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Running Home Paperback – January 20, 2012
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About the Author
Barbara Ellen Brink lives in the great state of Minnesota with her husband, their two dogs, Rugby and Willow, and their two adult children living nearby. She spends much time writing, reading, motorcycling, running, and enjoying life with the family and friends that God has given her.
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The story begins one morning when Ivy answers the phone and talks to her husband Todd, a man she no longer knows nor understands. He wasn’t home again last night. It’s his son’s birthday, and he promises to show up for his party.
Todd, though, is plotting his get-away. He needs to get lost and fast. But first, he shows up at his son’s party—late, but at least he was there. He gifts his son a bike and a little bit of his time before he walks out of their lives forever.
He meets his lover, and the plane takes off.
Ivy Winter realizes her husband has left her, and she moves back to Nebraska, where her family lives. She gets a call from her husband’s company. They’re looking for him, and they say it’s serious.
They’re not the only ones looking for Todd. So is the FBI, and they send Samson Sinclair and another man on the case. Samson is immediately attracted to Ivy, and she is suspicious.
The phone rings again, and someone asks Ivy for the disc. She has no idea what they’re talking about and even less idea with whom she’s speaking.
Samson ends up being her next apartment neighbor. Ivy thinks something smells fishy. Samson knows he’s telling Ivy half-truths and worse, but it’s part of being a detective. He has to deceive.
As I knew, Ivy and Samson become closer, the husband has his own problems, and the story continues. There is a good twist at the end, and I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you, if you enjoy Grace Livingstone Hill or Janette Oke kinds of books.
This is a clean story. It has a few kissing scenes but nothing “too warm.”
For me, Running Home was too predictable and too trite. The FBI agents didn’t ring true at all, and they gave up their cover much too soon. It also bothered me that the romance began while Ivy was married. There are a few spelling errors, more than a few thumping hearts, sighs, electric touches, and overused clichés. When Ivy “smooths her slacks” and “fluffs her hair,” I can hardly stand it.
Entertaining but not outstanding.
The suspense kept me going through the entire book.
I loved the two main characters and how they managed romance through all the chaos. I am glad that Ivy gets a second chance at love.
I look forward to reading more about Raven in the next book.
We find The Lord forgives your sins and welcomes you back into the fold, no matter how much time has passed.
Overall this was an enjoyable reading experience.
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I felt like I was part of the story! Excellent writing!
It's-real page turner.