I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Matthew London, a former hostage negotiator is a man torn apart from past regrets and unfortunate circumstance. He sheds his current identity and opts for a change of scenery by heading to Louisiana and changing his name to Jon Rafter. Annie Crawford is working as an FBI agent and finds herself on a mission to save a young kidnapped girl from the notorious Boudreaux brothers, but the rescue attempts don’t go as planned and soon Annie is reliant on Jon for help. Together the two must work together not only to save this little girl, but also to free themselves from the turmoil and tragedy of the past through grace and forgiveness.
The Grace Painter is an extremely fast paced novel starting with page one. The characters are extremely well developed and most readers will have an easy time quickly becoming emotionally entangled with their fictional lives. There are a lot of characters and you do have to pay attention to keep track of the entire cast, but the effort is absolutely worth it. There’s a good chance you won’t walk away from this book until you’ve finished the last page!
Sometimes the hardest person to forgive is the one reflecting back at you from inside a mirror. Matthew London can attest to this difficult truth. Ever since the former NYPD hostage negotiator changed his identity and fled New York City for the backwaters of Louisiana, regret has ruled his life.
For eight years London has lived like a hermit in a declining plantation house. Only his talent for painting Renaissance-style murals and paintings keeps the inner-demons from totally destroying him. Each day the disgraced hostage negotiator longs for a chance at redemption, never expecting it to actually happen. But then a down-on-her-luck FBI agent shows up on his doorstep one evening. It turns out Jean-Paul and Sebastian Boudreaux, two local brothers famous for lawlessness have inadvertently kidnapped a little girl.
London is quickly thrust into the starring role of a daring rescue attempt. But before he can rescue the child from the dangerous Boudreaux brothers, he first must find a way to forgive himself for a past misstep, a blunder that forever altered his once promising life. But in the Atchafalaya Basin swampland, nothing is promised. Grace cannot be purchased or earned. It can only be given.
About the Author, Mark Romang:
I was born in 1967. Avid reader, suspense novelist, faithful husband, baffled father, factory worker, reformed head-banger, failed musician, contact sports lover, MMA enthusiast, distressed KC sports fan, Lord of the Rings geek, workout fiend, dog owner, nature lover, proud American, disgruntled voter, pistachio addict, caffeine-riddled, screw-up saved by grace, sojourner. This is me in a nutshell. You can find Mark online at markromangbooks.com.
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