Saturday, 15 October 2016

Review: Waking Savannah by Terri-Lynne DeFino

Bitterly, Connecticut, has been a haven for a woman shattered by painful memories—until a handsome stranger appears and threatens to awaken the ghosts of her past…

For the last eleven years, Savannah Callowell has led a peaceful existence in Bitterly. As the owner of an old farm, she’s mostly kept to herself, not daring to let anyone get too close. None of her neighbors know that she’s haunted by tragedy, and she’s done everything possible to escape her ghosts. She thinks she’s succeeding, until her new foreman shows up—and he’s far from being the college kid she was expecting…

A worldly former professor, Adelmo Gallegos has his own reasons for wanting to hide out on Savvy’s farm, and he isn’t about to share them with anyone, not even his enticing new boss. Still, Ade can’t help himself, the more time he spends with Savannah, the more he longs to lure her out of her protective shell. But how can he convince her that opening her heart is the only way to heal? Especially since he too has secrets he’s unwilling to share? Only when the past catches up with them may they be able to free themselves of it…

ebook, 250 pages
Expected publication: October 25th 2016 by Lyrical Shine

Terri's Thoughts

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!  The expected publication is October 25th.

This is the third book in the Bitterly Suite series however can be read as a stand alone.  I will caution however that it may be better suited to read the series in order just to keep track of the secondary characters.  I have read the second book but not the first, and I found I could not keep up with who all the characters were.  There were simply too many and some must have been from the first instalment which caused some slight confusion.  As it did not really impact the main storyline, I was able to continue.

This is a story that delivers exactly what you would expect.  Both characters have some emotional baggage that they bring to the storyline.  What I liked was that I was not left waiting for the two to come together which can get old fast in some stories.  Instead, the reader gets to see them work through their baggage and see how it turns out.  For this, I enjoyed this story so much better then the second in the series.

If this story is your first introduction to the Bitterly Suite series, be aware that there is a form of "otherworldly" aspects to the story.  I won't go as far to say paranormal, there is just a secondary story of someone who is no longer with the living, narrated by said person.  This was also present in the second story so I will assume it was also in the first.  I liked this aspect, someone on the sidelines watching the story unfold as well as a side story to compliment the plot.

This was a quick and fun read for me.  If there are further instalments to this story I will be sure to read them.

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