Monday, November 8, 2021

Believing The Hero By Tara Grace Erickson

Believing the Hero
by Tara Grace Erickson
Publisher: Silver Fountain Press
Series: Heroes of Freedom Ridge
ISBN: 978-1949896237

Well, if I've started a series ever WAY out of order, this one would take the cake. hahahaha Tara Grace Erickson sent me the ebook of her newest release. This series has multiple authors and her book is book 9 in the series. It CAN be read on it's own, but I think there might be some fun in reading the first ones as well to get to know the side characters.

Summary:

She’s been alone for years. Can this secret agent convince her to love again?

Jan Clark lost her firefighter husband ten years ago. She fills her days running Stories and Scones and doting on her first grandchild. Finding someone new feels like betraying the husband she loved for decades, and the thought of tragically losing someone again is terrifying. But Pete O’Rourke is handsome, charming, and makes her feel young again—and what could be safer than an insurance agent?

Pete moved back to Freedom, Colorado after 25 years as a CIA operative, not that anyone around here thinks he did anything but sit at a desk. Now, he is content with his quiet life as an insurance agent and real estate investor. When he finally convinces the lovely widow, Jan, to give a relationship a shot, everything seems to be falling into place. Until an unexpected visitor from his past arrives in Freedom and threatens to ruin the holiday.

Now, Pete is pulled back into the dangerous secrets of his past. He’ll do anything to protect his town and the woman he loves, but the high stakes could be too much for their fledgling relationship to handle.

Return to Freedom, Colorado and enjoy the faith, friendships, and forever-afters of the Heroes of Freedom Ridge in this Christian Christmas Romance.

Believing the Hero is book 9 in the Heroes of Freedom Ridge series, but each of the books can be read on its own.


My Review:

Clearly Believing the Hero was a good read for me if I finished it in one day! Now, since this is book 9 in the series and I haven't read the rest, I was glad to see that it could be read as a stand alone novel. Clearly there were characters who have a history in the little town of Freedom, CO, and reading this story only makes me want to go back and read all of the others even more.

I have to say, it was a) nice to see an older man on a cover and b) to have a story for an older generation. I mean, 50 is the new 30, right? Makes sense that more authors would be writing in this age range. And I'm here for it!

This story felt every bit as romancy as a story with characters in their 20s and 30s, just with more of a history in life. It was nice that Jan and Pete were settled down in their lives in the little town they grew up in. Pete's life, not nearly as settled as Jan's, but settled nevertheless. I really enjoyed Jan's relationship with her son & daughter-in-law as well as with her grandson.

As I got to know Pete, I felt bad that he'd never been married, but that left room for Jan when the time was right. Unfortunately, the timing is exactly when his past has caught up with him and things start to unravel. The suspense was a great part of the story that ended way too fast for me. lol

The faith element was incredibly strong in this story and I LOVED it! I appreciate on a deep level when authors are willing to make faith one of the biggest elements of the story. It brings reading to another level for me as a reader. The author does it in a way that seems entirely natural to the story and the characters.

About the Author:

Tara writes small-town, contemporary Christian romance. She loves stories of modern-day characters struggling to obey God, forgive others, and accept themselves - oh, and finding their happily-ever-after along the way. 

She lives in Southwest Missouri with her husband and two sons, writing full-time, in between chasing a two toddlers! 

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