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by Terri Blackstock
on Tour October 28 – November 30, 2019
In Smoke Screen……One father was murdered, and another 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 home town. His mother begs him to come to Carlisle 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 had 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, people assumed it was Nate getting even for his father’s conviction. He let the rumors fly and left Carlisle without looking back.
Now, 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 she’s dealing with 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. She’s barely hanging on, and she’s turned to alcohol to cope. Shame and fear consume her.
As they deal with the present—including new information about that fateful night and a wildfire that’s threatening their town—their past keeps igniting. Nate is the steady force Brenna has so desperately needed. But she’ll have to learn to trust him again first.
Book Details:Genre: Suspense (Christian) Published by: HarperCollins-Thomas Nelson Publication Date: November 5th 2019 Number of Pages: 352 ISBN: 0310332591 (ISBN13: 9780310332596) Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads | Thomas Nelson
This is a first of Terri Blackstock’s books for me. Smoke Screen is the perfect title because every situation is veiled by one. Having been in a bad marriage myself (with kids!) and a custody battle, I felt a lot of empathy for Brenna. Her battle with alcoholism is one that caused me to have a bit of reservation. Addictions are strong -mentally and physically – but I can’t imagine putting anything ahead of my children. The more I learned about what she was being put through by her ex-husband and his wife, the more empathy began to take over. Nate is a phenomenally-written character. He’s the driving force from start to finish — even with the pain and past haunting him. Returning to everything he’d fought so hard to leave behind and the renewed fight to vindicate the true culprit of Brenna’s father’s murder put him between a rock and a hard place. Their underlying faith and hope in God ties the book together. The suspense kept my attention; but the alternating voices could have been delivered a little smoother.
I reviewed a complimentary copy of the book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.
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Terri Blackstock has sold over seven million books worldwide and is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author. She is the award-winning author of Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall, as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, and the Restoration Series.
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