by Kelly Irvin
February 7 – March 4, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
When her best friend is murdered the same way her brother was, who can she possibly trust?
A decade ago, Delaney Broward discovered her brother’s murdered body at the San Antonio art co-op he founded with friends. Her artist boyfriend, Hunter Nash, went to prison for the murder, despite his not-guilty plea.
This morning, Hunter walks out of prison a free man, having served his sentence.
This afternoon, Delaney finds her best friend dead, murdered in the same fashion as her brother.
Stay out of it or you’re next, the killer warns.
Hunter never stopped loving Delaney, though he can’t blame her for not forgiving her. He knows he’ll get his life back one day at a time, one step at a time. But he’s blindsided to realize he’s a murder suspect. Again.
When Hunter shows up on her doorstep asking her to help him find the real killer, Delaney’s head says to run away, yet her heart tells her there’s more to his story than what came out in the trial. An uneasy truce leads to their probe into a dark past that shatters Delaney’s image of her brother. She can’t stop and neither can Hunter—which lands them both in the crosshairs of a murderer growing more desperate by the hour.
In this gripping romantic suspense, Kelly Irvin plumbs the complexity of broken trust in the people we love—and in God—and whether either can be mended.
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Published by: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: February 8th 2022
Number of Pages: 384
ISBN: 0785231935 (ISBN13: 9780785231936)
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Christianbook.com | Goodreads
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Kelly Irvin is a bestselling, award-winning author of over twenty novels and stories. A retired public relations professional, Kelly lives with her husband, Tim, in San Antonio. They have two children, three grandchildren, and two ornery cats.
To Trust Or Not To Trust by Kelly Irvin
Think about a time when you’ve trusted someone close to you. A boyfriend, girlfriend, sister, brother, parent. Then that person let you down—big time. How hard is it to trust him or her again? Remember that old saying: fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me? That’s the situation Delaney Broward finds herself facing in Trust Me. Ten years earlier she found her brother murdered in his art studio. Her boyfriend Hunter Nash—the love of her life—was convicted of his best friend’s murder. Delaney lost her only remaining family member and the man she loves.
Delaney spends the next ten years fundamentally changing who she is so she never has to feel that pain of betrayal again. She leaves her chosen profession and opens a frame shop in San Antonio’s historic art district La Villita. She lives alone. She doesn’t even have a pet—after all they die and leave you, just like the people you love. She’s learned to box and the art of self-defense. Her only real relationships are with a few good friends from that era when her life orbited around the sun that was her brother, an extraordinarily talented artist who lived life like every day was his last—until it was. She doesn’t even trust God anymore. How could He allow this to happen to her? She’d already lost both parents in a car accident as a child. And then her grandparents, who raised her, died of old age when she was in high school. She has no one.
Then another murder occurs, exactly like the one that turned her life upside down ten years earlier. She turns to her closest friends for comfort and help in discovering why this has happened again. How can she know who to trust? So, when Hunter shows up and insists he’s innocent of both murders, he’s asking her to trust him again. Would you? Do we give those we love second chances? Or do we protect ourselves from greater hurt.
Exploring these themes while delivering a suspenseful whodunit is a challenge, but that’s one of the reasons I enjoy writing romantic suspense. Readers get the murder mystery, the romance, and a thought-provoking dilemma that I hope will remain with them after they finish the last page. After all, who can you really trust?
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