Hidden Truth Book 1
by Robin Patchen
Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense 420 pages
“Of course, no matter where in the world she was, she could never have stayed hidden, not as long as he was willing to kill innocent people until he found her. The question was, had he stopped killing people, or was she next on his list?”
She married her enemy…
When investigative journalist Reagan McAdams discovers her new husband is part of an international crime family, she flees Paris with their newborn and returns to her childhood home in New Hampshire, where she’ll gather her inheritance before she disappears forever. She’ll do whatever it takes to protect her son from his criminal father.
He never quit loving her.
Detective Brady Thomas discovers Rae is back and in trouble, and he plans to protect her and her son, whether she wants his help or not.
The death toll rises.
But when Rae's husband starts killing people to smoke her out, she has to decide what—and who—she’ll have to sacrifice to save her son.
“Marisa peered down the stairs, toward the street, at the sidewalk. Her sister and her daughter had been there just a moment before. They should have been staring back up at her, waving, smiling. But they were gone.”
She thought they’d never find her… Marisa Vega’s life as an adoptive mom in a tiny Mexican village isn’t what she’d dreamed while growing up in New York, but as the target of a man who’s convinced she stole millions from him, Marisa believes hiding is her only way to stay alive. When her daughter is snatched and held for ransom, Marisa must discover who really stole the money in order to rescue her.
He swore he’d never play the hero again. Months after being kidnapped, tortured, and left with PTSD, Nate Boyle is ready to live a quiet life in rural New Hampshire. When the source of his breakout newspaper article—and the woman who haunts his dreams—begs for help, he gets pulled into a riddle that’s proved unsolvable for nearly a decade.
Can Nate and Marisa unravel the years-old mystery and bring her daughter home? Romance, suspense, and a darling four-year-old girl you’ll fall in love with.
“A pistol pressed against his son’s temple. A dark hand came into view, then an arm. Then a man came from behind the door and lifted his finger to his lips.”
He had no idea it was so bad.
Former FBI agent Garrison Kopp suspected his teenage son was in trouble, but a midnight summons to the ER reveals the drug problem is more serious than he thought. Desperate to get his son away from negative influences, he asks a beautiful and kind new friend who owns rental properties for a place to stay.
She’ll help, as long as she doesn’t have to risk anything.
Vacation homeowner Samantha Messenger is happy to provide Garrison and his son a lake cabin where they can regroup. She helps him search for a good rehab facility and tries not to hope for more than friendship. After what she’s been through, more isn’t an option, no matter what her heart wants.
Big trouble comes in tiny packages.
Sparks fly between them as Sam and Garrison work together to help the resistant teen.
But that becomes the least of their problems when a package planted in Garrison’s car lures enemies to the idyllic cabin on the lake. With their lives—and love—on the line, can they protect all they hold dear?
"Kelsey didn’t want to reach for Carlos. Didn’t want to willingly walk to him. But she had to do what she could for Eric. Maybe Carlos would let her see him one last time. She took Carlos’s hand, swallowed a sob, and stepped into the house."
A lost little boy steals his heart. When Eric finds eight-year-old Daniel alone in the woods, he has no idea where the boy came from or how he's survived the wintery New Hampshire weather. He figures once he hands the boy off to child services, his part in Daniel's drama will be over. He couldn't be more wrong.
She’ll do anything to keep her son safe. Kelsey sneaks into Nutfield with a goal and a secret, but when she's arrested and sees Eric, her first and only love, all her plans to expose her enemy fall apart.
The past catches up with them. Together, Eric and Kelsey fight to protect Daniel, an innocent child caught in a dangerous game. Can Eric help Kelsey bring down her enemies without risking his heart...again? Will Kelsey have to walk away from the only man she's ever loved...again?
Robin Patchen writes contemporary Christian suspense, romance, and romantic suspense. Her books are often set in New England, where she grew up. She creates strong, protective heroes and intelligent, courageous heroines.
Aside from her family and her Savior, Robin Patchen has two loves—writing and traveling. If she could combine them, she’d spend a lot of time sitting in front of her laptop at sidewalk cafes and ski lodges and beachside burger joints. She’d visit every place in the entire world—twice, if possible—and craft stories and tell people about her Savior. Alas, time is too short and money is too scarce for Robin to traipse all over the globe, even if her husband and kids wanted to go with her. So she stays in Oklahoma, shares the Good News when she can, and writes to illustrate the unending grace of God through the power and magic of story.
The Real Nutfield, New Hampshire
I’ve lived in Oklahoma for 22 years. This rolling land with its stubby trees and breathtaking sunsets has become comfortable for me. It’s where all three of my children were born and raised. It’s where both my parents grew up and now live again. It’s a wonderful place to raise children.
But home will always be New Hampshire.
My family moved to Londonderry, a small town about forty miles north of Boston, when I was three years old. I went through twelve years of school there, met my husband there. And though I haven’t lived there in almost a quarter of a century, when someone says the word “home,” I think of Londonderry.
My Hidden Truth series takes place in a fictional town called Nutfield, New Hampshire.
Want to hear a secret? Nutfield was the original name for my hometown, way back in the early 1700s. In fact, the town was incorporated as “Londonderry” by a small group of Irish immigrants who relocated there in 1722 when they heard about a 12-square-mile area “abound with nut trees.” (http://www.londonderryhistory.org/history/)
I borrowed the name, though I put my Nutfield nearer the coast and in a more remote and less populated area, because I needed more of a small-town feel than current-day Londonderry offers.
It’s a good thing the fictional Nutfield is far from the beaten path. They have enough trouble there as it is and certainly don’t need an interstate running through to add more.
In Twisted Lies, my hero and heroine must solve an eight-year-old mystery in order to rescue her kidnapped four-year-old daughter. Their safe house in Nutfield turns out to be anything but.
The hero in Generous Lies wants only to rescue his son from serious drug addiction, but when bad guys come to town seeking a package he didn’t know he had, all you-know-what breaks loose, drawing him, his son, and his new love into serious danger.
But Nutfield is in the most danger in my new release when a man who runs a human trafficking enterprise parks himself in town looking for a woman who’s been running from him for a decade. The characters in Innocent Lies—the faithful hero, the determined heroine, and the adorable little eight-year-old boy—have everything to lose if they can’t bring down this enemy.
The Londonderry of my youth had its issues, don’t get me wrong. But unless I was just a clueless kid (which I was—who am I kidding?) the danger wasn’t quite that drastic.
I hope you’ll visit my fictional town of Nutfield, New Hampshire, in the pages of my books. And maybe you’ll get to see the very real—and not nearly as dangerous—Londonderry someday. It’s everything you could ask for from a New England town. I know you’d love it.
This is the church I was married in, the Londonderry Presbyterian Church, which stands across the street from the town common.
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