Smoke Screen Review and Excerpt!

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Book: Smoke Screen

Author: Terri Blackstock

Genre:  Christian Suspense

Release Date: November 5, 2019

One father was murdered, and another convicted of his death. All because their children fell in love.

Nate Beckett has spent his life fighting wildfires instead of the lies and rumors that drove him from his Colorado home town. His mother begs him to come to Carlisle now that his father has been released from prison, but it isn’t until he’s sidelined by an injury that he’s forced to return and face his past. But that means facing Brenna too.

Fourteen years ago, Nate was in love with the preacher’s daughter. When Pastor Strickland discovered Brenna had defied him to sneak out with Nate, the fight between Strickland and Nate’s drunken dad was loud—and very public. Strickland was found murdered later that night, and everyone accused Roy Beckett. When the church burned down, people assumed it was Nate getting even for his father’s conviction. He let the rumors fly and left Carlisle without looking back.

Now, Brenna is stunned to learn that the man convicted of murdering her father has been pardoned. The events of that night set her life on a bad course, and she’s dealing with a brutal custody battle with her ex and his new wife where he’s using lies and his family’s money to sway the judge. She’s barely hanging on, and she’s turned to alcohol to cope. Shame and fear consume her.

As they deal with the present—including new information about that fateful night and a wildfire that’s threatening their town—their past keeps igniting. Nate is the steady force Brenna has so desperately needed. But she’ll have to learn to trust him again first.

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This is not your typical Terri Blackstock read, however that is not a bad thing. When I see Blackstock’s name on a book, I immediately think of suspense, action, and books that are going to keep me on my toes. This was totally different – it was full of drama, broken characters, redemption, and inspiration. I was still hooked, just in a different way.

My absolute favorite character was Brenna. She was a Christian, yes, but she was flawed – aren’t we all? Blackstock was not afraid to bring in a **gasp** big sin into this storyline. I know some readers may have issue with that, but I welcome it. We’re all sinners in some way, shape or form. Maybe we don’t know what Brenna struggled with, but her story can certainly represent a sin that we are dealing with. A sin that just won’t undo it’s grasp over us. One that easily besets us. Brenna just needed help, as do we. I found her character to be a breath of fresh air if I’m honest. I don’t always want to read about prefect characters. I want to read about the Brenna’s of the world, and how they come out of their mess, and how they learn to rely on the Lord again and remember that He never left them in the first place.

There was a little mystery in trying to figure out who actually killed Brenna’s dad and set the church on fire, but I didn’t feel like that was the main part of the story. It was really about Brenna’s growth, both as a person and as a Christian. As for Nate? Well he had some flaws himself, mainly forgiveness. I could see the wall he put up whenever he was around his father, and I was just waiting for that “aha” moment where he realized he needed to put all his anger and fears aside, and see his father for the man he was today. Just as it wasn’t easy for Nate, it’s not easy for us to do with some people. I think seeing Nate progress through the course of the story will inspire people as well.

Was this a typical Blackstock novel? For me, no. But honestly, it was so much more. I encourage you to dive in, get inspired, and learn from these flawed characters. I think you’ll find yourself encouraged and thankful you picked it up. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Terri Blackstock

Terri Blackstock has sold over seven million books worldwide and is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author. She is the award-winning author of InterventionVicious Cycle, and Downfall, as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, and the Restoration Series.

Visit her website at www.terriblackstock.com;

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Twitter: @terriblackstock

I woke up in a blinding bright room, my clothes off and something clamped to my face. I tried to reach it, but I couldn’t bend my right arm, and my hand stung. An IV was taped to my other hand, but I moved carefully and touched the thing over my face.

An oxygen mask. I tried to sit up. “What happened?”

T-bird came to my bedside, a sheen of smoky sweat still soiling his face. “Nate, lie back, man.”

“The fire,” I said. “Need to get back. My men.”

“They’re still there. Making progress. But you’re not going anywhere near a fire for a month or so.”

I took the mask off and coughed a little, but managed to catch my breath. “A month?”

“Yep. Second degree burns on 20 percent of your body. Some of the burns are deep.”

It came back to me, the event that had gotten me here.

“The family. Were they injured?”

“Not a scratch or burn. Turns out it was a U.S. Senator from Kansas. He says you’re a hero.”

“You know I had no choice. They were in the path—”

“Take the praise where you can get it, man. We don’t get that much.”

I looked at my right side. My right arm was bandaged, and so was my side and down my right leg to the point where my boots had stopped the flames. Second degree wasn’t so bad, I told myself. Third degree would have been brutal. I’d be able to leave the hospital soon. I’d heal.

“I won’t need a month,” I said.

“Yes, you will. They can’t let you go back. Doctor’s orders. You’re grounded until he releases you.”

I managed to sit up, but it was a bad idea. The burns pulling on my skin reminded me why I shouldn’t. “I can’t be grounded during fire season. Are you crazy? I need to be there. You don’t have enough men as it is.”

“Sorry, Nate. It is what it is. Why don’t you go home to Carlisle for a while? Take it easy.”

Go home? Pop had just been pardoned, and he and my mom were trying to navigate the reunion. Though she would love to have me home, I didn’t know if I was up to it. My father could be challenging, and fourteen years of prison hadn’t done him any favors.

Taken from “Smoke Screen” by Terri Blackstock. Copyright © 2019 by Terri Blackstock. Used by permission of http://www.thomasnelson.com/.

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