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Smoke Screen

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  26 reviews
A gripping new novel from New York Times bestselling author Terri Blackstock.

One father was murdered, and another convicted of his death. All because their children fell in love.

Nate Beckett has spent his life fighting wildfires instead of the lies and rumors that drove him from his Colorado home town. His mother begs him to come to Carlisle now that his father has been re
Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Thomas Nelson
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Sarah Grace Grzy
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, so good! This is my first Blackstock book and I wasn't disappointed! RTC!
Aug 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Smoke Screen was an enjoyable book filled with twists and turns to keep the readers guessing. Author Terri Blackstock has a way of dipping deep into the readers’ emotions and creating an authentic story that is both relatable and compelling. Her portrayal of the contentious custody battle between Jack and Brenna was unfortunately very realistic and common with parents who have gone through a divorce. My heart broke for Brenna as she had to deal with all the ugliness and hatred from her ex-husban ...more
Ashley Johnson
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book was not what I was expecting at all. It was more like a depressing fictional drama than a suspense book. I could not find myself rooting for any of the characters and I really wanted more in the way of mystery, suspense, and plot in general. 90% of the book focused on Brenna’s alcoholism and custody battle. She was hard to empathize with and hard to like. I have a hard time thinking that the alcoholic needs custody of her children. I’m not sure what Nate saw in her and that made me que ...more
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Smoke Screen is one of the best Christian Fiction books I have read recently. Nate Beckett who is a smoke jumper fire fighter who finds his life turned sideways which leads him back to home town of Carlisle, Colorado to heal his wounds. Back home he crosses paths with a past love in Brenna who is struggling in her own life situation. Will the pains of the past continue to haunt both of them or
Diane Higgins
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved “Smoke Screen” by Terri Blackstock! I have never read a book by Terri Blackstock that I haven’t loved. This one is a little different than her other books that I’ve read, but she still delivered!

This book is told from the perspective of two different people, Brenna and Nate. Brenna and Nate were in love once, when they were 16! Since then, they broke up and both of their lives have taken a different turn. Both Brenna and Nate’s fathers weren’t happy about the idea of their chi
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've always liked Terri Blackstock's books. This was no exception. She captures the emotional wreck(what I imagine is pretty realistic) of divorce, a custody battle, and what plays into Brenna's depression and alcohol abuse. Nate, the other main character, is the stable, logical, God-centered character that helps Brenna through the ordeal. I think Blackstock did a good job with the romance part of the novel, not making it about the two characters 'fixing' each other. The plot wasn't surprising b ...more
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book by Terri Blackstock that I have read. I've heard such great things about her writing and I was not disappointed. This will definitely not be the last book I read of hers.
The characters were easy to relate to, they felt real and had real world problems. I loved the chemistry between them. Their romance was lovely to read and never felt mushy.
I found this very suspenseful and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't wait to see how it all turned out.
I highly recommend
Aug 01, 2019 rated it liked it
This story centre around Brenna, a woman whose husband has left her and who is worried about losing custody of the children, She is struggling to cope and drinking too much when the children are away. Returned to the town is Nate, her teenage boyfriend. They were separated as children after his father was convicted of killing her father, I was expecting the story to be more of a crime novel as they looked into the events of the past but this part of the story is very much backstage. This is esse ...more
Jessica Herr
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is AMAZING!!! Terri is one of the best.
I loved the story of Nate and Brenna. Brenna dealt with problems we all face, anxiety, depression and feeling out of control. We all have a way of coping with problems weather people turn to alcohol or not. She didn't like that she drank but she needed help!
All Nate wanted was to have his dad proud of him. He knew he was in Christ but he still wanted his dad's approval. And let's just discuss for a moment how brave he was to be a smoke jumper. Tha
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it
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A tragic story of minipulation and deceit. Nate is a smoke jumper, who saves a senator and his family when out fighting wildfires. Nate heads back to his hometown to heal from burns, he sustained while rescuing the senator and his family.. Nate's father just got released from a fourteen prison sentencing and wants to prove his innocence from being accused of murder. Nate's old high school girlfriend, Breanna is trying to be a good mom to two children, while going through a
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Terri Blackstock stories! She did not disappoint in her latest book. This story felt real. The struggle with gaining custody of children after a divorce, the pardon of a murder, (but was he ever truly guilty?), and an unsolved arson are woven in to form a plot that will keep you turning the pages.
Breann, dealing with stress in a destructive way, Nate, a parachute fire fighter trying to heal from burns sustained on the job, and town with prejudices from the past bring you a real look in to
Sherry Deatrick
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love how Terri Blackstock writes! This story was easy to read and moved along quickly. I love how she balanced the mystery and the romance so well. Most stories lean more one way than the other. I felt that she made the perfect mix in this one. This is not as suspenseful as many of her books but the story moved along well with an evenly paced eventful plot line.
I am not usually a fan of books written in the first person but Ms. Blackstock's does it so expertly, that I couldn't help but enjoy
This latest read of Terry Blackstock did not disappoint. She is one of my faves for Christian suspense novels!

The story is multi-layered centering around a wrongful murder conviction and arson which tore apart two highschool sweethearts a decade previous. Money, corruption, greed, and a custody battle loss seemingly will win over justice. Except God had other plans for Nate and Brenna! This book was a lovely mix of suspenseful twists and romance, and I recommend it to those who enjoy figuring ou
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story was written in first person, which sometimes throws me off. Terri Blackstock did a good job with it, though. While I enjoyed it, I would say it’s not my favorite from her. There was definitely a mystery, but I wouldn’t consider it suspenseful. I liked the main characters, Nate and Brenna and their relationship. *spoiler alert* I’m glad the author tackled the tough subject matter of alcoholism and some tools used to combat that. I do feel like at least one story line went unresolved, t ...more
Rebecca Hollingsworth
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book, hands-down has been my favorite yet by this author. There’s such a deep meaning behind the story and the author was able to tell it in a way, that you connected with the characters and the storyline.

You should have an overwhelming feeling of pride for our main characters as they are both able to overcome personal struggles, defeat personal demons and come out on top!

I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my personal opinion and I couldn’t be more pleased with this author
Jennie Webb
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As always, Terri Blackstock is great at keeping her readers in suspense! I feel like this story is a bit different than the rest of her stories, especially those in the last several years. It has a lot more romance for one thing, so all you romance lovers out there will enjoy that part of it! 😊 And it just has a different "feel" to it, and that's good! Still a great story.
I was given an advance e-copy of this book by Netgalley, so thanks for that! All opinions are entirely my own.
Doug Yonce
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Once again Terri Blackstock does an excellent job of weaving religious beliefs and convictions into a novel that without that aspect would be a very good novel, but instead is elevated to a higher level. Realistic characters with real needs are able to turn to a source of real power. I received an advanced digital copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Christine Steffens
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a story proving that love can win in spite of past mistakes. It follows two people going through life problems and just how devastating selfishness, greed and divorce can be on families and friends. You join Nate and Brenna on this emotional roller coaster ride, experiencing each new revelation with them.
A definite read for everyone who loves others!
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a Christian Romantic Suspense story. It is about long lost loves, family, and forgiveness. This book does switch point of views very frequently and I did get confused at times about who was actually talking. I did enjoy this book and this author is a favorite of many of my customers
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Early edition book club read.
Quick read that was well told. Firefighter gets hurt saving a senator while fighting a large fire with his crew, ultimately putting him on a forced medical leave while he heals. He goes back to the small town where he grew up to heal. He left this small town many years prior after a couple of scandals happened. Now that he is back, he helps solve these old issues.
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This novel is a wonderful story of forgiveness, mercy, and long-lost love. While I was worried that the plot was rather predictable, the ending surprised and delighted me.

Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.
Shana Brock
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-adventures
"I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own."

This was a good book. I liked the story line and the character development. The ending and unveiling for resolution seemed a bit rushed, but overall this was a good read.
Julie Graves
review to come November 5, 2019
Elizabeth Dennison
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nail biting read!!!
Erin Duffey
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
The story line is interesting and so are the characters however it's published by a Christian publisher and I was very turned off by the praying and talking about god.
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Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I truly enjoyed this book!

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Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over six million copies sold worldwide. She is the winner of two Carol Awards, a Christian Retailers Choice Award, and a Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, among others. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist.

Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in a U.S. Air Force family. She lived
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