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Pride and Fall

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Fear unchecked cripples. Fear conquered liberates.

Faith Keller has suffered much in her life--the murder of her sister, the near-destruction and almost-ruin of her family, a traumatic abduction. It's no wonder she battles the effects of PTSD on a daily basis. The last thing she needs is to be the subject of an intense police investigation for the very crime her father was blamed for years before. Yet, despite her family's staunchest efforts, she finds herself on the hot seat with a tenacious officer--but one whose attention she actually relishes.

Carter Emerson takes his job seriously. It's the only tribute he can make to honor his fallen brother, and he's determined to do the title "police officer" justice. When he sets his sights on Faith Keller, he's torn. His mentor tells him he's got it all wrong, but the evidence doesn't lie. The worst part? He doesn't want her to be guilty. He just wants her.

A story of healing and personal growth, Pride and Fall ends the Keller Family trilogy with action, deception, and a revelation readers won't see coming.

340 pages, Hardcover

Published December 16, 2016

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Staci Troilo

28 books151 followers
I grew up knowing family is paramount. I was blessed to spend time with extended family daily, not just on holidays or weekends. Because of those close-knit familial bonds, every day was full of love and laughter, food and fun.

Life took me away from that extended family for twenty years before I finally made it back. And while I'd done my best to keep the traditions alive across the miles, I realize there truly is no place like home.

Through my fiction, I share those traditions and the importance of relationships with you. Mystery or suspense, romance or mainstream, sci-fi or thriller—in my stories, family (however you define it) is paramount.

To learn more about me, visit me at http://stacitroilo.com or connect with me on social media.

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Author 18 books555 followers
December 31, 2016
This fabulous book is the third in the author’s Cathedral Lake series, but it is more than capable of standing on its own, a self-contained story of suspense and romance. Faith Keller has seen her share of tragedy and is struggling to overcome PTSD as she starts a new veterinary practice in her home town of Cathedral Lake. There are good memories there, but also plenty of bad.

This book starts off with a bang—literally—when Faith finds herself in the midst of a possible terrorist attack. Officer Emerson Carter and his K-9 partner Max respond to the call, and soon Faith is embroiled in the middle of Emerson’s investigation—and not in the manner she’d prefer. There are plenty of misunderstandings in the course of this story, especially between Faith and Emerson, but also plenty of heart-tugging moments. The conflict between characters is offset by the strength of their convictions and a lot of star-crossed confusions.

I’ve enjoyed all three stories in this series, but I think this may be my favorite. The mystery is intriguing, with tension developed to keep the reader eagerly flipping pages. The characters are well developed and feel like old friends. As always, the writing, plotting and pacing is superb. I am never disappointed when I pick up a book by this author, and PRIDE AND FALL is a great example of what has made Ms. Troilo a “must read” on my list. Highly recommended.
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Author 5 books143 followers
September 16, 2018
This is the third book in the Cathedral Lake series, but it could also be considered a standalone.  Although reading the first two may be helpful, enough backstory is provided in Pride and Fall so that it's not confusing.

After reading the first two books over the past year or so, it felt like catching up  with old friends again when I picked up this novel.  I'd missed these characters and was anxious to see where life had taken them.  But we didn't get to catch up for long, because the action and suspense begin almost immediately.  The other books have focused primarily on other family members, but this story is very much Faith's.  She's struggling with PTSD, along with trying to establish her veterinary practice and independence, while also dealing with family relationships fraught with tension.

Faith's relationship with Carter is also tension-filled, and they have to maneuver around several obstacles before hitting smooth waters.  Carter is a new character to the series, and I enjoyed seeing his sometimes harsh, professional outer layers peel away to reveal a likable, gooey center.  As much as I enjoyed Carter and Faith's relationship, as an animal lover, I thought the 'relationship' between Max and Ruby was adorable and charming.

It was nice to see these characters find their happily ever after (hopefully) and finish their story.  If you're a fan of family drama and suspense with a dose of romance, you can't go wrong with this series.
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Author 17 books277 followers
April 18, 2022
“Pride and Fall” is the third book in the Cathedral Lake Series and follows what happens to Faith and her family, after “Out and About.” Faith Keller has PTSD after losing a sister and being kidnapped. The story immediately starts fast with an event where Faith is thrown into danger. She can barely push her panic and anxiety aside to help those who need help. Her being there, and what is found, puts her on the radar of local cop Carter Emerson, who is determined to figure out what is going on—even at her expense. Wanting to find the truth, he doesn’t listen to the warnings to back off from his friend and co-worker. I was completely sympathetic to Faith, but wished she had reached out for help and advice when she needed it. Carter took me a while to warm up to, especially after knowing what Faith and her family had been through between death and past accusations. A couple of times, I wished he would stop looking into the Keller family, too. He was a well-rounded character that allowed me to feel more than one thing about him. Faith was a victim and someone who needed to grow and heal. The dogs had my heart, especially Carter’s K-9 partner, Max. I may have been able to pick out who not to trust, but not for what I thought. A fast-paced thriller with a strong family dynamic that was very hard to stop reading. I can highly recommend this story and the entire series!
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Author 9 books53 followers
May 26, 2017
This is the third and final book in the Cathedral Lake series. Staci Troilo had me hooked from book one. I couldn’t wait to learn Faith’s story especially since she has endured more than her fair share of misery and misfortune. Faith struggles to overcome PTSD as she starts a new veterinary practice in her home town of Cathedral Lake where her memories are good and bad alike and tear her apart inside.
The face-paced plot finds Faith in the midst of a possible terrorist attack and ultimately in the middle of Officer Carter’s investigation. There are several tense moments and misunderstandings between Faith and Officer Carter as well as intimate moments.
The tension and conflict between the main characters keeps you turning the page and the supporting cast moves the story along beautifully.
I’m sad to see this series come to an end. Ms. Troilo keeps you interested from page one with well-developed character and face-paced action.
This is a must read for anyone who loves an action-packed, sensual novel. I highly recommend it.
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Author 45 books379 followers
February 13, 2017
Pride and Fall makes the third and final book in the Cathedral Lake Series. However, it also works well as a standalone novel. In this installment, we delve into the life of the youngest Keller, Faith, who suffers from PTSD and panic attacks following her abduction in book 2. The first time she ventures out to a crowded venue that pushes her boundaries, she finds herself in the midst of a terrorist attack with a shooter and an unexploded bomb. In the midst of the chaos, Faith has to battle her demons while she tries to assist the wounded.

Not only does Faith have to cope with her PTSD, she also struggles with her new veterinary practice. And when Officer Carter Emerson takes an interest in her, the pressure piles on. Torn between attraction to the attractive policeman and the fear from falling under suspicion, will life ever settle down for the Keller family?

Once again, the author brings us family drama, suspense, and romance all rolled into one delightful tale. I would highly recommend this trilogy.
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Author 11 books44 followers
January 28, 2017
I love a book filled with action and suspense and this third book of Troilo’s Cathedral Lake Series did not disappoint.

Pride and Fall continues to follow the saga of the Keller Family. Faith Keller has had to overcome a lot in life—the untimely and tragic death of her twin sister, the near destruction of her family, and an abduction. Is it any wonder she suffers from PTSD?

Now with a new veterinary practice, Faith struggles to overcome her fears. At the same time, she wants to exert independence. However, she soon finds herself caught in the middle of a police investigation after she is suspected of drug dealing. Not only that, she is in danger from someone intent on making her appear guilty.

The action begins on page one and doesn’t stop until the end. If you love page-turning, suspense-filled stories, this book is for you.
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