Tuesday, December 3, 2019

#Smokescreen by #TerriBlackstock #Netgalley #Book #Review

Synopsis:
One father was murdered. Another was convicted of his death.  All because their children fell in love.

Nate Beckett has spent his life fighting wildfires instead of the lies and rumors that drove him from his Colorado hometown. His mother begs him to come back now that his father has been released from prison, but it isn’t until he’s sidelined by an injury that he’s forced to return and face his past. But that means facing Brenna too.

Fourteen years ago, Nate was in love with the preacher’s daughter. When Pastor Strickland discovered Brenna defied him to sneak out with Nate, the fight between Strickland and Nate’s drunken dad was loud—and very public. Strickland was found murdered later that night, and everyone accused Roy Beckett. When the church burned down not long after, people assumed Nate set the fire to get even for his father’s conviction. He let the rumors fly and left town without looking back.

Brenna is stunned to learn that the man convicted of murdering her father has been pardoned. The events of that night set her life on a bad course, and now she’s fighting a brutal custody battle with her ex and his new wife where he’s using lies and his family’s money to sway the judge. Brenna is barely hanging on, and she’s turned to alcohol to cope. Shame and fear consume her. As Nate and Brenna deal with the present—including new information about that fateful night and a wildfire that’s threatening their town—the past keeps igniting. Nate is the steady force Brenna has so desperately needed. But she’ll have to learn to trust him again first.
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My Review:
Since the death of her father, Brenna's life had been extremely difficult.  To make things worse her husband has replaced her with a woman barely out of college and has decided to run for mayor.  He's also trying to take the kids away from her, leaving her with nothing.  As if things couldn't get any worse, her father's murderer has been released from  prison.  Nate, his son and her first love has returned home to heal from his work injuries. Can his reappearance in her life give her the courage she needs to fight and believe God knows her struggles.

I don't usually like  romance novels, but Terri Blackstock does a fantastic job of adding a mystery into the mix that draws you in right away.  You're so involved you'll start cheering for the budding romance.  Even though it's a religious novel, it's not in your face about God.  But it does show that even a pastor's child has their own set of problems.




About the Author:
Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over six million copies sold worldwide. She is the winner of two Carol Awards, a Christian Retailers Choice Award, and a Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, among others. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist.

Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in a U.S. Air Force family. She lived in nine states and attended the first four years of school in The Netherlands. Because she was a perpetual “new kid,” her imagination became her closest friend. That, she believes, was the biggest factor in her becoming a novelist. She sold her first novel at the age of twenty-five, and has had a successful career ever since.


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