Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for March, 2022

BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 29 March 2022 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – TRIPLE REVIEW BLITZ – TOUCH OF INNOCENCE by ROBIN PATCHEN

032922 - triple review blitz - tuesday reviews day banner

BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 29 March 2022 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – TOUCH OF INNOCENCE by ROBIN PATCHEN

032922 - touch of innocence - tuesday reviews day banner

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – TOUCH OF INNOCENCE by ROBIN PATCHEN

Touch-of-Innocence

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Touch-of-Innocence-Cover-1

Book: Touch of Innocence

Author: Robin Patchen

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release date: January 25, 2022

THE BLURB

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.

Click here to get your copy!

THE AUTHOR

Robin-Patchen-1Robin Patchen is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of Christian romantic suspense. She grew up in a small town in New Hampshire, the setting of her Nutfield Saga books, and then headed to Boston to earn a journalism degree. After college, working in marketing and public relations, she discovered how much she loathed the nine-to-five ball and chain. After relocating to the Southwest, she started writing her first novel while she homeschooled her three children. The novel was dreadful, but her passion for storytelling didn’t wane. Thankfully, as her children grew, so did her writing ability. Now that her kids are adults, she has more time to play with the lives of fictional heroes and heroines, wreaking havoc and working magic to give her characters happy endings. When she’s not writing, she’s editing or reading, proving that most of her life revolves around the twenty-six letters of the alphabet. Visit https://robinpatchen.com/subscribe to receive a free book and stay informed about Robin’s latest projects.

MORE FROM ROBIN (PATCHEN)

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.

MY REVIEW

I applaud Ms. Patchen for not only addressing such a horrible topic but omitting the gory details.

Sometimes it’s not a bad thing to stick our proverbial nose in where it doesn’t belong. This book throws down the gauntlet, challenging us all to stick our noses in. To step out of our comfort zone. To make us aware, even, that it’s happening all around us.

Sometimes doing the wrong thing is actually doing the right thing. [SPOILER]

Grace was securely tucked away in her cocoon, removed from heartache and risk. And her life purpose. Until Lily. Grace took up the challenge and stepped way outside her comfort zone.

[SPOILER]

Ms. Patchen takes the reader deep into the turmoil of Grace’s situation. Exposes the struggle in her heart—fighting not to love the little girl she has come to care for so dearly. Resisting even when Lily says, “I love you.” Raising the stakes, one terrifying nuance at a time. Lulling Grace into pseudo comfort. Then spilling a new hair-raising detail into the fray.

Andrew proved to be an anchor for Grace, and for Lily. Extending not just neighborly assistance, but personal care and concern.

My own heart raced as—well, there is just so much of this story that just can’t be fully expressed in this review. Let me just say this is a book you will not want to put down!

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

Slide5ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

TOUR GIVEAWAY

6da7b43f-86de-4c78-a777-666166f2f274

To celebrate her tour, Robin is giving away the grand prize package of Convenient Lies, book 1 in the Nutfield Saga, and Glimmer in the Darkness, book 1 in the Coventry Saga, along with a coffee mug!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/1bc9a/touch-of-innocence-celebration-tour-giveaway

BLOG STOPS

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, March 23

Blogging With Carol, March 23

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 24

Texas Book-aholic, March 25

Inklings and notions, March 26

For Him and My Family, March 27

Betti Mace, March 28

Spoken from the Heart, March 29

deb’s Book Review, March 29

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 30

Mary Hake, March 30

Maureen’s Musings, March 31

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 1

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, April 2

Blossoms and Blessings, April 3

Livin’ Lit, April 3

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 4

Simple Harvest Reads, April 5 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, Touch of Innocence, Robin Patchen, Coventry Saga, Celebrate Lit Publicity

Read Full Post »

BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 29 March 2022 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – TRIPLE REVIEW BLITZ

032922 - triple review blitz - tuesday reviews day banner

BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 29 March 2022 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – FALSE PRETENSE by HEATHER DAY GILBERT

031522 - false pretense - tuesday reviews day banner

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – FALSE PRETENSE by HEATHER DAY GILBERT

416EYmooFYL

THE BLURB

Beloved amateur sleuth Tess Spencer returns in this fourth and final Murder in the Mountains mystery.

Tess has her work cut out for her—from her day job at the police station to her nights on the campaign trail with her husband, she’s stretched thin. Her two young children also keep her busy, but thankfully she has a supportive mother-in-law who lives just next door.

When the legendary Mothman makes a terrifying appearance and a local librarian goes missing, Tess feels compelled to get involved, convinced something evil has been unleashed on her little town. Then another woman disappears—this one bearing an eerie resemblance to Tess—and the police receive a cryptic message hinting that a serial killer is on the prowl.
After a nightmarish turn of events completely upends the Spencer family, Tess musters her courage to hunt for the monstrous murderer in the woods…even if she has to walk straight into the Mothman’s lair to do it.

False Pretense brings a stunning and memorable conclusion to the award-winning Murder in the Mountains series.

THE AUTHOR

18dd1qn1ajtn1lkcl03ksn06ec._SX450_Award-winning novelist Heather Day Gilbert enjoys writing mysteries and Viking historicals. She brings authentic family relationships to the page, and she particularly delights in heroines who take a stand to protect those they love. Avid readers say Heather’s realistic characters–no matter what century–feel like best friends. When she’s not plotting stories, this native West Virginian can often be found hanging out with her husband and four children, playing video games, or reading Agatha Christie novels.

Find all her books and her newsletter signup at heatherdaygilbert.com.

MY REVIEW

“In West Virginia folklore, the Mothman is a humanoid creature reportedly seen in the Point Pleasant area from November 15, 1966, to December 15, 1967… Man-Sized Bird … Creature … Something.” – excerpted from Wikipedia.

I always enjoy a visit to picturesque Mayberry-like Buckneck, where family and friends look out for one another. A pleasant community where nothing exciting happens—at least until murder strikes!

I first met Tess Spencer in Miranda Warning, and appreciated her curious mind and sharp mind. No matter what life throws at her (even murder) she tackles the challenge and comes out the winner.

Ms. Gilbert takes Tess and all her characters—and the reader—through twists and turns. For every answer, more clues pop up. Not to mention dead bodies.

The author drew on local myth and skillfully wrapped a convincing story around it, with [SPOILER.] This reader was eager to get to the end, and yet not—it’s the last visit with Tess Spencer.

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

Slide5ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, False Pretense, Heather Day Gilbert, Murder in the Mountains Series, Miranda Warning, Trial by Twelve, Guilt by Association

Read Full Post »

BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 29 March 2022 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – TRIPLE REVIEW BLITZ

032922 - triple review blitz - tuesday reviews day banner

BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 29 March 2022 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – CHAIN OF MERCY by BRENDA S. ANDERSON

030822 - chain of mercy - tuesday reviews day banner

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – CHAIN OF MERCY by BRENDA S. ANDERSON

51bLRuw9reL

THE BLURB

Manhattan businessman Richard Brooks was at the top of the world, drunk with success, wealth, and women, and he proudly lived that prodigal lifestyle, until one disastrous evening, when that world came crashing down.

Richard flees to Minneapolis where he repairs ancient boilers instead of solving corporate problems, and he’s determined to live the solitary life he now deserves.

But Executive Sheila Peterson has other plans for the handsome custodian. Richard appears to be the perfect match for the no-strings-attached romance she’s after, but she soon discovers that he’s hiding more than the designer clothes in his closet.

THE AUTHOR

71ZUvgaPhwL._SY600_Brenda S. Anderson writes authentic, gritty, life-affirming fiction that shows God at work in people’s messy lives. She enjoys live music and theater, walking the shores of Lake Superior, and sharing hot cocoa with friends and family. She lives near Minneapolis with her newly retired husband. Together, they plan to travel across the United States, checking items off their bucket list, beginning with a bus trip to Niagara Falls.

Readers can learn more about Brenda S. Anderson at http://www.brendaandersonbooks.com

MY REVIEW

A book like this—so rich, so deep, so intense—one hardly knows where to begin.

When we lose sight of Truth, we stumble into darkness. We feed on lies. Lies that lead us farther and farther away from the One who loves us most. Even when disaster and tragedy strike, why do we still resist Father God’s mercy and grace?

But no matter how far we run, no matter how we try to hide, we can never escape the unfathomable love of God.

Richard Brooks fought and resisted God’s love—and especially His forgiveness—until there was no fight left in him.

Growing up in a Christian home, I can’t imagine not knowing God and the Bible. Or to live without His guiding hand. Sheila Peterson knew that void, seeking to fill it with the world’s offerings.

Even in the combustible atmosphere between Richard and Sheila, God didn’t abandon. [SPOILER]

Ms Anderson braves not only the volatile topic of abortion, but the father’s perspective—I applaud the author’s boldness. The range of emotions that seize her characters keeps them walking a tightrope. The dialogue is tight and convincing, characters both lovable and maddening.

I’ve not read this author before but I already have added the other books in this series to my to be read list.

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

Slide5ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

I purchased this book, and offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, Chain of Mercy, Brenda S. Anderson, Coming Home Series, Memory Box Secrets, Hungry for Home

Read Full Post »

Brett Armstrong

It's about writing and doing good with the inspiration God gives me.

Teresa Tysinger, Author

Charming Southern Romance, Inspired by Grace

All-of-a-kind Mom

Just some thoughts from my daily life...

Angela K Couch

making history and fiction fall in love

Wholehearted Women

Come and let Jesus awaken the warrior within you!

Code Crispy Blog

Immerse~ Enlighten~ Inspire

Kayla Lowe

Award-Winning Author

bookblogarama

a blog for books

The Tales of Missus P.

little adventures of me

Lynn J Simpson

Book Lover. Photographer. Writer

Zoe M. McCarthy

Distraction to Attraction, Magnetic Romances Between Opposites

Cover To Cover Cafe

Feed Your Need To Read

It's a Buzz World

The Crazy Story of our Life

Fiction Aficionado

The power of fiction, the beauty of words, and the God who made us to wield them for His glory.

Inspired by Life ... and Fiction

Novelists bound by the pen, sisterhood, & more

Simplified

Keeping Things Simple with Jesus