28 November 2012

Review: Betrayal on the Border by Jill Elizabeth Nelson

A year ago, communications specialist Madeline Jerrard was one of two surviving witnesses of a compromised mission in the Rio Grande. She has no memories of the event, but that hasn't stopped those who want to kill her. Now her temporary cover as apartment janitor Madison Jameson is about to be blown, the other witness is dead, and she is on the run again.

Love Inspired Suspense is a Harlequin imprint, publishing relatively short novels, not known for their deep spiritual themes or writing of outstanding literary merit. Some are good, others struggle to achieve mediocre. The lower word count can make it difficult for authors to properly develop their plots, characters and particularly their spiritual themes. I don’t tend to read a lot of them, but picked this one up because I’ve read other suspense novels by Jill Elizabeth Nelson and really enjoyed them. I’ve also read her non-fiction title about writing with Deep Point of View – so was interested in reading this to see if she practices what she preaches! (She does.)

While the plot of Betrayal on the Border was somewhat predictable (which is par for the course for Love Inspired), the characters were interesting and the writing was excellent. It even manages to get in a subtle dig about the dangers of self-publishing through a vanity press. Better than most.

Thanks to Love Inspired and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review. You can find out more about Jill Elizabeth Nelson at her website.

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