Failsafe by Traci Hunter Abramson
In the wide-open landscape of Pennsylvania, Charlotte Martin and her father live a peaceful life on their farm. . . or so it seems. In truth, the rural locale provides the perfect front for the father-daughter NSA operatives as they expertly carry out their mission: using a high-tech computer system, they protect a team of undercover agents. Some would kill to have access to this system, and it makes Charlotte and her father prime targets. It was only a matter of time before this nightmare unexpectedly crashed down on them, and only Charlotte escaped with her life. Before Dwight Martin died, though, he initiated the failsafe lockdown, and now Charlotte's the only one who can access the system.
Writer Jake Bradford left the serene Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia for the hustle and bustle New York to pursue his dreams and never looked back. Until now. Entrusted with his ailing grandmother's care, Jake knows he needs help and he can't believe his luck when a lovely young woman providentially appears on his doorstep. Charlotte creates a new persona for herself and quickly develops a bond with Jake's grandmother. But it's the connection she feels with Jake that makes it almost too easy to lose sight of her reality: she is being hunted by men who will stop at nothing to access the intelligence she protects. With time running out, can the couple find a future together, or will Charlotte's secrets tear them apart?
Failsafe was just an ok read for me. I liked the idea of the story, but it was easy to put down for a few days at a time.
I'm not sure if I just wasn't in the mood for it, or if the quirks of the story were too much for me (the details given about Jack's novel made it sound very strange, and Charlotte crossing the country on horseback in old time clothing also seemed far fetched-yes, the clothing part was explained, but I guess I didn't love the explanation).
Jack and Charlotte were good characters though, and the way the story was written seemed like a realistic amount of time for a relationship to come about. The suspense was also good, and it's a clean read. The book cover is well done and would catch my attention in a book store or library.
While this isn't her best book ever written, I enjoyed it and would read it again. Charlotte's clothes didn't bother me because I felt that they were explained well enough to make it plausible, and while I was hoping for more from the ex-girlfriend and the old rival, I enjoyed both the main characters, their interactions with each other, and those around them. I appreciate how Traci Hunter Abramson is just writing good clean fiction. While I like LDS fiction/Christian fiction, I like to find just a good clean novel as well, and I'm glad she is branching out to that. The world needs more of it, so kudo's to her for providing that to those of us who are looking for it.
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Author: Traci Hunter Abramson
Publisher: Covenant Communications Inc.
Published: April 2015
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for a review.
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