About the Book
Book: Forgiven Again
Series: Shadows Over Whitman, #2
Author: Gina Holder
Release Date: November 3, 2020 — Happy Release Day!!!
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense, Christian
She’s running for governor. He’s a pastor. Will they risk their lives to keep a secret?
Annie Staten, now known as Kathleen Phillips, has dreamed of pursuing a political career and following in her father’s footsteps. But Richard was a hated man during his tenure as governor and now his enemies will stop at nothing to prevent his daughter from winning the election.
Ryan Whitestone has loved Annie since high school, but his heart is broken by the woman she has become. When the daughter she gave up for adoption comes back into her life, can he help her heal from her pain and remind her of who she used to be?
Will Kathleen be able to forgive herself, put the past behind her, and find love again?
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Forgiven Again by Gina Holder is one wild ride! This story has it all — murder, mystery, family angst, intrigue, suspense, and romance. There is truly never a dull moment in this book! I love that this story is told through multiple perspectives. I appreciated seeing things through the main characters’ points of view, of course, but I also liked seeing things through the eyes of the bad guy. The reader doesn’t know the bad guy’s identity until the end, but getting glimpses into his psyche really elevates the intrigue and suspense. I am a huge fan of Shakespeare, so to see lines from his plays weaved creatively into the narrative was super fun and unique. And, I feel the various themes Ms. Holder discusses throughout this story are thoughtful and timely for today.
The heroine in this story, Kathleen, has major daddy issues. Her whole life has been dedicated to the pursuit of making her earthly father proud. Unfortunately, Kathleen’s never-ending need to make her father proud has turned her into a severely ruthless woman. She will do whatever it takes to get what she wants. I have to admit, I struggled with Kathleen a lot. She is mean and she treats people very badly. When mysterious and bad things begin to happen to her, I had a hard time feeling badly for Kathleen. I sort of felt like she was getting what she deserved. I fully get wanting to make a parent proud. I’m an oldest child. I’m pretty positive it’s in my DNA to strive for the approval of my parents. Growing up, I worked and worked and worked to make my mom and dad proud yet I rarely ever got that “atta girl!” I was so desperate for. I eventually came to realize that my parents are who they are and nothing I could do as a kid could change them, and that’s OK. In reality, the only one I need to make proud is my Father in Heaven. Once I realized this fact, the stress of getting my earthly parents’ approval went by the wayside, which is quite freeing. Does Kathleen come to this same conclusion? Well, you’ll just have to read Forgiven Again to find out!
Forgiven Again is a well-written, engaging Romantic Suspense novel that I highly recommend. If you are in the mood for a unique and engaging Suspense novel that keeps you guessing right up to the end then Forgiven Again by Gina Holder is definitely the story for you!
***Disclaimer*** Forgiven Again is book two in the Shadows Over Whitman series. While I do think you could read this novel as a stand alone, I really do not recommend doing that. Book one, No Greater Love, really sets the groundwork for book 2. I highly recommend reading book one first before you read Forgiven Again.
I received a copy of this novel in eBook form from the author, Gina Holder, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.