Title: Beauty in Flight (Beauty in Flight #1)
Author: Robin Patchen
Publishing Date: Jan 22, 2019
About the Book:
Her beauty once opened doors, but the felony conviction now slams them shut.
Harper Cloud used to love the gilded glamour of Las Vegas, but on the far side of prison, she sees the cracks in the veneer. These days, she keeps her head down and focuses on the elderly patients in her care. Even her new wealthy east-coast boyfriend, Derrick, can’t entice her away. She’s trusted men before, and look where that got her.
She tries to brush off the feeling that she’s being watched. She won’t allow a baseless paranoia to derail her life. But when she’s followed home one night, her pursuer gets within a hair’s breadth of grabbing her. She knows it’s time to get away from Las Vegas.
Maybe Derrick can be trusted. Maybe his job offer—to care for his aging grandfather in Maryland—will be the second chance she needs.
But Derrick has secrets of his own, secrets that could take him down–and take Harper with him.
Can there be a second chance for someone like her?
Buy Beauty in Flight today , Book 1 in a 3-book-series that’ll keep you guessing until the very end.
I was very quickly sucked into this book and couldn’t put it down until I was finished. I read the Kindle version, but according to Goodreads the paperback has 201 pages. So it’s a shorter book and one I would consider easy to devour in one sitting.
While I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I would have liked to see a little more depth added to both Harper’s background story as well as some of the emotions and temptations she was faced with. I would have liked to see more about what her life was like both before and after prison in terms of her attitude towards sin and when she started to hunger to know more about God. Did those feelings start before prison or when the Christian counselors started to talk to her? Even if there wasn’t a distinct moment, I would have liked to read a bit more into her mindset as it changed from her past.
There was one quote that I really found interesting. Derrick was trying to manipulate Harper to get what he wanted and she was reminded of something she’d been told while in prison:
She flashed back to those sweet counselors who’d visited the prison. They’d taught her that her biggest addiction wasn’t substances, but people.
Although the story doesn’t go into very much detail about her past, It is mentioned that partying and drugs was a part of it. Even though her time with the counselors didn’t lead to Harper putting her complete faith in God, they were at least able to plant seeds that started to sprout and grow in her heart after she left. There were also other Christians she encountered on her path who could help lead her in the right direction as well. The words that were shared with her placed convictions in her heart and helped her recognize when she was being manipulated. I admire how the author fleshed out the changes in her heart. There wasn’t and “ah-HAH!” moment where it all clicked, but she also wasn’t fully opposed to God. Instead, she was “curious” and “hungry” to know more. She noticed that she felt changes in her attitude but she wasn’t quite sure where they came from. As a believer I see it as God softening and tugging at her heart. I could also see it as an interesting concept to tug at the hearts of unbelievers as well.
Beauty in Flight is the first in a new series. I have the next two books and plan on reading them next. I’m sincerely curious to know where the author goes with this series. This one ends with a cliffhanger strong enough to demand you pick up the next book immediately. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the next one soon!
*I received a copy of this book through JustRead Tours. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.