Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour (and Giveaway!) for Clear Confusion by Kathy M. Howard, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Clear Confusion
Author: Kathy M. Howard
Publisher: Ambassador International
Release Date: July 1, 2019
Genre: Inspirational Suspense/Thriller
What am I going to do, God? Who am I?
Charlotte Hallaway needs to come to terms with her father’s death. He had been her only family, and she wasn’t handling her grief well. It was just supposed to be a few weeks of peace and quiet to process it all, but then she saw them-a drug deal and a murder within seconds of each other.
And they saw her.
Now running for her life, Charlotte boards a bus to escape her pursuers and wakes up the next morning in the woods of Jennings, Georgia, without a memory of how she got there or of who she is. All she knows is an underlying fear she can’t seem to shake.
When two hunters find her battered and scared, can she put aside the clear confusion she’s experiencing to trust them? She wants to trust them, especially Nicholas, but fear is holding her back. Trust is incredibly hard when one is so clearly confused. Could it be he and his friend are not who they claim to be?
Who are they really . . . and who is she?
IN MY OPINION
This is the first book I’ve read by Kathy M. Howard. Plus I’ve been in a romantic suspense zone lately, so there was a lot to compare this one to. I believe Clear Confusion is more a romance with a touch of mystery/suspense thrown in.
The story has a lot of potential—a woman who witnesses a crime then loses her memory—but it didn’t quite deliver for me. There wasn’t enough tension for my taste, and I figured out who the players were fairly quickly. Too often, Sydney is simply told what’s going on instead of uncovering it for herself. And there was a lot of head hopping (not a defined POV from one character but instead jumping from one character’s thoughts to the next).
There were, however, some high points to the story. First, there’s Nicholas and Nellie, whose friendships with Sydney are formed fast and firm. This brother and sister welcome her into their lives and stand beside her as she struggles with her memory loss and who she is. Then there’s Sydney’s faith. Despite not remembering most things about her life, her relationship with God is firmly cemented. In the discouraging and dangerous times, she places her trust in Him. And in the sweet times of contentment, friendship, and love, she praises Him.
Readers who are overwhelmed by the fast pace and violence of some romantic suspense reads may enjoy this more moderately paced story. There is some violence at the beginning and end of the book but it’s minimal in comparison.
I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kathy M. Howard resides in south Georgia with her husband and two children. She has been involved in some form of education since 1998 as an elementary school teacher, a private school principal, and presently as a homeschooling mom. As a child, she despised reading, dreading every assignment the subject gave. As an adult, Kathy finally learned to appreciate the written word, so much so that she is rarely seen without her nose in a book.
She loves the Lord and wants to share Jesus where she can, using words written and spoken. By God’s goodness and with the support and love of her family, she has written two novels, From Dishes to Snow (October, 2014), and its sequel, From Driftwood to Sapphire (August, 2015).
(1) winner will receive a print copy (US only)
plus (1) additional winner will receive an ebook
Full tour schedule shown below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 23, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 30, 2019. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Print US only. Ebook available internationally.
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