I have loved every one of Hallee Bridgeman’s books that I have read and A Carol for Kent is no exception! It is book three in the Song of Suspense series and is packed with interesting characters that feel so “real” to me and a suspenseful story line that kept me guessing till the end.
I love the romantic set up in this story. Carol and Bobby find out that they have been lied to for years by Bobby’s parents. They have a child together and Carol was told that Bobby did not want anything to do with her. Meanwhile, Bobby’s parents never told him that he is a father. So, years later, Carol and Bobby have a lot to work through. But, the tension is directed more at the parents who kept them both in the dark for so long. This premise lends itself so well to the theme of forgiveness that runs through the book.
And, wow, the suspense in A Carol for Kent is great! There is a serial killer on the loose who is taking out women around town. The killer is definitely one step ahead of the investigators. How many women will lose their lives before this killer can be stopped? And who is the killer’s ultimate target?
I definitely recommend A Carol for Kent to romantic suspense readers. You can read my review of book one, A Melody for James, here. I am looking forward to reading book four in the series, and I realized that I still need to read book two as well! I will be doing so soon. (5 stars)
I received a copy of this book from the author, through The Book Club Network, in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
A Ruthless Serial Killer Seeks to End a Love Song Eight Years in the Making.
Assistant Commonwealth Attorney CAROL MABRY heads up an investigation into a string of stranglings in Virginia’s capital. The serial killer known as Richmond Red remorselessly snuffs out beautiful young women with violin strings before ritually enshrining their lovely lifeless bodies inside a pentagram of blood red candles.
Country music superstar BOBBY KENT makes an unscheduled return trip to his Virginia home for the first time in years. To his shock, he discovers that he and Carol have a young daughter, Lisa. His parents have kept Lisa hidden from him her entire life while simultaneously deceiving Carol about Bobby’s interest in fatherhood.
Angry and hurt over the deception, Carol and Bobby strive to cope with this newly discovered reality. They struggle to overcome harmful secrets and years of lies to decide whether they have a future. Neither of them realize how every waking moment they move closer to the serial killer who harbors an unnatural and deadly obsession.
With the beautiful Carol locked in Richmond Red’s sites, the clock is ticking down to her destruction. Will the two find love, or is their sonata striking a dangerous final chord?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Hallee Bridgeman is a best-selling Christian author who writes action-packed romantic suspense focusing on realistic characters who face real world problems. Her work has been described as everything from refreshing to heart-stopping exciting and edgy.
An Army brat turned Floridian, Hallee finally settled in central Kentucky with her family so that she could enjoy the beautiful changing of the seasons. She enjoys the roller-coaster ride thrills that life with a National Guard husband, a teenaged daughter, and two elementary aged sons delivers.
A prolific writer, when she’s not penning novels, you will find her in the kitchen, which she considers the ‘heart of the home’. Her passion for cooking spurred her to launch a whole food, real food “Parody” cookbook series. In addition to nutritious, Biblically grounded recipes, readers will find that each cookbook also confronts some controversial aspect of secular pop culture.
Hallee is a member of the Published Author Network (PAN) of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) where she serves as a long time board member in the Faith, Hope, & Love chapter. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the American Christian Writers (ACW) as well as being a member of Novelists, Inc. (NINC).
Hallee loves coffee, campy action movies, and regular date nights with her husband. Above all else, she loves God with all of her heart, soul, mind, and strength; has been redeemed by the blood of Christ; and relies on the presence of the Holy Spirit to guide her. She prays her work here on earth is a blessing to you and would love to hear from you. You can reach Hallee at firstname.lastname@example.org.