Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Blog Tour: Two From Isaac's House by Normandie Fischer

Author: Normandie Fischer
Publisher: Sleepy Creek Press
Date of publication: November 18, 2015

Inheritance? Check. Solo trip before getting married? Check. Dangerous hot guy she shouldn’t get involved with in a thousand years? Oh, honey, that’s a check.

From author Normandie Fischer comes a new romantic suspense that takes the reader from the hills of Italy to the Jordanian desert and from there to an Israel on the brink of war with Hamas.
Rina Lynne has never traveled far from Morehead City, North Carolina. So when she inherits her father’s secret stash, she’s ready to kick up her heels and go adventuring before she settles down to marry her long-time fiancé. First stop, Italy.

Enter Tony (aka Anton), an engineering geek conned into helping his Israeli cousins as a sort-of spy. From the moment he meets Rina, he’s distracted, which is not a good idea when there’s already been murder and theft. And from the moment Rina meets Tony, she’s fascinated, which is also not a good idea. He claims to be an Arab-American, and she’s half-Jewish. And engaged. And then there are all those bodies dropping around them, each linked to the gathering storm in the Middle East.

Two From Isaac's House is a romantic suspense that has a little something for everyone.  The story involves Rina and Tony.  Rina is taking a vacation in Europe. One last adventure before she gets married. Tony is working as a spy for his cousin.  When the two meet, there is an attraction, but Tony doesn't know how to keep danger from finding Rina.

For the most part, I liked the book.  What I liked most  was the characters.  I loved Rina and her conviction to see some of the world before she settled down,  I also loved how she went after what she wanted in the end. The secondary characters made the story more interesting, especially Acie. I also enjoyed the descriptions of Italy.  It sounds like a beautiful place to visit.

For me, the suspense part of the book was what I struggled with.  I'm not sure I really know enough about the conflict with Palestine and Israel to really understand what Tony was trying to do in Perugia. So that made the book really slow at times for me. But, that didn't take away from my enjoyment of the romance between Tony and Rina.  I was really rooting for them!

As I said, this book has a something for everyone.  Religion, intrigue, and romance.  I do think you should give it a shot and see for yourself.  This si the first book that I have read by this author.  I have heard good things abotu her earlier books, so I'll have to check them out.

About Normandie Fischer

Normandie Fischer combines a love of all things Italian with a fascination for the cultures and cuisines of the Middle East, an interest fostered when she studied sculpture in Perugia and lived among Arab students. She and her husband retired from cruising Pacific Mexico on board their ketch, Sea Venture, to care for her aging mother, who now sails with them whenever the opportunity arises.

Two from Isaac’s House is her first romantic suspense. She is better known for her women’s fiction, including Becalmed (2013), Heavy Weather (2015), and Sailing out of Darkness (2013).

Find out more about Normandie at her website, connect with her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.

Normandie’s Tour Stops

Wednesday, February 17th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Monday, February 22nd: Patricia’s Wisdom
Monday, February 22nd: Queen of All She Reads
Tuesday, February 23rd:
Wednesday, February 24th: Reading is My Super Power
Friday, February 26th: Not in Jersey
Monday, February 29th: Book by Book
Tuesday, March 1st: From the TBR Pile
Tuesday, March 1st: Worth Getting in Bed For
Wednesday, March 2nd: My So-Called Book Reviews


Normandie Fischer said...

Kari, thanks so much for taking the time to read and review Two from Isaac's House. I'm glad you enjoyed Acie--I loved her. And I'm going to consider your issue with the politics of the region. As authors, we often make assumptions about our audience: what inspires or concerns us must necessarily concern others, when that's often not the case. So, thank you for inspiring me to consider readers who don't share my sensibilities.

Hope you do take a gander at my Carolina Coast stories, which are very different from this one. Again, thank you!


Kari Boardman said...

I will definitely check out the series!

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I'm so pleased to see that you enjoyed this one! Thanks for being a part of the tour.