Sophie Russo has returned to Willow Bay to get her life back on track following the death of her beloved grandfather, who raised her. Henry Dugan, the man who employs her to edit his non-fiction writing and whom she’s never met, is coming for the summer to try his hand at fiction writing in a quiet setting. Well toss that, because despite it’s appearance, Willow Bay has a lot of long buried secrets ready to bubble up. The return of Eva, Sophie’s mother who abandoned her at birth, the vandalism in search of answers and finally the unexpected desire for a man who has been her friend from afar for years, keeps Sophie in a tailspin.
I really liked this story. For me the story just hit it on all cylinders—the characters were real and human and older enough to have some real life behind them. The move toward a relationship was measured, the pace was true without the flash-bam of falling into bed of so much fiction these days. These characters knew each other on a different level before "meeting" and they used that to grow toward one another. There is one scene at the lighthouse with the three girlfriends that should not be missed, no spoilers, but I laughed out loud. I highly recommend it– enjoy!
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Title: A Treasured Lily
Author: Dawn Brower
Length: 132 pages
Genres: Historical, Romance
TBR Reviewer: Donna
Rating: 3 stars - A Good Read
Heat: 2/5 - Flirty
Lilianna is the pampered daughter of a Viscount and his lady, whom he acquired by kidnapping when he was a pirate. Lily was brought up on stories of this dashing tale and knows her parents love one another. But she doesn’t believe in love or happily ever after for herself. She decides to act upon her scheme to run away to the colonies. After all, the plantation escaped the war and is part of her dowry. She only needs transportation to America. Enter Rand Collins, an orphan who ran away to sea when only a boy. He now owes several ships and captains his own vessel. He’s in England to raise funds for a new enterprise – steamboats. Lily easily persuades him to transport her to South Carolina.
This was a good story with a great premise, but I felt the characters could have been more three-dimensional with a slower pace. The three weeks of the ships crossing felt a little disjointed at times. Though I saw the twist at the end coming, I did enjoy it. I believe one more read through to clean up a few missing or wrong words would polish it off nicely.
Casey Hobbes was rescued from a dangerous cult as child. Her stepmother got her away just in time, and the small town to which they escaped has encompassed and protected them all these years. But Casey, understandably, has trust issues. She’s been in hiding for years to protect her identity as well as protect her stepmother from prosecution. She’s only told her best friends about her past and that time in her life has never been discussed again. Casey’s a serial dater, never allowing anyone to get too close. Enter Zane Buchanan a charming professor, whose love of learning embraces everything, but his specialty is researching and exposing dangerous cults, and his holy grail is finding the lone survivor of the Sunshine Seekers Cult.
They don’t know each other’s secrets, but they do know the attraction between them. I liked this book and recommend you give it a look. Maybe the heat between the two (pun intended) at their first meeting is a little quick, but Ms. Barth has drawn three dimensional characters who have their faults, as well as a small town with all of the baggage that goes along with everyone knowing more about you than you like. It was fast paced and the plot was a new one for me – cults and their ramifications on the followers. You’ll enjoy this one.
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