UPDATE: This Giveaway is closed. A winner has been emailed!
I saw a movie once, where a tough police detective fell in love with a woman he had only seen in a painting, based on the words of her friends. This old movie plot line tickled the back of my brain as I began reading Dee Henderson’s, Full Disclosure.
Dee’s much-anticipated novel tells the story of FBI Special Agent Paul Falcon’s fascination with Midwest Homicide Investigator Ann Silver. Ann breezes into Paul’s life to drop a case into his lap and breezes out again. They share one brief meeting. But something about Ann draws Paul. When he realizes that he and Ann have many friends in common, he sets about discovering who Ann Silver really is. Each friend he questions adds a new piece to the puzzle. Their words paint a picture of a godly, dedicated, captivating woman. She even has a higher clearance level than he! Paul feels compelled to pursue her.
Ann and Paul are in their forties and have spent most of their adult lives focusing on their careers and guarding their emotions. So a courtship between them would have to be unconventional.
It begins with Paul announcing: “‘You’re interesting, Ann. You tell nice stories, write good books, and have a reputation I admire among your friends . . . You’re not seeing anyone in particular. And I’m looking.’
[Ann] looked over at him. ‘You came all this way to ask me on a date.’
‘Nothing as common as a date. We’re going to start a romance.’ . . .
Her eyes barely flickered from his. ‘Not shy, are you? . . . Breathtaking directness aside, I don’t move at your speed.'”
From there, Paul uses Skype to spend evenings with Ann and sends her gifts and notes through surprising messengers. Paul thinks he may be making progress—until a new case arises, which involves Paul and Ann and secrets and folks from their pasts and conspiracies at the highest levels of authority and . . . Well, you need to read the book to find out what happens! Use this link to pre-order a copy now! ***Many thanks to Bethany House for sending me an ARC to review!
This is a fast, interesting read, though not an action-packed story. Most case details and back stories are related through reports and conversations. Ann and Paul spend more time apart than together. The story-telling technique shouldn’t have worked, but it did. I felt involved—like I was the matchmaker who had introduced Ann and Paul. And then I got to watch their poignant struggle as these two people—both so very alone—discovered if they had the courage to risk life together.
From the author: This is a story close to Dee Henderson’s heart. Dee writes: “I am so looking forward to hearing what you think of this story. I read Full Disclosure again this last month checking the final print pages and fell in love with Ann and Paul all over again. I like what I wrote, and very few books actually get that kind of self review.”
Dee Henderson is the author of fourteen best-selling novels, including the acclaimed O’Malley series and the Uncommon Heroes series. As a leader in the inspirational romantic suspense category, her books have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards including the RWA’s RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, the Holt Medallion, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Golden Quill. Dee is a lifelong resident of Illinois and is active online.
Now for the Giveaway: Since I’m celebrating my BLOGOVERSARY all month long, I decided to end this post with a giveaway. However, I can’t send you my copy of the book because my sisters want to read it. (I have 3 and they’re all bigger than I am!) So how about dropping your name in the hat for a $10 Amazon Email Gift Card? This Giveaway will run until Friday, August 10th.
Steps to enter: 1. For your mandatory entry, leave a comment on this post. 2. In that one comment, you can list any bonus entries you’ve completed. You don’t need to leave separate comments. (Since I do have to moderate some comments—especially if you’re new to the blog—don’t worry if your your comment doesn’t show up right away.)
**Also, I believe you have to enter your email address in order to comment. Though you can’t see your email address here, I can view it from my blog dashboard. So don’t feel you need to write your email address again in your comment.
I wish I could send one to each of you, dear friends. Blessings!