- Wild Rose Press
- Release Date
- July 2013
Audrey Allen is poised to become the youngest Texas senator, a position that fits her nickname, The Peacemaker. But she's unable to make peace with many in her hometown, where memories and grudges run deep from a decade-old tragedy.
Ethan Tanner, an ambitious and tantalizing journalist, joins her at Thanksgiving for an in-depth look at the promising candidate. But he has an agenda of his own that's not entirely honorable.
Ethan could stir up trouble for her budding career, or awaken the deep passions she's buried for so long. Will Ethan find that he values love more than getting the story?
Book Review by vera (reviewer)
Jan 30, 2017
36 people found the following review helpful
Although classified as a romantic suspense novel, the reader finds much more in Audrey's Promise.
STORY-LINE AUDREY'S PROMISE:
Author Susan Sheehey filled this novel with emotion, suspense, and intrigue. Audrey Allen's poised at the pinnacle of success. Running for senate in the great state of Texas, if elected Audrey, aka the Peacemaker, would be the youngest member elected. Supporting the establishment/funding for a much-needed crisis center as well as running for office, Audrey has a busy life.
However, on her trail tabloid journalist Ethan Tanner, intends to bring down another politician with their hidden secrets or dirty laundry. All he has to do, is discover the Peacemaker's dirty secrets, write the article of a lifetime which will sabotage her political campaign, and his boat will sail into the New York Times. He knows she cannot really be as squeaky clean as she appears; after finagling an invitation to her small home town family Thanksgiving, he is ready to strike.
Things heat up as Ethan and Audrey face off. The family is not happy in the Biddinger household nor is small town Mackineer, Texas when Audrey shows up.. To say they are less than happy to see Audrey after 10 years is an understatement. Ethan finds more than he ever expected as he meets a hostile family and town ready to tar and feather Audrey. Holding grudges and malice, and with malicious intent, they turn from Audrey with word and deed. Ethan finds Audrey very much alone without friends or family for support.
Why is Audrey's last name Allen instead of Biddinger? What grudge does everyone hold against Audrey? What sin did she commit? Ethan's determined to find the story behind all the hostilities and dropped hints. He knows he has hit the big time, all he has to do is what he does so well, ferret out Audrey's secrets. However, fate has other ideas as the attraction between Audrey and Ethan heats up. Ethan finds himself in a quarry; what will he do?
Grab a comfortable seat, my romance suspense novel review of Audrey's Promise follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
Firstly, let me say, what a power packed novel the reader finds in Audrey's Promise. Author Susan Sheehey expertly lays the ground work and plot lines in such a way the reader's hooked immediately. Leaving hints all through the story-line, Sheehey does not reveal the plot lines until the last possible minute; and what plot threads she has crafted! As a result, the reader finds suspense and mystery in abundance. As Sheehey reveals the plots, have a box of Kleenex handy as Audrey's Promise is a heart wrenching book.
Secondly, filling small town USA with less than stellar citizens, Sheehey expertly demonstrates the human trait of blaming others for your own misfortune and life disappointments. Family dynamics are at high peak in Audrey's Promise as we watch Audrey stand alone against everyone including her beloved brother and father. Sheehey character development of Audrey and Ethan was intense and strong. Each character's independent, strong-willed, and determined. As the storyline's revealed the reader can not help but feel heart weary for Audrey. I cried many times during my reading of Audrey's Promise, as well as, rooting for both Ethan and Audrey by the end of the story. Can love conqueror all?
Finally, in concluding my romance suspense novel review of Audrey's Promise, I found a story-line full of twists and turns. Sheehey wove emotion and suspense throughout the novel weaving the plot lines expertly. Creating an intensely intriguing and entertaining read, Sheehey crafted a tragic story-line and then redeemed it with forgiveness.
This is a an intense story of human emotion, misconception, tragedy, heartbreak, redemption, and forgiveness. I found Sheehey's writing fresh and easy to follow with an original premise. I highly recommend this book to young adults and adults.
AUDREY'S PROMISE RECOMMENDATION: STARS 5
In addition, I felt I must give this novel, 5 well-deserved stars. I would not hesitate to buy this book for my self or a friend. I look forward to reading other books by talented author Susan Sheehey
FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE:
Additionally, I received this book from the author and chose to voluntarily review the book with an honest romance suspense novel review. Lastly, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author's opinion. Consequently, all book reviews on-line and on my blog, are my opinions. In addition, the ARC did not affect my romance suspense novel review.
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