Murder for the Time Being by Joanie Bruce Review & Kindle Fire Giveaway!!

Murder for the Time Being by Joanie Bruce Review & Kindle Fire Giveaway!!Murder for the Time Being by Joanie Bruce
Published by Ambassador International on October 27th 2016
Genres: Christian, Fiction, Romance, Suspense, Thrillers
Pages: 320

 “You’ll pay for this. I’ll get you both.”Computer expert Lexi Wynn is frightened. Someone is after her, but she doesn’t know why. Is it because of her past or because she was thrust into a deadly bank robbery and might identify the ones responsible? Escaping a failed kidnapping attempt and not sure who to trust, she hopes her specialized skills with computers might flush out the name of the killer. When a tall, dark, and handsome stranger rams into her truck with the hearse he’s driving and puts his life in danger to save hers, can she ignore the attraction she feels for him to concentrate on the killers? Or is God the only one who can save her now? Drew Sheffield is irritated when a cute lady stops abruptly in front of him and he plows into the back of her pickup. After their initial confrontation, flashbacks of honeysuckle and  sassy green eyes linger in his thoughts. When Lexi is threatened, he steps in to help the feisty young woman, in spite of agonizing over a past relationship.      Can Lexi and Drew forget the tragedies of the past and embrace the feelings between them or will ghostly memories snub out the promise of a future together? 

I had never heard of Joanie Bruce, but the name of this book sounded intriguing to me. I will admit Murder for the Time Being by Joanie Bruce was a bit of a suspense/mystery mixed with action and romance all in one book.

Trust in the Lord with thine heart and lean not to thine understanding.

~Proverbs 3:5

God loves us and wants us to trust Him.  Sometimes He lets things happen t make us stronger Christians.  I love how Joanie Bruce was able to weave the story of God’s love and protection over us while providing readers with a great mystery. It’s always really awesome to read a great story and when you’re finished, you realize that there was an amazing message from the Word written within. I love how God is brought to the front of this story.

This story begins with the main character, Lexi and her mom caught in the middle of a bank robbery. The plot and the pace immediately pick up from there on!  Lexi is definitely a very determined and strong lady. There are a ton of characters in this story – some of whom are just not who they appear to be at first. 

Lexi wants to find out who is behind this bank robbery and she also wants to know if they have anything to do with the repeated kidnapping attempts on her life. The town’s assistant undertaker, Drew Sheffield and Lexi join forces while the danger ramps up.  The clues are confusing, the characters are confusing and both Lexi and Drew wonder if the events have anything to do with each of their pasts. I especially love how the story is written in several different points of view varying between chapters. This allows readers to see the story from the different characters’ viewpoints. Even in this writing style, the story was pretty easy to follow along, as long as you remember who the bad guys were and who the good guys are.

Murder for the Time Being is a gripping story filled with strong characters, a little romance, some super exciting suspense and a mystery that’s hard to solve all combined with God’s steadfast love. I could hardly put the book down long enough to go to bed at night and I read it in a little short of two days! I especially loved the ending and I was happy with the great surprises near the end.  I will definitely be reading more of Joanie Bruce’s books in the future!

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ESP_9231 (2)About the Author

Joanie has a strong passion for reading, and her love for books with nail-biting suspense, inspires her to write contemporary suspense books. Thankful that God has given her the ability to write from her home in the country, she strives to use that opportunity to honor Him in all of her writing. Joanie and her husband, Ben, live in a country home near Madison, Georgia, right in the middle of a pasture full of beef cows. There they raised and homeschooled their three children. She enjoys cooking, taking long walks, painting oil portraits, and caring for their home in the country.

Guest Post from Joanie Bruce

Have you ever been devastated by a certain event in your life, and later it turned out to the best thing that ever happened to you? That’s what happened to Lexi Wyn in this book, “Murder for the Time Being.” Something unthinkable happened to her family, but in the end, it changes Lexi’s life forever and introduces her to the love of her life.

In this story, both Lexi and Drew have things in their past that discourage them from seeking a lasting relationship. However, God has a plan for them both, and through His Divine engineering, they are thrown together in circumstances that nurture a growing appreciation and affection for each other.

This book was fun to write because I anchored the story in my sweet little town of Madison, Georgia. I wasn’t raised in Madison, but I’ve called it home for much longer than any other place I’ve ever lived. While growing up in the big city of Memphis, Tennessee, I had definite plans for my future. All I ever wanted was to “marry a country boy and live in the country.” The Lord heard the desires of my heart and gave me what I wanted … a country boy, born and raised here in Morgan County on a dairy farm.

After we married, I adopted Madison as my home, and I love it so much that I wanted to feature some of the fun spots in Madison as the backdrops for the scenes in my books. I hope when you read through the pages of my book, you will get an idea of what a sweet little town Madison is and enjoy reading about Lexi and Drew and how they let God guide them in discovering that murder CAN be “for the Time Being.”



To celebrate her tour, Joanie is giving away a Kindle Fire!! Click below to enter.  

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I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book by Celebrate Lit as part of their blogger program, but a favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

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