets to know Denise, the more he likes her. But he’s not being paid to get involved with her. His job is to keep her safe while he figures out what links her to the other victims.
But the serial killer on the west coast isn’t the only danger they face. A second one is closing in fast, threatening not just Denise but the little girl she’ll stop at nothing to protect.
Romance, suspense, and a New England Christmas. Don’t miss the next installment of the addictive Coventry Saga.
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I really enjoyed this Christian romantic suspense. The characters are engaging Denise is overcoming her hurt and shame because of decisions she made years ago. She lost much of what she had and now, through God's grace, is hoping to find her place again. Jon is a great guy. He is dedicated to his job of protecting Denise. The plot is good. The possibility of a serial killer after Denise makes for good suspense.
The strength of this novel may well be the strong Christian message it contains. There are Christians who struggle to act like Christ, forgiving past mistakes and exercising mercy. There is one who struggles with the assurance of being firmly held in God's love. And there is yet another who thinks believing all that Christian stuff is stupid, until he is faced with the reality of God and a clear presentation of the gospel.
I recommend this romantic suspense. It has characters to care about. It has a plot with suspense, especially near the end after a surprising twist. It has a clear Christian message woven expertly into the plot progression. While this is part of a series it reads very well on its own.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
About the Author
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On Becoming a Hero…
I’ve been contemplating this story since I wrote the first book in the Coventry Saga, Glimmer in the Darkness, and discovered that little Ella’s mother had abandoned her family. She was such a bad mother, in fact, that she didn’t even come home when Ella was kidnapped.
Obviously, Denise Masters was not heroine material.
Or so I thought.
But Denise has been whispering in my ear for a couple of years now, telling me her secrets. Turns out, she doesn’t just play a hero in the movies. She’s learning to be a hero in real life. In Denise’s case, that means facing the ghosts of her past, ghosts that chased her away from home, from the people she loved most in the world.
To outsiders, it looks like Denise has everything a person could want—fame, money, and success. But all she really wants is a relationship with the daughter she adores, the daughter she left because she couldn’t see another way.
Have you ever been there, so deep in the muck that you can’t find your way out? So lost that you think the best option—the only option—is to escape? Have you ever believed that your problems—whether caused by someone else or by your own choices—were unsolvable?
That’s what Denise believed for years. That one foolish choice—which led to a myriad of other foolish choices—had permanently disqualified her not just from being a good mother but from being worthy of love.
And then she met Jesus, and He changed everything. He pulled her out of the mire and set her on solid ground. He gave her the longing and the courage to face the people she’d disappointed.
The serial killer preying on Hollywood actresses is the impetus she needs to return to Coventry just as the community ramps up for the Christmas season.
But Denise’s attempt at escaping one killer puts her squarely in the path of another.
This story won’t be much fun for Denise, though I have a strong suspicion she’s going to really like the hunky bodyguard, Jon Donley. (If you read Lineage in Corruption, you might remember Jon.)
For us who get to read it, it’s going to be great fun. I hope you’ll check it out!
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(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.)