Book Recommendation – Believing the Hero by Tara Grace Ericson

Book Description:

She’s been alone for years. Can this secret agent convince her to love again?

Jan Clark lost her firefighter husband ten years ago. She fills her days running Stories and Scones and doting on her first grandchild. Finding someone new feels like betraying the husband she loved for decades, and the thought of tragically losing someone again is terrifying. But Pete O’Rourke is handsome, charming, and makes her feel young again—and what could be safer than an insurance agent?

Pete moved back to Freedom, Colorado after 25 years as a CIA operative, not that anyone around here thinks he did anything but sit at a desk. Now, he is content with his quiet life as an insurance agent and real estate investor. When he finally convinces the lovely widow, Jan, to give a relationship a shot, everything seems to be falling into place. Until an unexpected visitor from his past arrives in Freedom and threatens to ruin the holiday.

Now, Pete is pulled back into the dangerous secrets of his past. He’ll do anything to protect his town and the woman he loves, but the high stakes could be too much for their fledgling relationship to handle.

Return to Freedom, Colorado and enjoy the faith, friendships, and forever-afters of the Heroes of Freedom Ridge in this Christian Christmas Romance.

Believing the Hero is book 9 in the Heroes of Freedom Ridge series, but each of the books can be read on its own.

Narelle’s Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading Believing the Hero, book 9 in the Heroes of Freedom Ridge multi-author series set in a small town in Colorado. Pete is a retired CIA operative who returned to his home town many years ago. Few people in town know he used to be secret agent, and he’s happy to work in insurance and leave his old life behind. Jan is a widow who runs a book store cafe and adores spending time with her first grandchild. Jan has known Pete for years, and they’ve started to care for each other as more than friends.

Just when Pete thinks it’s safe to have a personal life and develop a romantic relationship, a threat from his past throws a big spanner in his plans to move his relationship with Jan from friends into romance territory. Jan has baggage from her past that makes it hard for her to manage dangerous situations and risk loving Pete.

The story takes place over Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I loved the skiing and snowy mountains resort story setting. I recommend Believing the Hero to contemporary romance readers who like friends-to-more mature romance novellas with a light suspense thread and a strong faith element in the story.

Believing the Hero by Tara Grace Ericson is a 2022 ACFW Carol Award finalist in the Novella category.

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