Beth Bennett always knew she was adopted, but just before her thirteenth birthday, she discovered she had a father and brother in England. Always the people-pleaser, Beth divided her time between the two families.
After thirty years of juggling her time, the breakup of her marriage, and caring for her dying sister-in-law, as well as, her brother and his children, she's burnt-out and retreats to her home.
All she wants is quiet seclusion. When she reluctantly agrees accompany her brother to an event in NYC she discovers he's brought a date for her.
Beth's sworn off romance, no matter how perfect this man is, even though he's adamant about having a relationship. Andrew Oliver is no quitter and eventually worms his way into her heart.
When Beth admits her feelings, she finds herself on an emotional roller coaster -- remembering her past, living her present, and facing her future with a self-reliance she'd forgotten she possessed.
They worked their way along the path until they came across a secluded bench and sat down. This is when she should send him away. She knew it. Yet, she remained quiet.
A large cloud floated across the bright face of the moon, leaving them in darkness. He pulled her closer to him. "See how much brighter the stars appear now?"
"They're beautiful, but--"
"Don't speak, Beth."
He pulled her toward him until her head rested on his shoulder. Together, they stared up into the night sky. The stars glittered like diamonds spilled across a velvet cloth. It was as if she'd never seen stars before. She relaxed against him, wondering if maybe she could take the chance.
She sighed. "They're incredible, aren't they?" As she twisted around to face him, she caught sight of a flicker of movement in the trees. Something -- or someone -- was creeping from the shadows toward them. She hissed. "Andrew?"
He must have noted the tension in her voice. He swung around to face the lone figure of a man emerging from the blackness. In one lightning-fast move, he thrust himself in front of Beth. His right hand reached into his jacket.
Crushed, she wondered how she'd been so mistaken about him. She couldn't believe he was just going to hand his wallet over. Then the moon emerged from behind the clouds and she saw the glint of metal in his hand. "Elizabeth, I want you to walk back up the path to the edge of the park."
She focused on the gun in his hand, not his words, so she didn't quite grasp what he'd just told her.
"Do as I ask, Beth." There was a hard edge to his voice now.
"Please, sweetheart, just leave."
She moved up the path in a strange, mechanical way, until she got to the bench. Then she stopped. Wasn't this just one more example of how weak she'd become? "No. I won't leave."
This time she not only heard the sharpness of his tone, she saw the tension on his face and she acquiesced. After all, he had the gun. So, he was in charge of the situation. Her drill instructor's words reverberated in her head When I tell you to do something, you do it! Ask questions later. Okay, she only hoped Andrew knew there were going to be questions -- and she expected answers.
Posted by Unknown on 1st Oct 2013
Leap of Faith is the first novel to come from the mind of Jordan Bollinger, but after reading this book, I know it won't be her last by a long shot. From page one I was instantly drawn to her main character Beth. Bollinger has a definite knack for bringing reality to her prose. Not only that, but the author creates an emotional connection between the reader and the characters that just reins you into the story. You feel Beth's pain and reluctance to start a relationship with the daring Andrew Oliver, super spy with British Intelligence.
But, Leap of Faith is more than a suspense filled romance. It is a heart wrenching story of a woman finding herself, and the strength that comes with knowing that in spite of adversity and personal tragedy, you can't break the spirit of someone who refuses to let life get in her way. This book truly amazed me with its emotional story telling and fast paced action. Jordan Bollinger is a writer to watch, and enjoy.