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NicolePalmdale, CAAge: 35-44Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5A Great Read!November 16, 2019NicolePalmdale, CAAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I've never read a novel by Terri Blackstock before. If I'm honest, it's because I'm a baby. Her covers scare me. I am a super sensitive woman. If I read or watch anything scary before bed, I will have nightmares. Since I work full-time during the day, most of my reading gets done at night, which means a lot of suspense novels never make it to my TBR pile. But, my husband adores Blackstock's novels and encouraged me to read this one, and the premise did sound really excellent, so I took a risk. Boy, am I glad that I did! Smoke Screen is a very well-written story: the plot is highly engaging, the characters have depth and are very relatable, and the conflicts are so frustrating I flew through the pages to get to the end because I had to know everything would turn out OK for Nate and Brenna. All in all, Smoke Screen is a seriously good read I highly recommend.
I found so much to love about this novel, but my favorite aspect is the illustration of corporate prayer. I am a BIG believer in prayer. I believe with my whole heart that God hears and answers prayers. And, I know that praying with others makes prayers super powerful. As stated in Mark 18:20, "For where two or three are gathered in My Name, there am I among them." I've read hundreds and hundreds of Christian fiction books over the years, so I've seen characters pray. I've seen characters gather together at church to pray during Sunday sermons and masses. But I've not read a Christian novel where Christian characters go on red alert, immediately gather together, and corporately pray because a member of the congregation needs help ASAP. This moment in Smoke Screen is AMAZING prayer warriors going to battle with God in order to help a member of their team. And God moves mountains for the character because of this corporate prayer. It's one of the most awe-inspiring moments I've read in a book.
My review, I fear, doesn't do Smoke Screen justice. I found this story to be sweet and romantic, frustrating and encouraging, and action-packed. If you are looking for a well-written novel filled with suspense, romance, and timely themes, then Smoke Screen is the story for you!
I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, via Celebrate Lit. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
BeckySW MIAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Guilty Until Proven Innocent?November 15, 2019BeckySW MIAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Innocent until proven guilty." If only those words were true for Nate Beckett, who left his high school sweetheart behind when Nate's dad was accused of killing Brenna Strickland's dad. When the church where Brenna's father pastored burned down shortly after that, townspeople whispered Nate was responsible.
Terri Blackstock is one of the best voices in Christian suspense. I always start her books thinking, maybe I won't like this one as much as her others. But each time Ms. Blackstock proves me wrong, whipping up the tension into high winds, my reading satisfaction spreading like wildfire as I navigate (in this case) through the very realistic, sad mess that two families have made of their lives once tragedy strikes. I loved the twists that Blackstock incorporates, as well as the strong, solid faith message she projects. Blackstock's remarks about faith are clear and concise, not preachy. I questioned an event at the end, but then again, people can be unpredictable and don't always make the decisions one might expect. If you love faith-filled suspense, this is a great book for you.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher through Celebrate Lit via NetGalley. This is no way influenced my opinions, which are solely my own.
nkwbookreviewer5 Stars Out Of 5Se ScreenNovember 15, 2019nkwbookreviewerQuality: 5Value: 5Author Terri Blackstock has written a contemporary Christian novel unlike her others in Smoke Screen. It is a suspenseful, romantic Christian mystery that had me on the edge of my seat flipping pages to see what would happen next. Blackstock is a talented wordsmith indeed.
I was immediately drawn in to the story and felt the characters' emotions. It is the tale of a love gone wrong where parents never wanted their children to be together. Smoke Screen deals with gritty real life issues so I would only recommend it to adults.
The characters are well defined and relatable. Some have many flaws and it is hard to read about them but not unimaginable. Conversations were realistic. Even the chats with the children rang true.
This is the tale of Brenna, newly divorced, and Nate, her high school sweetheart. Brenna is going through so extremely difficult trying times. Her struggles make her seek solace in a bottle of alcohol. There are many sides to this character. Nate is a complicated guy, too. I loved that he encouraged Brennan to lean on God and trust Him.
I would recommend this is adult readers that enjoy suspense and mystery. There are many life issues and timely life lessons faced in this book. I rated it a 5 out of 5. A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit but these are my honest words.
SuzieNashville, TNAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Character Study of Hurting and Flawed PeopleNovember 14, 2019SuzieNashville, TNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Phew, in Smoke Screen, Terri Blackstock delivers a book filled with hurting and flawed people. Some are sabotaging themselves, some have paid for their (and others' mistakes), and a few are given justice.
Even though I've never had any of Brenna's issues, I sure empathized with her. Nate is just the kind of person she needs in her life. Someone who sees her value and strives to show it to her.
While the family drama and relationships take the front seat for the majority of the book, there are some crimes (old and new) that are slowly being solved as the story progresses too.
I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
MJSHNJAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5another great drama from Terri BlackstockNovember 13, 2019MJSHNJAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It's another well-written novel from Terri Blackstock that is reminiscent of her Moonlighters series. It has intrigue regarding what may be considered "cold cases" from the past but the emphasis is more on the family drama and relationships as Brenna struggles through an ugly divorce and its aftermath and her old high school sweetheart returns to their hometown. There is a lot of backstory involved in Brenna and Nate's tumultuous high school relationship and the outcome of that past relationship collides with the present day happenings to bring some twists and turns to the plot. The heart-wrenching realities of divorce, alcoholism, wild fires, and desire for revenge are starkly real and the author digs deep into the emotion well to bring us close to the characters' hearts and motivations. These darker realities are balanced out by the growing affection between Brenna and Nate and lessons of faith and trust.
It's definitely not like the author's previous If I Run series in the intensity of suspense, but leans more toward her last book Catching Christmas in the intensity of emotion and shared human experience. If you enjoy contemporary fiction with a strong theme of overcoming adversity, you will enjoy this book. I received a copy of the book from Thomas Nelson via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.