Friday, October 24, 2014

A Promise to Protect by Patricia Bradley

In a steamy small town riddled with broken promises, one woman's secret could change everything.
Acting Sheriff Ben Logan hasn't heard from Leigh Somerall in a very long time, but it doesn't mean he can get her--or their whirlwind romance of ten years ago--out of his head. When she calls out of the blue, it is with a strange request to protect her brother, Tony. But all too soon, Ben is charged with a different task--protecting Leigh from the people after her brother. With Leigh doing everything in her power to avoid Ben, it's no easy task. And the secret she is keeping just may change their lives forever.

"A taut story of mistakes and betrayal, a mother's fierce love, revenge and danger--and the redeeming wonders of faith and love."--Lorena McCourtney, author of the Cate Kinkaid Files and the Ivy Malone Mysteries

"Old secrets, second chances at love, and a skillfully crafted small-town suspense. You will fall in love with Ben and Leigh and cheer them on as they fight for their happy ending. I'm making room on my shelf for all of Patricia Bradley's novels!"--Susan May Warren, bestselling and award-winning author of When I Fall in Love

My review:
  This is only the second book I have read by Patricia Bradley, and I am loving what I have read so far. I read a lot of Christian suspense, and she is showing she can hold her own in this genre' that is my favorite. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and this follow up is even better.

  This book was filled with even more suspense and action than the first. The acting sheriff from the first book is brought back as one of the main characters in this book, and is someone readers will love. I'm always a sucker for a story that involves a kid, and this one did, so I loved the parts of the mother determined to protect her son, even from the sheriff. 

 I was kept guessing on some parts of the book, and figured a few things out. And this was a book I didn't want to put down once I started reading it. It definitely deserves five out of five stars.

  In addition to the suspense elements of the book, the issue of forgiving others was covered, and how important it is to forgive them, even when the transgression hurts a lot. I highly recommend this book and series. The books could be read in any order, in my opinion, but would be best read in order.

Read an excerpt here.

About the author:

Patricia Bradley's manuscript for Shadows of the Past was a finalist for the 2012 Genesis Award, winner of a 2012 Daphne du Maurier award (1st place, Inspirational), and winner of a 2012 Touched by Love award (1st place, Contemporary). She is a published short story writer and is co-founder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc. When she's not writing or speaking, she can be found making beautiful clay pots and jewelry. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America and makes her home in Mississippi. Learn more at

A Promise to Protect is available from Revell, part of the Baker Publishing Group

Thanks to Revell for the review copy.