Suspense and romance out in the wilds of Africa... Through the Storm by Rula Sinara (Blog Tour Review & Giveaway)


On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

This was another enjoyable read from this author (you can see my review of After the Silence here). Check out more, including my full review and the giveaway below...

Through the Storm (From Kenya, With Love #3)Through the Storm
(From Kenya, With Love #3)
Rula Sinara
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 250 pages
April 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Summary

The biggest risk she'll ever take…

Tessa Henning is no damsel. But she's definitely in distress. If her husband really is involved in the ivory trade, he'll come after her when he finds out what she's uncovered. Unfortunately, the only person who can help is Mac Walker. Stubborn, fiercely independent, danger-loving bush pilot Mac Walker—with whom she shares custody of their orphaned nephew. Though Mac's no knight in shining armor, he can keep her and their nephew safe in the Serengeti while they wait out this storm. But he can't protect Tessa from the strange weather brewing inside her, stirring up feelings for Mac she wishes she could ignore.

   
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My Review

THROUGH THE STORM was surprisingly suspenseful while also maintaining the usual sweet romance that readers can count on when reading a Harlequin Heartwarming novel. Add to that the strong feel of friendship and family, a focus on the simple things in life and on the terrible cruelty of the illegal ivory trade, and this story had added depth and emotion that immerses the reader. A story well worth the read!

From the first page, the story pulled me right in. There was an immediate connection with the heroine and then some great romantic tension as the story continues. I loved the characters, especially as Tessa adjusts, learns and grows. There were so many nuggets of wisdom too and such a warm feeling of friendship and family. I wasn't sure how I would react to a romance with a married woman, but the author did a fabulous job in making it realistic and still clean and sweet. It made me think how I would react in a similar circumstance and the heartbreak and uncertainty that would come. I would have loved a little more development or dialogue between Tessa and Mac about the past that was alluded to. They never really had an honest or complete discussion of their feelings and I would have liked that. Regardless, I really enjoyed this one and am looking forward to seeing what this author will write next.


In the end, was it what I wished for? Yes, it was. I wasn't expecting as much suspense as there was, but it drove this story. I liked the characters, the humor, and the romance. A great heartwarming read that didn't shy away from some difficult circumstances and real-life issues.

Content: Some mild violence and innuendo, but clean.

Source: Received a complimentary copy from the author through Prism Book Tours, which did not affect my review in any way.

Other Books in the Series

The Promise of Rain (Book 1)The Promise of Rain
(From Kenya, With Love #1)
Rula Sinara
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
January 1st 2014 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Summary

He wants to take her child out of Africa...

The Busara elephant research and rescue camp on Kenya's Serengeti is Anna Bekker's life's work. And it's the last place she thought she'd run into Dr. Jackson Harper. As soon as he sets eyes on her four-year-old, Pippa, Anna knows he'll never leave...without his daughter.

Furious doesn't begin to describe how Jack feels. How could Anna keep this from him? He has to get his child back to the States. Yet as angry as he is with Anna, they still have a bond. But can it endure, despite the ocean--and the little girl--between them?

   
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After the Silence
(From Kenya, With Love #2)
Rula Sinara
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 pages
March 1st 2015 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Summary

Does following her passion mean losing her way?

Marine Ben Corallis is an expert at facing death, but nothing comes close to the terror that grounds him when his wife is killed in a car accident the day he returns from duty. He's left to raise an infant, a toddler and a ten-year-old girl who hasn't uttered a word since her mother's death.

It's hard not to care for the widowed marine with three young children. Yet he's still grieving, too burdened with guilt to fall in love again. And Hope Alwanga's future as a doctor awaits her on the other side of the world, in Nairobi. If two such opposites can't agree on a common country, how can they ever create a safe place to call home?

   
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About the Author


After a childhood enriched with exotic travels and adventures (both in books and real life), USA Today and Amazon Bestselling author Rula Sinara is now settled in rural Virginia with her husband, three boys and crazy but endearing pets. When she's not writing, she's busy attracting wildlife to her yard, watching romantic movies or researching trees on her garden wish list.

In addition to being a coffee addict, she's also a 2015 HOLT Medallion Award of Merit winner, a 2014 National Reader's Choice Award winner and double finalist, a 2015 Golden Quill Award Runner Up and a 2015 Book Buyers Best third place recipient. For updates on her releases and more, sign up for her newsletter.

US PRIZE PACK: One winner will receive 3 'From Kenya, With Love' series canvas tote bags (one of each book), bookmarks, autographed copies of The Promise of Rain and After the Silence, and a $10 Amazon gift card.

INTERNATIONALLY OPEN PRIZE: One winner will receive Kindle copies of The Promise of Rain and After the Silence.

Ends June 17th

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