Romance - Suspense
346 Pages
Reviewed on 08/25/2014
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Author Biography

Kate Porter has had one true passion, even as a young girl: writing. Poetry and short stories were her pleasure and her escape while growing up on a small farm approximately fifty miles south of Indianapolis. From her first short story printed in her high school newspaper at the age of fifteen, until the publication of her debut novel, SECRETS IN BETHLEHEM, in the summer of 2012 she has dreamed of being an author. As a two time winner of the Indie Book of the Day award, Kate has explored different genres in her writing career and has an eclectic taste in her own reading material. She has studied fiction writing at Greenville Tech, in Greenville, SC and traveled to Georgia for a writing workshop with her best friend. Kate has been profiled in her hometown newspaper, in Spencer, Indiana and in 2013, she was featured in WOMAN'S DAY magazine and again in the Greenville News. In September 2013. she held her first author event at a local book store in Greenville.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Black Harvest is the first book in Kate Porter's Black Harvest Trilogy. Rose Bradigan's husband, Ben, agreed to a plea bargain that gave him a prison term of life without a chance of parole. At his request, Rose initiated divorce proceedings against him; a move that turned her teenage daughter, Lily, against her. Two years later, Lily's still convinced that her father is innocent of the charges leveled against him, and she believes her mother abandoned him when he needed her. Rose hasn't wanted to tell Lily that Ben felt that the divorce was the best way to protect his wife and daughter from his enemies. When Lily is brought back by policemen after being found at a late-night party, Rose and her ex-husband decide that she and Lily should go on a trip and try to bridge their differences. As they head down to Disney World, the unthinkable happens. Rose is found stumbling along a road in South Carolina by a county sheriff, and she has no idea what happened to her.

Kate Porter's novel, Black Harvest, is an exciting and well-plotted story that is both a police procedural and a romance. I enjoyed following Sheriff Lucas Manning's investigation into the disappearance of Lily and watching how he attempts, rather unsuccessfully, to keep a professional detachment about the case. There's also a psychological thriller element to Black Harvest as Rose has to reconcile her feelings for both Ben, the ex-husband, and Lucas, the man who's promised to find her daughter, while trying to regain her memory. Porter's characters are fully developed and quickly seem like real people. Her story-line is marvelous and reads like a first-rate mystery while including enough romance to satisfy fans of romantic suspense novels. Black Harvest is fast-paced and entertaining, and it's highly recommended.

Not my normal genre

i have read all of Kate Porters books, including her debut novel, Secrets in Bethlehem and I can promise you that her strongest talent is the one that cannot be taught; creative storylines! Black Harvest is no different. Though this is not the genre I normally read, I read it because Kate Porter wrote it and I never gave it a second thought. The story is creative, intriguing and at times, nail-biting. As with all of her stories it was entertaining cover to cover. Take it from one of her original fans, you will not be disappointed!!

Pat Donchez

As with her other books, Kate Porter has done it again. I could not put the book down. What wonderful writing. Can't wait for the next one in this trilogy. This could make a good "made for TV" movie.

Remy Lawrence

I have read all of Kate Porter's books and NONE have disappointed me. Each one engages me and makes me want to stay up late, curled in my bed reading instead of going to sleep like I should! This book is a little darker, given the subject matter and the fact that I have daughters but I still read it cover to cover in a couple of days. I highly recommend this book!!!