Saturday, 18 April 2015

A Promise to Protect by Patricia Bradley

...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 everying in her power to avoid Ben, it's no easy task. And the secret she is keeping just may change their lives forever.

Review:  I've read a batch of rather dissapointing mysteries lately. You know the kind where the characters are over dramatic, the villins just too villanous and the heros too spectacular? Where the twists and turns just make the hero look mentally slow because you figured out who the bad guy is three chapters in? Yeah.

So I went into this book with rather low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. "A Promise to Protect" is a solid read. The characters are well written and developed - you can tell that Bradley spent a lot of time getting to know them. I also really liked the variety of characters. Bradley writes people so well. Leah's son is a typical 10 year old, and the dialgoue and characteristics are well done. Ben's dad is a stroke victim, and again, the inclusion of this character really adds to the full scope of the story. I enjoyed the variety. Another invaluable aspect of a book to me is the plot. No matter how wonderful the characters are, it gets pretty dull if nothing is happening and the story isn't moving along. In "A Promise to Protect", the plot was clever and believable, and I had no trouble keeping the pages turning as my interest held from the first page to the last. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good crime story with some romance mixed in.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Revell and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from BakerBooks, a division of Baker Publishing Group"

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