Tuesday, July 2, 2024

WHAT WE HIDE by Colleen Coble and Rick Acker, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise #ReleaseDay

 (A Tupelo Grove Novel Book 1)

I have always enjoyed books by Colleen Coble, especially the Pelican Harbor series. Rick Acker is a new author for me. 
This was a great second chance, romance between Hez and Savannah, with a lot of intrigue and suspense on the campus of Tupelo Grove University, where Savannah has a family history. 
The mystery of artifacts disappearing from the museum stockroom was interesting, and it got tense when her sister Jess was accused of murder. I had a bit of trouble believing that 10 year old Simon could act the way he did. I appreciated the faith talk that Hez had with his cousin. I thought Hez and Savannah needed to have a talk about their history and impending divorce sooner. The suspense was well written, and there were several people who could be candidates for the bad guys, and I did guess one of them. This book set up the next in the series and hints at being quite the suspenseful plot, I will certainly be looking for it. 

*I received a complementary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson via NetGalley. All opinions are mine alone.*4 stars and a solid faith thread 

BackCover Blurb:
Family secrets. Historical wrongs. And the truths that refuse to stay buried.

Savannah Webster is trying to find her way forward. She and her husband, Hez, have been separated since tragedy tore them apart and he began numbing his grief and guilt with alcohol. She returned to Tupelo Grove University, which her family helped found over a century ago, to teach history.

When Hez turns up in her classroom asking for a second chance, she rejects the idea immediately. But twenty-four hours later she’s under suspicion for murder, and since Hez is the best attorney she knows, she reluctantly asks him for help. They suspect the murder is tied to someone selling off the university’s pre-Columbian artifacts, but the secrets go much deeper than they realize.

The only hope they’ve got is each other, and they’re going to have to put their past behind them if they’re going to stay alive long enough to uncover all that’s hidden.

-Contemporary romantic suspense
-Perfect for fans of Laura Griffin, Laura Dave, Sarah Pearse, Allison Brennan, and Dani Pettrey
-First installment in the
Tupelo Grove series
-Book length: approximately 90,000 words
-Includes discussion questions for book clubs

Thomas Nelson Publishing, July 2024
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