About the Book
Book: Wreathed in Disgrace
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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About the Author
Robin 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. 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.
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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!
Attention fans of suspense with an adrenaline rush this is a must read book. It goes at a good pace and keeps you on your toes as danger surrounds Denise. I enjoyed getting some background on her which helped me relate to her. Her life took a nose drive when she became an addict and walked away from her sweet little girl. As the author states Denise wasn’t really meant to be a heroine but somehow she became this person that many understand. No one has a perfect life and when Denise messes up it costs her dearly.
Oh yes she has fame and fortune now, but what she really wants is a relationship with her daughter. After you have reached the bottom it is hard to convince others that you have changed. She has gotten past her demons that drew her into a world of drugs. She gives God all the credit for her transformation. Now she needs to show her ex-husband that she can be trusted and has her daughter’s best interest at heart.
All seems to start going well when she buys a house in the town her daughter is being raised in. She does have to travel back and forth to Hollywood since she is an actor, but she hopes having a home here will help rebuild her relationship with her daughter. What transpires next no one could predict. A serial killer is on the lose and targeting Hollywood Actors. Denise finds herself the target as bullets come close to her, an arrow flies through her home and mysterious messages turn up.
I absolutely loved having Jon join us in this adventure. I remember him from the last book and yes he is definitely attractive and able to protect Denise. She has a team of guards around her but is that enough? Jon does let his guard down a little as he can’t deny the attraction he has for her. His team is concerned he is getting too close to Denise which may complicate their mission.
I loved how the author incorporates faith in the story as Denise and Jon start to share how they feel about each other, I applaud Denise for letting Jon know that she can’t have a serious relationship without them being equally yoked. Jon doesn’t take this well , but the author uses this to show that God is first in Denise’s life. Will Jon decide to surrender to God and allow Him to show Jon he is loved unconditionally? It is important to note that both of our main characters struggle with the idea that they are not valuable. God loves each of us the same. He has no favorites and loves without conditions.
The ending is one of the best suspenseful moments I have ever read. First I didn’t see the twists coming and second I was shocked at who was behind everything. The author concludes the story with heart pounding action and gives readers a glimpse into what happens when you trust God.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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Wreathed in Disgrace sounds like a thrilling must read for me and I like the cover! Thanks for sharing it with me!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Texas Book-aholic, for sharing your review!
Have a spectacular day!
A surprise ending is a definite attention-getter for me.ReplyDelete
Good book for Fall reading.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the contest.
This sounds like a fantastic Christmas read.ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing your excellent review of Wreathed in Disgrace, this sounds like a thrilling read and I am looking forward to itReplyDelete