Full of romance and suspense... Catherine's Intrigue by Paige Edwards (Review & #Giveaway)

I really enjoyed this debut, so definitely read my review and enter the tour giveaway below...

Catherine's Intrigue
By Paige Edwards
LDS Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 320 Pages
March 1st 2019 by Covenant Communications, Inc.


To fulfill her mother's last request, twenty-four-year-old historic design specialist Catherine Pressley-Coombes travels to England in order to investigate an elusive family line. Armed with an illegible diary, she is determined to discover the identity of her mysterious ancestress. Distracted by an Elizabethan manor and unused to British country roads, Catherine runs her car into a ditch. Luckily, Nick Davidson, a handsome, hard-working local rides in on his tractor to save the day. As the down-to-earth manager of his family's estate, Nick also happens to be one of England's most eligible aristocrats.

Nick is certainly not the kind of man Catherine would fall for, a man dogged by media and rumor. So why does she find the English lord so irresistible? Even though she can't overlook their differing values and beliefs, as she and Nick spend time together, their attraction deepens. While she battles through romantic turmoil, Catherine is beleaguered with far more sinister concerns: a series of unexplainable misfortunes that are not mere accidents. With her heart on the line, Catherine discovers her life is in jeopardy, and she has no idea who the perpetrator is but she has a growing suspicion that the danger might be connected to whatever secrets lie hidden in her ancestor's diary.

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My Review

CATHERINE'S INTRIGUE is a story full of romance and suspense with an aspect of religion weaved in. The heroine is easily likable and the hero charming, with some wonderful family dynamics, a small-town feel, and a simmering suspense plot, it makes for an entertaining read from beginning to end! Definitely recommended to LDS romantic suspense fans!

I can't express how much I enjoyed these characters! Catherine is smart, beautiful, humble, and just a girl that anyone would love as a best friend. I loved her frankness and her passion. Nick is the perfect charming English gentleman, but with a down-to-earth personality and genuine warmth that you can't help fall for. I also adored Catherine's brother, Jack, and her best friend, Gillian, as well as some other fun characters.

The romance starts from an instantaneous attraction that is almost love-at-first-sight, but it progresses over time, which I appreciated. I also loved the crazy chemistry and the relationship between Catherine and Nick. It was seriously swoon worthy.

The religious aspect was a tough one. These types of stories, where one main character is very religious and another is not and that creates a separation between them, can be difficult to pull off. It is a fairy tale in so many ways and unrealistic, but in so many other ways the exact opposite as it does happen in reality. There were so many ways this could have gone and I don't want to give anything away. I thought the author managed the situation fairly well, but I know it won't be for everyone.

The suspense was an interesting counterpart to the romance. The villains are somewhat amateur, but a real threat. I could see how circumstances made someone feel threatened and then turn sinister. There was some very intense and somewhat violent moments towards the climatic conclusion. Overall, the suspense worked for me and drove the plot. I couldn't have asked for more.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I thoroughly enjoyed reading this! Mix an American heiress in her own right who could be the girl-next-door and a charming English aristocrat, throw in plenty of romantic sparks, and some intense suspense and you have a story guaranteed to be enjoyable. You also end up with a new fan and a reader who can't wait for this debut author's next release!

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the tour host/NetGalley, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

About the Author

Born and raised in Southern California, Paige Edwards is a multi-award-winning author who enjoys clean romances and thrillers. A BYU-I alumna, she went on to graduate summa cum laude from NOVA with a degree in interior design. Her husband's job transferred their family to the mid-Atlantic states where they have lived ever since. As a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and former chapter registrar, she has spent time researching applicants' genealogical credentials. When she needs a break from writing, you can find her shooing deer out of her garden, biking battlefields, or kayaking on the lake.

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