25 Book Reviews

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Secrets CAN Change Lives!!

"A Promise To Protect"

By Patricia Bradley

The suspense genre is one of my favorites, I must admit! But this particular author, Patricia Bradley, is one who writes books that I especially enjoy .  Her ability to grab one's attention on the first page and maintain it to the ending, makes for a fantastic read!

"A Promise To Protect" is a story of betrayal and love, threats are made, lives are taken. A deep desire for revenge is wound throughout the plot.  The reader can feel the danger.  However, throughout, there is a sense of  faith and love , how God can deal with our problems, if only we allow Him to take control.

Chapter One :"Tony Jackson shouldn't be dying in a ritzy hotel room in downtown Memphis on a hot July night."  Now, who could ever put this book down, without reading to find out who Tony is, why is there, and what will take place next????? NOT I!! I was caught up in this confusing tale of intrigue, never quite able to figure out who the killer was or the implications that were in store for the main character, Leigh  Somerall.  Acting Sheriff, Ben Logan hadn't heard from Leigh in a very long time. After a long ago romance with her, although no contact has been made, Ben still has feelings for her, even after ten years. When she calls him out of the blue, it strikes him as very  strange. The request is made that he protect her brother, Tony. However, before Ben can get his head around this , he is challenged with a totally different job- protecting Leigh from the mysterious people who were after her brother. Leigh certainly attempts to avoid  Ben, but it is not easy. There is a secret that she has been hiding, one that may just change their lives forever.

The plot is fast paced, increasing in tension at a remarkable speed. It begins as a cliffhanger and manages to easily keep you on edge to the very satisfying end. Along  the way, there are continual twists and turns, complete surprises that keep the reader glued to the page. Not once, did I have the answers to this mystery, before another even would hit and shock me!

Patricia has well developed characters, realistic, who could easily be your friends next door. Leigh and her young son become part of you. You feel their fears, confusion and yes, their terror as well. There are mysterious assailants who shock the life out of you along the way. Throughout, you are faced with the importance of trust and faith  and the complications and devastations that secrets can cause . The thread of faith is continuous. God has answers for us, perhaps not what we desire but He knows what is best for us, if only we will pass over the reins of our lives.

This book is the second book that Patricia has written. ""Shadows of the Past", the first, which by the way is equally good, has some of the same characters, however, you could easily read this as a stand alone.

I will definitely be looking for more by this author. A five star book!!

This book was supplied by Revell in exchange for a fair and honest review.


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