19 March 2024

flicker of trust | excerpt + giveaway

about the book

When a woman disappears, Ryan’s past is fair game.

Party animal Ryan Hainstock has made an about-face. He’s now an elder-caring, money-saving, church-going man with bright plans to set himself up farming. Somehow, whether he rates with her or not, those plans always include sweet and smart Lynnie Min and her young daughter. Problem is, Ryan’s past keeps coming back to condemn him.

Lynnie Min, too young for the title of widow, travels the lonely road of single motherhood in a rural community. Her dreams were crushed by tragedy when terrorists claimed the lives of her husband and one of her daughters. While gratitude should fill her heart for the presence of three-year-old Anya, a longing for something more stirs within her. She can’t help noticing the changes in Ryan, a man she once knew as a high school jock.

While their affection deepens, greater forces conspire to destroy their growing love. A murder charge, a kidnapping, a child abandoned… Can Ryan and Lynnie overcome danger and distrust to find each other again?

publisher: leaf & blade publishing
release date: february 21, 2024


Ryan finished the grim business of burying the dead cow and spun the wheel of his tractor toward home. As he did so, he caught sight of his hands, large and strong, gripping the black steering wheel and gear shift lever. Sometimes the power in them alarmed him. Like the way he had smashed the animal’s pelvis with one mighty blow. A video of memories played through his mind of the harm his hands had done over the course of his life, the sin they had committed. An all-too familiar lead ball of guilt in the pit of his stomach became an insufferable weight, pulling his shoulders down in defeat.

How long would his past keep hounding him? In that first flush of wonder when he’d made the huge U-turn in life to trust in Christ, he had experienced the most profound relief. He was almost drunk with the joy of it. It had lasted a few months. But lately, the more scripture he heard, the worse he felt. Not only about who he used to be but about what he was even now. Why was he still tempted at times to get rip-snorting drunk? The answer to that was easy. Ryan’s father would drive a saint to drink.

about the author

Inspired by the depths of God’s love and mercy to humanity, Eleanor Bertin writes fiction that ponders the place where life’s perplexities meet faith’s certainties. Before raising and home-educating a family of seven children for thirty years, Eleanor received a college diploma in Communications and worked in agriculture journalism. She is the author of five novels, as well as the memoir, Pall of Silence, about her late son, Paul. She and her husband of 42 years live in central Alberta, Canada and are the grandparents of ten amazing grandchildren.

Connect with Eleanor by visiting eleanorbertinauthor.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates.


(2) winners will win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight March 19, 2024 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on March 26, 2024. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US/CAN only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

tour schedule


  1. Great excerpt, definitely made me want to read this story. Thank you for sharing

  2. Thank you for being part of the blog tour for "Flicker of Trust" by Eleanor Bertin. I'm excited to explore this new to me author's book. Sounds right up my alley and now on my TBR list.
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  3. Sounds like a good read.

  4. thanks so much for spotlighting Flicker of Trust!

  5. This sounds like a great book!

  6. Anonymous20/3/24 14:22


  7. Hallie, Thank you for sharing. Flicker of Trust sounds like a must read.

  8. Flicker of Trust has a good faith thread running through it.

  9. Who are your literary heroes, and why?

    1. Tracie, if you mean heroes in literature, I'd have to say, Mr. Darcy -- I mean, what's not to like? Modest, principled, handsome...

  10. Thanks so much, Hallie, for reading and reviewing Flicker of Trust! Reviews like yours are gold to authors.