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?
Clear Confusion Excerpt
The woman awoke to the sound of wind dancing rather loudly through the treetops and a strange sense of fear. Underneath her, a cool, hard ground gave off a scent of wet mud, causing her nostrils to crinkle.
Inside, her head pounded with her heartbeat. She squeezed her eyes shut, giving herself a minute. It didn’t do much good. Her mind was too fuzzy to successfully decipher her bearings. Somehow an internal fog blocked her ability to reason.
God, where am I?
Although she heard evidence of early morning hours, it was dark, practically pitch black. Nothing visible beyond a few feet, and even that was blurry. Another gust of wind blew, bringing a breeze across her left cheek. A few goose bumps appeared. The other side of her face, shielded from the gust, remained impressed in dried mud. Although it was hard, it felt icky pasted against her skin. She tried to gently pull herself out of the crusted grime but found the movement harder than she’d expected.
The muscles in her arms and legs were sore—really sore. But why? She sat up tenderly, placing a hand on her forehead. The effort to lift her body proved difficult. Carefully and ever so slowly, she stood the rest of the way. With one hand steadying her head and the other outstretched, she inched her feet forward, searching for something sturdy.
Why do I have on only one shoe? Where is my other shoe?
My Review – Clear Confusion by Kathy M Howard – Gripping Suspense, Romance and Grounded in Faith
Clear Confusion is the first book I’ve read by Kathy M Howard and what a great introduction into this author’s work. I loved this book!
Just who is Charlotte and what in the world did she see that caused her to flee? How did she end up in a tree in the forest, scratched, bruised and hurting? Who are these men that awakened her? Friends or foes? Most of all why can’t she remember anything? Not even who she is or where she came from?
From the get-go, the reader will be dropped into the middle of a suspenseful story that will grip you until the very end. The truth about what happened to Charlotte will be unveiled as she has to trust and depend on Nicholas Nelson and his family as they provide a safe haven for her.
I love mysteries and suspense and this book is filled with both. But it doesn’t stop there, the story and characters are well developed. I loved that the Nelson family were kind, decent and caring people that come alongside Charlotte when she is vulnerable, hurting and doesn’t know who she is. Romance is a part of the story and developed slowly as Nicholas is interested in Charlotte, but he doesn’t rush her, instead he gives her the time to heal and remember first.
What I appreciated most about Clear Confusion is that the Christian faith and the Gospel are woven throughout this story. Though Charlotte didn’t know who she was, she knew that God and Jesus Christ were part of her life. Even in her fear, she knew she should pray and read the Bible. Faith is a big part the Nelson family’s life too.
I appreciated that Kathy Howard didn’t have the characters make stupid decisions that put themselves in danger to advance the story or heighten the suspense. Her characters were smart and reasonable. I loved that the Gospel of Christ was clearly presented in this book and how faith was lived out by the characters in what they said and prayed and how they lived their lives.
While I suspected who the bad guys were, there remained some mystery because, until the end, I didn’t know who two of the villains where and how they were connected to other characters.
Clear Confusion by Kathy M Howard was a great story. Interesting, filled with suspense and made just right by characters living out their Christian faith. I give Clear Confusion a big thumbs up and look forward to reading more of author Kathy M Howard’s books in the future.
I would like to thank Ambassador International and Just Read Tours for providing a complimentary copy of Clear Confusion. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review. The views expressed are solely my own.
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
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