Thursday, March 10, 2016

Through Love's Trials by Julie Coulter Bellon {Review}

Through Love's Trials by Julie Coulter Bellon
Paperback, 220 pages
Published January 28th 2015 by Stone Hall Books (first published June 2004)
**Second Edition Updated and Revised for a National Audience Jan. 2015**

Attorney Kenneth King can't wait to get away on vacation and leave the courtroom behind. He only has one last errand to do for his boss―drop off a flash drive to fellow attorney Emma James. But as soon as the drive is in his hands, his boss is murdered and Kenneth becomes the next target. With nowhere left to turn, he reaches out to Emma for help―but that only puts them both in danger.

Emma James just wants to settle into her new job and provide a good life for her little girl. That is all threatened when she gets a flash drive with information on it that points to an imminent terrorist attack on U.S. soil. With her choices dwindling and her vulnerabilities made crystal clear, Emma is pushed to the limit by those who want her dead and the rest of the country to suffer. How far will she be forced to go to save the lives of everyone around her, including those she loves?

Kenneth and Emma have to find a way to work together to stop the terrorists, but it's the most difficult trial of their lives―and the verdict will be life or death.
My Review: 4 Stars
I don't know why I keep reading suspenseful novels, but I do, and I love every terrifying minutes of them! My mind constantly spins and I wonder what I would do in the situations and how the characters can possibly escape. Ms. Bellon is a wonderful storyteller--one who creates settings and conditions that are ripe for tension, with a glorious dash of romance.
Emma is given an ultimatum in her marriage and doesn't choose her lawyer spouse, Paul. She's a little hardened and bitter because of it and when Paul asks a new lawyer at his firm to deliver a drive to Emma, Kenneth, is happy to help--until people end up dead and he and Emma are running for their lives. Like I said before, the suspense is phenomenal and is the driving force of the story. There's not a lot of room for deep character development, but the results of the story line still allow the reader to get to know the characters to an extent. I love good secondary characters and Pepper (Kenneth's grandmother) and Julia (Emma's daughter) are great!
Content: mild-moderate violence (moments of intense peril, shootings, death, abuse, etc--not too graphic); mild romance (kissing); mild religious elements (a few brief mentions of church, not preachy). 
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
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About the Author:
Julie Coulter BellonJulie Coulter Bellon is the author of more than a dozen romantic suspense novels. Her book All Fall Down won the RONE award for Best Suspense and Pocket Full of Posies won a RONE Honorable Mention for Best Suspense.

Julie loves her work partly because she gets to travel to distant lands to research and add an authentic feel to all of her books. Her favorite cities so far are Athens, Paris, Ottawa, and London. She taught journalism for fourteen years and that kept her on the cutting edge of current events and world news---which is where she gets her story ideas.

Julie offers writing and publishing tips as well as her take on life on her blog You can also find out about all her upcoming projects at her website