“Facing the Enemy” ~ a JustRead Blog Tour & Giveaway (ends 5/17/22)

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Facing the Enemy JustRead Blog Tour Welcome to the Blog Tour for the Facing the Enemy by Paige Edwards, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Facing the EnemyTitle: Facing the Enemy Series: Roxbury Heirs #1 Author: Paige Edwards Publisher: Covenant Communications Release Date: April 4, 2022 Genre: Romantic Suspense, Christian

Lady Elise Henderson lives two separate lives. At home in Scotland, she’s the titled daughter of the Marquess of Roxbury, an heiress in her own right. In London, however, she’s Elise Taylor, a top MI6 operative for the “home office.” But when a devastating accident threatens to end her career, Elise is left with far too much time for self-reflection and the regret of a decision made long ago that features one man: fellow MI6 agent Harry Benson. Harry Benson, the son of servants, has loved Elise for the better part of a decade. But life took them on separate journeys until their worlds converged once more. An immediate assignment to the Scottish Borders leaves Harry little time to make provisions for his small, rambunctious son, Sammy. Harry knows only one person he can rely on for the boy’s care—Elise. When Elise brings Sammy to her ancestral estate, she never imagines that a nemesis from her past looms in the shadows, hungry for revenge. Stalked at every turn, Elise and Harry discover that fighting their feelings for one another is futile, but can they survive long enough to get another shot at true love?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paige Edwards

Paige Edwards is an award-winning author and a Reader’s Favorite finalist of contemporary romances with a side-order of suspense. She holds a degree in interior design and has worked professionally in that field. Due to her deep British roots, Paige’s books are often set in the UK, and she hops the pond whenever she gets the chance. She is styled the Lady Paige Edwards when in Scotland, but her favorite title is Grandma. When she needs a break from writing, she serves as president of her area’s Interfaith Community Council, is fond of digging in the dirt (what some might call gardening), biking battlefields, and kayaking on the lake. Paige is a member of ACFW, ANWA, and Storymakers Guild.

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TOUR GIVEAWAY

(5) winners will receive a signed copy of Facing the Enemy!

Facing the Enemy JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight May 10, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on May 17, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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My thoughts

I have to admit, I fell in love with Paige Edwards’ Facing the Enemy when I saw its striking cover for the first time! And, it hasn’t disappointed me at all. Although the cover looks a bit medieval, it’s set in the here and now time frame. With the most captivating of characters!

Elise and Harry loved each other deeply years ago. But when Elise dumped him, Harry married soon after and now has a young elementary-school-aged son. His wife didn’t stick around, but Harry’s parents help care for their grandson when Harry is overseas. Because Harry and Elise both serve MI-6, the organization made famous by “Bond. James Bond.” MI-6 is also known as SIS, the Secret Intelligence Service. So you can guess what its agents do overseas; the high-minded name for their work is espionage. Which we all know can look like millions of different things.

When we meet Harry for the first time, he’s scrambling over rooftops trying to avoid bullets after his cover is blown. If he can make to to the pier at nightfall, he’ll board a boat heading for Tunisia, and after that, for the Home Office in London.

Elise is already there. Following a horrific car crash with a known criminal, she’s still trying to regain her former stamina; and worse, to deal with a health prognosis that she never expected. She’s instructed to spend the next six weeks healing and doing physical therapy.

And so, with Harry’s continued assignment and Elise’s medical leave, they both end up in Scotland; together again for the first time in a decade. She’s heading for her parents’ ancestral estate and he’s being sent to a military base. Because before he left the region where his cover was blown, he discovered that someone was smuggling British armaments to the warlord general who’s attacking his own country in his coup attempt.

But there are complications. Harry still loves Elise, who’s hiding her own complicated feelings under her own tough agent exterior. Obviously she cares for him…but there is that diagnosis she hasn’t shared with anyone. And there’s Sammy, Harry’s son, who’s has supposedly been under the care of Elise’s family’s cadre of servants; but he escapes them every time and has already ended up not only in mischief but in physical danger. Harry is undercover, trying to discover who’s behind the arms smuggling. And unbeknownst to the pair, Elise’s nemesis, a dealer and trafficker who has plans to move into an even more hideous type of crime, has an ultimate plan to carry out revenge. And the target of that revenge is Elise; and the trafficker doesn’t care whom he harms in the process.

Do not miss this book if you’re a lover of the spy genre (as I am)! It’s fascinating to visit the MI6 world and Paige Edwards has crafted a gripping tale. Lost loves, constant suspense, and this actual battle between the forces of human evil and the faithful and good who stand against them is not to be missed. Paige Edwards is a fantastic writer; I loved Harry, Elise, and Sammy–and you will too!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Erin Bartels’ “The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water” ~ a Revell Reads Review

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I was so thrilled to get to read Erin Bartels’ newest! Revell Reads kindly sent me a digital e-book version of The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water. I admit, I was captivated by the cover before I even knew what it was about. As it turned out, the book was as gorgeous and as haunting as the cover is.

My impressions of The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water

I’ve heard it said that writers should never read reviews of their work. Something akin to that is the problem, the weight, that Kendra Brennan is carrying around: a letter from someone signed as, A Very Disappointed Reader. Now. That’s not disheartening, is it?

There’s also another weight. Kendra is the author of a best-selling book. Her first one, as a matter of fact, and such a success that her second book has already received an advance. The only problem? She hasn’t been able to get any words down on paper. And the time is ticking by…

For many years of her childhood life, Kendra spent her summers at her grandparents’ cottage on the remote Hidden Lake in Michigan. She met her best friend there, after Cami’s adoptive parents brought her home from China. Kendra’s and Cami’s summers were spent in utter happiness there together; in the water, on the sand, in the canoes, or on their special island. Robert and Beth, Cami’s parents, adopted Tyler, an older boy from China. And the once-besties-type of friendship between the two girls begins to erode. Eventually, Kendra stopped coming to the lake. And Cami and Kendra haven’t spoken, or seen each other, in years.

So, Kendra, who’s lost her grandmother and grandfather, is returning to the empty cottage in the hopes of jump-starting her writing. Of breaking the writer’s block that has stymied her efforts. Her first book, which was fiction, was viewed by many as autobiographical, with obvious villains and heroes. But after receiving the unhappy reader’s letter (which has never left Kendra’s possession) her well of words has dried up. Maybe her book was autobiographical. The letter’s words, “Your book…is the work of a selfish opportunist who was all too ready to monetize the suffering of others…” are branded on her mind, ever-present in her days and her nights, serving as a painful roadblock. Its intimate words make her believe that the author has to be someone from Hidden Lake. Someone who knows.

But then.

A German translator, Andreas, arrives at the lake, there to get her words just right in the translation of the bestseller. Robert and Beth are there. Tyler arrives. But Cami is still missing.

Sometimes the past really is shrouded in mystery. We see faintly the moments of our own histories, but we wrestle with their pain, especially if they are childhood pains. I found Kendra’s struggle, with so many missing pieces that she feels she desperately needs to know, to be a true and honest one. The reader hopes beyond hope that she will find peace, and restoration, even when Kendra’s path might take her places she really doesn’t want to go. Perhaps Kendra will find the Very Disappointed Reader. Or maybe not. In any case, don’t miss The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water. You won’t be able to put it down. Erin Bartels excels at bringing the reader along in her protagonist’s journey. There is beauty and brokenness here; but there is also a truth that we all need to know.

This is a book worth reading. And when you do read it, don’t miss the author’s note at the end of the book.

–Wren

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads. All opinions are my own.