PREVAIL by Linda K. Rodante
SERIES: Spiritual Warfare Series #5
GENRE: Romantic Suspense (Christian)
RELEASE DATE: September 26, 2023
Garrett’s job with the Coast Guard is high-paced and harrowing, but his social life resembles an ocean freighter stuck in the doldrums. With Christmas on the horizon, he’s trying to hold to his new faith, but a tragedy in his childhood makes it the one holiday he dreads.
Paramedic Whitney Springfield loves Christmas, and Garrett Lovett might be the best Christmas gift ever—if she could get him to notice her. But it’s evident that silky blond locks trump her red curls where the handsome IronWorks grad is concerned.
When another Christmas tragedy strikes, Garrett and Whitney join forces to catch a killer. In the midst, they may find each other—if the guilt from past mistakes doesn’t keep them apart.
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One thing you can count on when you visit the New Life Church on the pages of a Linda K. Rodante novel or novella (like Prevail) – there will be some intense drama, and the church service you happen to visit probably won’t be like any you’ve ever experienced before. This fictional church is on the front lines of ministering to gang members, and there are people – and spiritual forces – who are not happy about it.
I must confess, though, that I was lulled into a false sense of peace as Prevail begins. Relaxing into a Christmasy service, chuckling at Garrett’s grumpiness at the explosion of Christmas decorations, perking up at the potential romantic interest that plops down next to him…. I won’t tell you what happens next but, yeah, I shouldn’t really have been surprised by it lol. Cue the aforementioned intensity and a chain of events that caught me praying for one of the characters before I realized what I was doing. Because, you see, I love the characters of New Life Church & the IronWorks ministry. I’ve been with them since book one, and several of them feel like dear friends at this point. And once you meet these prayer warriors and gospel warriors, you’ll fall for them too. (You can read Prevail as a standalone but I also highly encourage you to go back and read the series from the beginning too.)
In the middle of the tension and life-threatening danger, though, Rodante infuses the story with moments of humor, swoony romance, and the true meaning of Christmas. Moose in particular simply delighted me, and there’s a great scene with Reece and Garrett toward the end that had me chuckling at loud – once I remembered to breathe! I also loved watching Garrett fall for Whitney (who has been in love with him for a while), and I adored the way the author orchestrates the perfect setting for any grand declarations he may want to make. It was Hallmark-worthy, sweet, romantic, and very Christmasy – and it put a big smile in my KissingBook loving heart.
Bottom Line: As you prepare for the Christmas season with New Life Church, feel free to wear that cozy Christmas sweater… but maybe pack a bulletproof vest too. Readers will experience a wide range of emotions as they read this novella, and they’ll be quickly – and deeply – invested in the lives of these characters. Despite the shorter word count, the plot and the people are layered and developed, keeping you glued to the pages from cover to cover. The power of prayer and the importance of a relationship with Jesus are evident, but it fits organically with the story so it doesn’t come across as heavy-handed or forced. Prevail by Linda K. Rodante is an ideal blend of breath-holding suspense, powerful faith, Christmas cheer, and sweet romance. Make sure it’s on your holiday TBR list!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4.5 stars / loved it!
KissingBook Level: 3+ / will forget to breathe on occasion
Linda K. Rodante is a Florida transplant now living in Tennessee. She loves sweet tea, apple butter and both the mountains and the oceans. Her work with crisis pregnancy centers and anti-trafficking groups gave her a heart for women struggling in today’s society, while still respecting the role God has given men.
She writes Christian romantic suspense novels. Her books wrap sweet romance in real-life issues women face today with an edge of mystery and suspense. She desires to entertain and encourage women in their walk with the Lord. Her books can be found on Amazon
She’s a past finalist of ACFW’s Genesis contest and a member of Word Weavers International. Connect with Linda by visiting her website.
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