Title: House Of Refuge
Author: Jamie Lynn Boothe
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Inspirational
Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC
Publication Date: March 21, 2017
Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work and chose to write a review.
Blurb From Goodreads:
Trinity Everhart thought her life was perfect—until it all changed within the blink of an eye…
Stuck in an abusive relationship after her mother’s death, Trinity neglects her connection with God while she lives in constant fear for her life. She wants nothing more than to break free from the prison she’s in and to return to a life that includes her love for photography and her religion. When she makes her escape, Trinity finds herself in the company of people who are willing to help her start over.
Gates Longman has seen his fair share of horrors and doesn’t need any more complications…
The ex-Navy SEAL wants to live his life in peace at Smith Mountain Lake, yet when an old friend calls upon him to aid a helpless young woman, he’s unable to say no. After agreeing to help Trinity and hearing her story, Gates is convinced the man from her past won’t let her go so easily, and he’s determined to do whatever he can to keep her safe.
To get through the toughest storms, sometimes all you need is love and a little faith…
At his cabin, Trinity finds solace and a chance to grow closer to God again, while Gates is given an opportunity to break down his inner walls. The more time they spend together, the more comfortable they become, bringing out feelings they have difficulty controlling. Now they need to decide if being together is just a chance happening, or if God’s hand is a bigger part of it.
But Trinity still isn’t safe, and there’s a danger lurking in the shadows, threatening to break down what they have managed to build together…
First off the inspirational isn’t my cup of tea but that’s not why I gave this a four star. Other than the details I had some idea of what was going to happen and predictable books annoy me. I did like the characters, and the writing was strong yet simple. I also loved the fact that this was a interracial romance, still not seeing many of those. And the fact that the author is male yet is able to understand what it is women love to read is always a bonus! Trinity is a strong character, which surprised me. Most women who’ve been in an abusive relationship for a period of time are usually somewhat broken that they are scared to tell people what is going on, and definitely aren’t very trusting. Trinity didn’t have any of those characteristics, she had no problem telling anyone and everyone her story, along with going with a stranger to another state. It just wasn’t very realistic to me, I know it’s fiction, and it’s just my opinion.