About the Book
Book: Tides of Duplicity
Author: Robin Patchen
Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense
Release date: February 16, 2021
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About the Author
Aside from her family and her Savior, USA Today bestselling author Robin Patchen has two loves—writing and traveling. If she could combine them, she’d spend a lot of time sitting in front of her laptop at sidewalk cafes and ski lodges and beachside burger joints. She’d visit every place in the entire world—twice, if possible—and craft stories and tell people about her Savior. Alas, time is too short and money is too scarce for Robin to traipse all over the globe, even if her husband and kids wanted to go with her. So she stays in Texas, shares the Good News when she can, and writes to illustrate the unending grace of God through the power and magic of story.
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Do you remember the show Party of Five? It ran for six seasons back in the 90s. I wasn’t a huge fan of the show itself, but I loved the premise: the oldest son of five children becomes the guardian for his younger siblings after their parents are killed in a car accident.
Talk about fodder for a great story.
When I was dreaming about Tides of Duplicity, I decided my hero, Fitz McCaffrey, had a similar story. In his case, his parents died when he was twenty-one, leaving him as the sole guardian of his eight-year-old sister, Shelby.
Do you remember being twenty-one? I do, and let me tell you, I wouldn’t have had the first idea how to raise an eight-year-old, especially one dealing with the trauma of losing her parents. Fitz didn’t know, either.
Sure, thanks to insurance, they had plenty of money to survive. He was able to finish college, go to the police academy, and get a job. But emotionally, Fitz didn’t know what he was doing. What he knew was that his sister needed him, and he loved her enough to figure it out.
Our story picks up eight years later when Fitz and Shelby go to Belize for vacation. Shelby meets a teenage boy who takes up all her time. Fitz doesn’t complain when he meets a beautiful woman named Tabby. They spend two weeks together, and by the time those weeks are up, Fitz has fallen hard.
But the morning Tabby leaves, Fitz discovers a few shocking truths:
Tabby was caught on tape stealing from the hotel safe.
The hotel safe held a half million dollars’ worth of jewels belonging to a mafia boss—who happens to be the father of Shelby’s new boyfriend.
And the mob boss wants Fitz to get his stuff back.
He’s taken Shelby.
Shelby’s the only family Fitz has left. He loves her like a father loves a daughter, and he’ll do anything to get her back.
Even betray the woman he’s come to love.
I loved writing this story. I loved writing the conflict Fitz deals with—the desire to save Shelby vs. the desire to protect Tabby from a very dangerous man. I love seeing his newfound faith at work. Frankly, as the world dealt with all the drama of 2020, I loved writing about exotic locations that took me out of my normal life—a couple of resort towns, not to mention Tabby’s hometown, the little snow-covered village of Coventry, New Hampshire.
As the winter winds blow, I hope you’ll take this trip with Fitz and Tabby and Shelby. I think you’re going to love it.
From the start of the book you can tell this is going to be a non stop thriller. Tabby and Fitz meet in Belize and hit it off right away. Little does Tabby know that her life is about to be turned upside down. The setting is beautiful as the couple gets to know each other. All seems great when Tabby returns to the states. But lurking in the distance is a mystery unraveling with Tabby as the main suspect.
Fitz is described as quite attractive and his charm is natural. As a private detective he runs into some questionable people. His sister is everything to him and when her life is in danger, he goes full throttle to save her. Somehow Tabby is accused of a crime that puts her life as well as Fitz and her sister in grave danger. I loved how the story never lagged and kept me on my toes. It’s a race to see if Fitz can prove Tabby innocent before anyone gets hurt.
The faith element in the story shows how the characters trust God and never give up. At times they don’t know if they can keep one step ahead of the people after them. Faith is evident as Fitz relays on God to make good decisions and seek the truth.
The author throws in a few surprises that have me second guessing who the guilty people are. They are ruthless and have no problem doing what is necessary to get their merchandise back. It made me mad that they would use Fitz’s daughter as leverage against him. He and Tabby are in survival mode as they travel where the leads take them. Will they find out who the real thief is? If you are looking for an action packed faith filled clean read, this is a must read.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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