Caught between revenge and redemption… With her family shamed and her
faith shaken, Riley Drake carries a heavy burden. She returns to Bayou
La Foudre Parish to clear her brother’s name, but her mission proves
difficult and dangerous. The locals are convinced he’s guilty of the
tragic bombing that left the town in mourning, and she finds her only
ally is Jake Ayers. Frustrated and fascinated by the parish’s brooding
sheriff, Riley hopes she’s found someone to trust with her burden…and
her heart. Sheriff Jake Ayers wants peace and healing in his parish, but
Riley’s presence stirs tempers into a frenzy. Most of the townsfolk
want her dead. Emotions run deep in the bayou, and Jake’s are no
exception. Keeping a level head and an indifferent heart is going to be
as difficult as keeping Riley alive.

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About The Author

Raquel Byrnes lives in Southern, California with her husband of sixteen years and their six children. She considers inspirational fiction a wonderful way to minister to others. She writes romantic suspense with an edge-your-seat pace. Her debut novel is Purple Knot, the first book the Shades of Hope Series.

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