Beauty in Hiding
by Robin Patchen
Series: Beauty in Flight #2
Published by JDO Publishing
Publication Date March 12, 2019
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: New Hampshire Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Book 2 in the Beauty in Flight series:
Harper’s second chance at life will become a second stint in prison if anyone connects her to those two dead men.
Nutfield, New Hampshire, is as good a place as any to hide from the murderer Harper left behind in Maryland. All she has to do is lie low and make enough money to keep herself and Red alive until she can figure out who her enemies are.
Jack Rossi is mystified by his beautiful new tenant and her confused grandfather. Something's not right, but the love he sees between them and the care she takes of the old man convinces Jack they're trustworthy. As drawn as he is to Harper, she’s his tenant, so she’s off limits.
Derrick, Harper's ex-boyfriend and Red’s grandson, needs to find his grandfather and get his hands on the old man’s money before Derrick ends up with a bullet in the skull. And when he gets his hands on Harper, she’ll be sorry for what she’s put him through.
Harper and Jack grow closer, but so do her enemies. If the truth comes out, she may lose her freedom—or her life.
I would like to thank Celebrate Lit for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Though I had heard of author Robin Patchen years ago, this is the first time I have read any of her books. When I saw her book listed for a blog tour, I jumped at the opportunity. I was surprised to receive not just one, but all the books in this series, which was really nice because these need to be read all together.
I will say that I was a bit underwhelmed by the first book, Beauty in Flight, as a lot of it was a set-up for the rest of the series. It was good, don’t get me wrong. But it was more a 3-star book. However, as I was committed to at least read Beauty in Hiding, I continued on.
And I am very glad I didn’t give up! Beauty in Hiding picked up the pace as Harper and Red ended up in New Hampshire to hide from Derrick and whoever left those bodies there in Maryland. Though they appear to be safe, we also see what was going on with Derrick and know that he won’t give up until he finds them.
I completely understood Harper’s lack of trust in Jack or any other men. And yet, Jack was one of those practically perfect hero-types who continued to show Christ’s love towards Harper and Red.
At one point a situation that arose that didn’t seem reasonable; as I read on (book 3!), it was all explained and it really did fit together. Nice!
Mild expletives were used in a few places when I would have rather they were left out. Many Christians may not even notice them. It is merely a personal preference. There was also an almost description of a rape. It was short and remained clean but it was still more than I care to read. And there was a little too much emphasis on the physical attraction – Harper was apparently beyond pretty – than I felt was necessary.
Since I mentioned the first book in the series, I’ll go ahead and mention Beauty in Battle briefly as well, being as I read that one, too. The series ended well and I would rate it with the same 4.5 stars I gave this one.
If you enjoy romantic suspense and are okay with stories a slightly of a more gritty nature, then I encourage you to check this series out.
More from Robin
I was raised in a Christian home. Our parents took my sister, my brother, and me to church every Sunday. They taught us right from wrong, but eventually, kids have to make their own choices. In my case, I chose wrong for a long time.
Don’t misunderstand: I was always a pretty nice person. I wasn’t a thief, and I didn’t kill anybody, but I made a lot of bad decisions. Sinful decisions. I discovered that one bad choice often led to the next and the next until I was trapped in a life of my own making with no idea how to get out.
But God… two of my favorite words in the English language.
God had a different plan, and He pulled me out of the muck and changed my life. He showed me that I was not the person I’d been acting like. He showed me who I was, and He taught me to walk in the truth of my identity.
Harper Cloud isn’t me, not at all. First of all, she tall and blond and drop-dead gorgeous. More than that, her choices are nothing like mine were. But she’s in the same boat I was. Thanks to a series of bad decisions, Harper was in a hole, and she didn’t know how to get herself out of it. She used drugs to quiet the condemning voices and told herself lies to make herself feel better. Someday, she told herself, she’d get her life together enough to go home to her parents. Because she couldn’t go when she was a mess. She couldn’t go until she’d done something they could be proud of.
Thanks to a bad choice in boyfriend, Harper not only didn’t go home, she ended up in prison.
Harper’s story begins two years after she’s released. It’s the story of a woman desperate to be free of her past, clinging to hope when there’s every reason to despair, and desperate to believe what she’s been told about this Savior, Jesus Christ.
Harper will learn about love and redemption and salvation in the course of the three books that make up the Beauty in Flight series. That is, if she can survive the danger that seems to follow her wherever she goes.
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