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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Southern Comfort by Theresa Lynn Hall

Southern Comfort by Theresa Lynn Hall
Publisher: White Rose Publishing
Genre: Inspirational, Romantic Suspense
Length: Short (71 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Orange Blossom

Beth McDonald has a secret—a secret that is costing a lot of people their lives. With no where to turn, she leaves her dream job in the city and heads for a small town in Texas to a place where no one will find her. Tired of running, she turns to the sheriff for help and soon finds herself fighting for more than just her life.

Sheriff Clint Fisher has his life just where he wants it—peaceful and happy. But when the beautiful D.A. walks into his office, his world is turned upside down. The confident sheriff is pretty sure he can keep her alive…but can he keep her forever?

Inspirational and suspense—what a great combination in Ms. Hall’s short novella, Southern Comfort.

When you first meet Beth McDonald, you find she is a public defender hiding out in Texas. The work she's been doing has made her calloused. She didn't seem to feel a thing at what happened to her clients or the victims. She merely went through the motions. Yet you don’t dislike Beth, you really have to feel for her situation. She’d left New York cutting all ties. Not even her family knew where she was. It was safer that way. She has a lot to overcome by the end of the story. Her safety, her soul and her heart.

Sherriff Clint Fischer is attracted to Beth from the moment she walks into his office but he is even more intrigued by the story she tells of her past in NY and the people who might be after her. Or is it all in her mind. At first glance, Clint doesn’t seem much different than any other small town Texas sheriff, but as the story progresses his true character unfolds with his quirks, his faith, his hurts and his desires.

Ms. Hall's writing is sharp and clean. She writes an intriguing short romantic suspense (which isn't easy to do) and within it she intertwines an inspirational of faith and trust. If I had to list a disappointment, it would be that I wished the author had slowed down and given more time to the romance and the suspense. Even so—it was very well done. A great short read.