Saturday, December 07, 2019

Above the Fold by Rachel Scott McDaniel

About the Book
After losing the love of her life to a big city journalism job, Elissa Tillman pours herself into the suffragette movement and her secretarial work helping keep her father’s Pittsburgh newspaper afloat.
Cole Parker returns to the steel city with the phantom failures of his past nipping his heels. All he asks of the future is a second chance with the woman he once spurned.
The murder of a millionaire offers the perfect chance for Elissa to prove to her father and the world that she’s a serious journalist. But there’s a catch—she has to compete for the story. Against none other than Cole Parker, the very man who shattered her heart.

My Thoughts
There is something equally wonderful and terrifying about reading the debut novel of someone you consider a friend.
Thankfully (and not surprisingly) this book was all wonderful! I was hooked from the very start and even though life kept taking me away from reading the story stayed with me, calling me back to its pages!
Admittedly I was scared that I would hate Elissa. She was desperate to prove herself as a reporter and was a staunch supporter of women’s rights, two things that often make heroines obnoxious and off-putting to me. But this author handled both aspects extremely well and they didn’t annoy me in this character even once! Elissa did have a little maturing to do but I found myself liking her and rooting for her as she experienced the growth. Cole was a hero you couldn’t help cheering for. He overcame a lot of hurdles, some that were of his own making, and was determined to be a man worthy of the opportunities he was given. I absolutely love his unwavering love of Elissa. He didn’t care what personal cost there were to him as long as she was protected.
I loved seeing them find their way back to each other and the love they’d never given up.
The big story they were chasing provided a captivating mystery throughout the book and the author expertly penned it so that even I was shocked by the ending!
And I can’t write this review without talking about one more “character” the city of Pittsburgh. As someone who’s lived outside of the city her whole life I absolutely loved all the mentions of all the familiar places! She definitely did our beautiful city justice!
All in all I could not believe this was a debut and I’m already anxiously awaiting whatever else this author has in store for us!

Meet the Author
Rachel Scott McDaniel is an award-winning author of historical romance. Winner of the ACFW Genesis Award and the RWA Touched By Love award, Rachel infuses faith and heart into each story. She currently enjoys life in Ohio with her husband and two kids. Rachel can be found online at and on all social media platforms.

I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own. 


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