Robin Patchen’s Beauty in Hiding

It was a great second installment of the Beauty series. It kept us interested and guessing. Some foreshadowing of the third book. The start of a romance with a new man, but Harper doesn’t feel she can trust anybody, even him. She’s fearful for her life and for that of her employer Red, an elderly man.This is the second in a trilogy and it is helpful, but not entirely necessary, to read the books in order.Harper Cloud discovered two dead men in Red’s house, where she lives and cares for him. Fearing for their lives, she takes Red with her and goes into hiding in a small town in New Hampshire. There she finds a kind and sympathetic landlord, Jack, who helps her find a job and get Red into an adult day care. She is fearful that either the murderers will find her or Red’s grandson Derrick, her ex-boyfriend, who’s in debt to a loan shark will find them. She discovered that Derrick had attempted to poison his grandfather because he wouldn’t give his grandson hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay his gambling debts. During the course of the book there is a hint of romance between Harper and Jack, but because of her background (given in full in book one) she is afraid to trust men. Both Red and Jack have talked with her about Jesus, and she’s working on having faith. If only bad things wouldn’t keep happening to her, it would be easier to trust Jack, and God.The book ended abruptly with Harper in a lot of trouble and made me eager to read the third book which hadn’t yet been released at that time.

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