About the Book:
Twelve years ago Matthew "the Rocket" Rising had it all. Married to his high school sweetheart and one of the winningest quarterbacks in the history of college football, he was the number one NFL draft pick. But on the night of the draft, he plummeted from the pinnacle of esteem. Falsely accused of a heinous crime with irrefutable evidence, it seemed in an instant all was lost—his reputation, his career, his freedom, and most devastatingly, the love of his life.
Having served his sentence and never played a down of professional football, Matthew leaves prison with one goal—to find his wife, Audrey, whom no one has seen since the trial. He returns to an unwelcoming reception from his Gardi, Georgia, hometown to learn that Audrey has taken shelter from the media with the nuns at a Catholic school.
There she has discovered a young man with the talent to achieve the football career Matthew should have had. All he needs is the right coach. Although helping the boy means Matthew violates the conditions of his release and—if discovered—reincarceration for life, he'll take the chance with hope of winning back Audrey's love.
I've loved the writings of Charles Martin ever since I found his first novel "The Dead Don't Dance". I've always thought of him as the male version of Karen Kingsbury. If you've ever read her books, you know to have a JUMBO box of tissues handy.
The same is true of Charles' novels. They are packed to the brim with emotion, characters so lifelike they walk off the page and into your heart forever, and stories that first break your heart and then put it back together, leaving lifetime scars of memory made from what you've just encountered.
"A Life Intercepted" is one of those books. Charles has gotten a bit sneakier, putting out hints of the events to come for several chapters before lowering the boom on the reader. I can hear you, reading friend, as you gasp in dreadful shock of what takes place.
I know I did.
And by the time events began to truly unfold, I was already in love with Matthew and Audrey Rising, as well as Woody, Dee, and so many others.
I also long for justice, and I learned to despise the perpetrator of injustice. But Matt and Audrey taught me to let it go, and they never watched "Frozen"....this came truly from their hearts. They also taught me to shake off the past, and neither of them were fans of Taylor Swift....genuine sentiment from two excellent examples of maturity, love everlasting, and faith.
So, if you've never read a novel by Charles Martin, get to a bookstore quickly and pick up a copy of "A Life Intercepted"...it releases today. My thanks to my friends at Center Street, an imprint of the Hatchette Book Group, for my complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
In all honesty, I haven't forgotten any of the novels crafted by Charles Martin. I don't believe you will, either (Thunder and Rain is definitely for mature audiences...read it and you'll see why I said that!).
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