Audrey Allen is poised to become the youngest Texas senator. Achieving her dream is only days away, but there is one person who could stir up serious trouble for her budding career, Ethan Tanner.
An ambitious and tantalizing journalist, Ethan holds a deep grudge against politicians, and his latest target is Audrey Allen. Her seemingly flawless record is too clean for any candidate.
In true journalistic form, he cunningly procures an invite to Thanksgiving dinner at her family home for an in-depth look at the candidate. Small town life in East Texas is nothing as it seems, as Audrey’s legendary peacemaking skills in her hometown are fruitless where memories and grudges run deep from a decade-old tragedy. Even though his motives are not entirely honorable at the onset, Ethan soon realizes that Audrey’s remarkable abilities and sultry charms could melt HIS grudge away, for good.
With prejudices running both ways, Audrey is determined to keep a short leash on this reporter with the devilish eyes to make sure he keeps his promise of fair reporting. Most journalist only dream of a chance to uncover catastrophic events from a politician’s past, but Ethan’s heart may be changing. Will he find that he values finding love more than getting the story?
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Audrey's campaign was in full swing and she's decided to go back to her hometown for awhile. She knew things would be difficult there, but Audrey felt it was time to be part of her family again. The voters called her 'The Peacemaker' and she hoped it worked in her favor when she reached home. To add to her stress, an investigative reported asks to tag along. Audrey didn't want her secret to be told. Great characters who are fully developed and relate-able give this book a perfect start. You'll be touched by this story and you may need tissues. It really pulls at the heartstrings. Secrets and small towns go together like PB&J. I could sympathize with Audrey because all of the small towns I've lived in were like this. I did find issues. Though the basic story is good, it reads very slowly. I feel portions of the book could have been removed or shortened to make it read better. I give this one 4 cheers out of 5 because of the issues above. ~Copy of book provided by author and I voluntarily reviewed it.
STORY-LINE AUDREY'S PROMISE: Although classified as a romantic suspense novel, the reader finds much more in Audrey's Promise. Author Susan Sheehey filled this novel with emotion, suspense, and intrigue. Audrey Allen's poised at the pinnacle of success. Running for senate in the great state of Texas, if elected Audrey, aka the Peacemaker, would be the youngest member elected. Supporting the establishment/funding for a much-needed crisis center as well as running for office, Audrey has a busy life. However, on her trail tabloid journalist Ethan Tanner, intends to bring down another politician with their hidden secrets or dirty laundry. All he has to do, is discover the Peacemaker's dirty secrets, write the article of a lifetime which will sabotage her political campaign, and his boat will sail into the New York Times. He knows she cannot really be as squeaky clean as she appears; after finagling an invitation to her small home town family Thanksgiving, he is ready to strike. Things heat up as Ethan and Audrey face off. The family is not happy in the Biddinger household nor is small town Mackineer, Texas when Audrey shows up.. To say they are less than happy to see Audrey after 10 years is an understatement. Ethan finds more than he ever expected as he meets a hostile family and town ready to tar and feather Audrey. Holding grudges and malice, and with malicious intent, they turn from Audrey with word and deed. Ethan finds Audrey very much alone without friends or family for support. Why is Audrey's last name Allen instead of Biddinger? What grudge does everyone hold against Audrey? What sin did she commit? Ethan's determined to find the story behind all the hostilities and dropped hints. He knows he has hit the big time, all he has to do is what he does so well, ferret out Audrey's secrets. However, fate has other ideas as the attraction between Audrey and Ethan heats up. Ethan finds himself in a quarry; what will he do? Grab a comfortable seat, my romance suspense novel review of Audrey's Promise follows. CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT: Firstly, let me say, what a power packed novel the reader finds in Audrey's Promise. Author Susan Sheehey expertly lays the ground work and plot lines in such a way the reader's hooked immediately. Leaving hints all through the story-line, Sheehey does not reveal the plot lines until the last possible minute; and what plot threads she has crafted! As a result, the reader finds suspense and mystery in abundance. As Sheehey reveals the plots, have a box of Kleenex handy as Audrey's Promise is a heart wrenching book. Secondly, filling small town USA with less than stellar citizens, Sheehey expertly demonstrates the human trait of blaming others for your own misfortune and life disappointments. Family dynamics are at high peak in Audrey's Promise as we watch Audrey stand alone against everyone including her beloved brother and father. Sheehey character development of Audrey and Ethan was intense and strong. Each character's independent, strong-willed, and determined. As the story-line's revealed the reader can not help but feel heart weary for Audrey. I cried many times during my reading of Audrey's Promise, as well as, rooting for both Ethan and Audrey by the end of the story. Can love conqueror all? Finally, in concluding my romance suspense novel review of Audrey's Promise, I found a story-line full of twists and turns. Sheehey wove emotion and suspense throughout