Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for True Courage by Kathryn Barrett as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour and to the author for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
From award-winning author Kathryn Barrett:
Some days it was hell being leader of the free world.
The Washington press calls him the “accidental president.” As a Medal of Honor recipient and national hero, Adam Dybikagreed to run for president during the country’s deepest crisis.
Now that things have stabilized, he’s got problems at home: his 14-year-old daughter Katie keeps ditching her Secret Service protection and reminding him he’s the world’s worst father. And on top of that, he’s begun hearing the voices of dead presidents. Either he’s going mad, or the White House is haunted.
As the new head of Katie’s Secret Service detail, Ellie Brody is trying to live up to the high expectations of her father, former agent Frank Brody. But her new job puts her in direct danger of succumbing to the president’s charm.
Can these two find love in the White House, under the most intense media scrutiny—and the watchful eye of Lyndon Johnson?
True Courage was such wonderful story! I have to say I really liked the premise of having a main character as the President of the United States along with being a father to a teenager. It just gave the story an extra special edge. Especially as Adam struggled with difficult decisions and situations. Not only when it came to his country but also his daughter.
There was a good combination of drama and romance that kept me thoroughly entertained throughout. Ellie and Adam had this lovely connection and I thought the author did a brilliant job of creating their slow burn romance. There were not only issues along the way with a bunch of political problems. You then had a teenager going through a tough time thrown into the mix. I thought Ellie handled it all brilliantly and I couldn’t help but find her character engaging. She stood up for herself and others which made her the perfect match for Adam. Let’s just say I was rooting for them the whole way through.
I got completely caught up in Ellie and Adam’s story. Through the tricky and realistic situations it really felt like I got to know them. There were both lighter and darker moments that helped connect me to the characters too. True Courage was a lovely escape!
Kathryn Barrett has always loved larger-than-life characters and happy-ever-after endings. After working on several political campaigns, including a US presidential campaign, she moved to England and began writing the stories that intrigued her. Her first novel, TEMPTATION, was the winner of the Golden Quill Best First Book contest, the Holt Medallion for Best Mainstream/Single Title, and the Holt Award of Merit for Best First Book. Find out more at www.kathrynbarrett.com.
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