Monday, April 22, 2019

Review: "Rescuing His Secret Child" by Maggie K. Black

Over the next several weeks, TLC Book Tours is touring several Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense titles. I haven't always enjoyed Love Inspired books, but I feel like recently the quality of the writing has improved drastically, and the descriptions of two of the books on tour caught my attention, so I decided to jump in! Today, I'm reviewing the Love Inspired Suspense title Rescuing His Secret Child, and in early May I'll have the Love Inspired title Her Oklahoma Rancher.

A train heist unearths family secrets

Trapped with armed hijackers aboard a speeding train, Nick Henry is determined to free the hostages—especially his ex-girlfriend and the son he never knew existed. The army corporal must use his training to save them, but this mission’s personal. Nick broke a promise to Erica Knight once, but he won’t let her down now, because something precious is on the line: his family.

First of all, while the writing in Love Inspired books is getting better, the titles are not. Rescuing His Secret Child? I suppose it tells me what the book will be about, but it also doesn't attract me ... or make me want to answer you if you ask me the name of the book I'm currently reading!

Fortunately, the book is much better than the title! Rescuing His Secret Child takes place over a period of maybe 24 hours (except for the very end of the final chapter, which is set a few weeks later), and that short time period really helps to build the suspense. While I'm normally not a fan of romance in suspense novels that are set over a short period of time, it helps here that Nick and Erica have a history, so the speed at which their romance moves feels authentic.

Zander, Erica and Nick's son, is completely adorable (if perhaps a bit unbelievable for a five-year-old), and his growing relationship with Nick was really sweet.

I did pinpoint the mastermind behind the train heist fairly early on but not his motivation, and it was fun to see it all unfold. This is a quick, suspenseful read that I found to be really enjoyable. Also, I believe this is one of the only books I've read set in contemporary Canada (besides Liz Johnson's Prince Edward Island Dreams series), so it was a fun setting to dive into. 4 stars.

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Maggie K. Black is an award-winning journalist with a thirst for adventure. She's lived in the American South, Europe and Middle East, and left a piece of her heart in each. She now makes her home in Canada, where she writes stories that make her heart race, chases her dog around the park and shares her adventures with her one true love and and their two daughters.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through TLC Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


  1. I'm really glad the title didn't stop you! I kind of love when a book has something that automatically makes you question if you'll like it and you go on to really enjoy it! Thank you for being on the tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours

    1. I mean, the "on the nose" title seems to be pretty popular right now ... but that doesn't mean I have to like it! But yes, I really enjoyed it!


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