Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Review: The Fourth Summer (Stand Tall #1) by Kathleen Gilles Seidel


THE ENDLESS SEASON 
Freelance graphic artist Caitlin McGraw is living the hipster life in San Francisco when a jury summons brings her home to North Carolina. But doing her civic duty wasn’t supposed to include a reunion with Seth Street, the celebrity Olympic medalist—and Caitlin’s teenage love. She fell hard for Seth at thirteen, only to lose him when he left in the middle of that third summer . . . when everything changed between them.
 
You never forget your first love, and a decade of fame and fortune as the face of professional snowboarding hasn’t dimmed Seth’s memory of seemingly endless, perfect summers. Now, sequestered with Caitlin on a high-profile case, could Seth have a chance to rekindle those feelings of the past? Amid family conflicts and hard-hitting revelations in and out of the courtroom, Seth and Caitlin face some tough hurdles. With so much at stake, can they trust in what they’ve reawakened in each other and turn this season of change into a lifetime of love? 

Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 250 pages
Expected publication: July 24th 2018 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!

To start with, I feel the need to mention that the cover of this book seems to suggest that the story is much steamier than it actually is.  For the most part, this is a pretty clean read.  While there is some sex scenes, they are few and far between and they skip the details that you would read in other stories.

The focal point of the story is actually the on the members of the jury and the complex relationship between Caitlin and Seth.  It takes the reader back to the past when Caitlin was fifteen and Seth sixteen and the reader sees how their relationship developed over three summers.  It then skips forward to the present and how they are trying to deal with these unresolved feelings as adults, mixed in with the complexity of serving on jury duty together.  I liked this about the story.

For those who are not big fans of courtroom drama's, you need not fear.  Everything is from the point of view of the jury members mainly when they are sequestered and the court case not does not play out within the pages (for the most part).

While I feel that the relationship between Caitlin and Seth was way more complex than it needed to be, I was still in their corner to see how their issues would be resolved.

This story was refreshingly different from a lot of other in the genre and I appreciated the change of pace.  Overall a good read!



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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Review: The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain


When Caroline Sears receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970 and there seems to be little that can be done. But her brother-in-law, a physicist, tells her that perhaps there is. Hunter appeared in their lives just a few years before—and his appearance was as mysterious as his past. With no family, no friends, and a background shrouded in secrets, Hunter embraced the Sears family and never looked back.
Now, Hunter is telling her that something can be done about her baby's heart. Something that will shatter every preconceived notion that Caroline has. Something that will require a kind of strength and courage that Caroline never knew existed. Something that will mean a mind-bending leap of faith on Caroline's part.
And all for the love of her unborn child.
A rich, genre-spanning, breathtaking novel about one mother's quest to save her child, unite her family, and believe in the unbelievable. Diane Chamberlain pushes the boundaries of faith and science to deliver a novel that you will never forget.


Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by St. Martin's Press 

Kristine's Thoughts:

** I received an advanced readers copy from St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review, Thank you!**

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge Diane Chamberlain fan. I have devoured all of her books without reading the synopsis or knowing in advance what the story was about. It was never necessary. Her books were like a warm, fuzzy blanket on a cold winters night. They were comforting, they always delivered and they were and are my happy place. When I had the opportunity to read The Dream Daughter in advance of the publication date I jumped on it. Are you kidding me? There was no way I wanted to wait until October to get lost in it. As with all of her past books, I ignored the synopsis and went into it blind.

Right from the beginning I could tell that this book was different from the typical Diane Chamberlain book that I know and love. Why you ask? It dealt with a subject that forced you to stretch your imagination and believe in something that couldn't happen in real life. Something that I typically have a hard time doing and an even harder time reading and enjoying. Avid followers will know what I am talking about but I won't give it away. However, mixed with her trademark family drama, attention to detail and a compelling story to go along with it, she managed to pull it off tremendously.

The story was told mostly from Carly's perspective but also from her brother in law Hunter's. It weaved back and forth between multiple different time frames. As is normally the case with Chamberlain's books, I found myself getting lost in the pages and anxious to know how the story would play out. I found that the aspect that made it different (that I normally struggle with) was not a factor at all in the enjoyment of this book. In fact, it just made the plot more complex and definitely more dramatic. I found myself having many debates in my head over the events that unfolded in the pages. There were numerous times where I questioned the actions of the characters and wasn't even sure if I liked them.

Ultimately this book was a story about the lengths one woman would go to for the love of her child. It was both beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. It flowed smoothly and I was able to finish it in one day. It may have been different from a typical Chamberlain book but it still had all of the things that I love about her writing. I can't wait for this book to be published so that my reader fans and friends can get their hands on it and we can discuss it. There will be no shortage of things to talk about.

I loved every minute of this book!




About the Author
Diane Chamberlain is the New York Times, USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of 25 novels published in more than twenty languages. Some of her most popular books include Necessary Lies, The Silent Sister, The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, and The Keeper of the Light Trilogy. Diane likes to write complex stories about relationships between men and women, parents and children, brothers and sisters, and friends. Although the thematic focus of her books often revolves around family, love, compassion and forgiveness, her stories usually feature a combination of drama, mystery, secrets and intrigue. Diane’s background in psychology has given her a keen interest in understanding the way people tick, as well as the background necessary to create her realistic characters.

Diane was born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey and spent her summers at the Jersey Shore. She also lived for many years in San Diego and northern Virginia before making North Carolina her home.

Diane received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in clinical social work from San Diego State University. Prior to her writing career, Diane worked in hospitals in San Diego and Washington, D.C. before opening a private psychotherapy practice in Alexandria Virginia specializing in adolescents. All the while Diane was writing on the side. Her first book, Private Relations was published in 1989 and it earned the RITA award for Best Single Title Contemporary Novel.

Diane lives with her partner, photographer John Pagliuca, and her sheltie, Cole. She has three stepdaughters, two sons-in-law, and four grandchildren. She’s currently at work on her next novel.


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Monday, 16 July 2018

Review: The Pearl Sister (The Seven Sisters #4) by Lucinda Riley


From the breathtaking beaches of Thailand to the barely tamed wilds of colonial Australia, The Pearl Sister is the next captivating story in New York Times bestselling author Lucinda Riley’s epic series about two women searching for a place to call home.

CeCe D’Aplièse has always felt like an outcast. But following the death of her father—the reclusive billionaire affectionately called Pa Salt by the six daughters he adopted from around the globe—she finds herself more alone than ever. With nothing left to lose, CeCe delves into the mystery of her familial origins. The only clues she holds are a black and white photograph and the name of a female pioneer who once traversed the globe from Scotland to Australia.

One hundred years earlier, Kitty McBride, a clergyman's daughter, abandoned her conservative upbringing to serve as the companion to a wealthy woman traveling from Edinburgh to Adelaide. Her ticket to a new land brings the adventure she dreamed of…and a love that she had never imagined.

When CeCe reaches the searing heat and dusty plains of the Red Centre of Australia, something deep within her responds to the energy of the area and the ancient culture of the Aboriginal people, and her soul reawakens. As she comes closer to finding the truth of her ancestry, CeCe begins to believe that this untamed, vast continent could offer her what she’s always yearned for: a sense of belonging.


Kindle Edition, 528 pages

Published January 23rd 2018 by Atria Books (first published November 2nd 2017)



Terri's Thoughts

I read this story when it was first released and I am only now sitting down write the review.  The reason why?  Is because this story is linked to my story and it is difficult to separate the two in order to do so.  In order to give the credit that is due, I will just take a minute to share my story and how this book is linked.


I have been a fan of Lucinda Rileys for many years and I have read all of her published work that I am aware of.  I discovered this series way back at the beginning when I had requested and received an early copy of The Seven Sisters and I fell in love with it.  I just had to talk about the book with someone so I had asked my mom to read it once it was published.  She was instantly hooked as well.


We would spend endless hours talking about each story as it was released, pondering the mysteries of where the seventh sister was, the mystery of Pa Salt and agonize over the fact that we discovered the series at the beginning so we had to wait for each subsequent story to be written and released.  I would alert her on the release date of each novel so that she could purchase the book as soon as it was available.  


The Pearl Sister was released on January 23rd and my mom was in the hospital due to complications from a kidney transplant the previous August.  As usual, on the 23rd we purchased the book for her which served as additional company while she was in the hospital.  For the first time, she started this instalment before me so couldn't discuss it until I caught up.


To make a long story short, I finished this story first as after a second hospital stay, my mom never made it to see the end of the story.  As this series has been something we have been enjoying together, it has made it very difficult to write my review as it is so connected to my memories of her.  Upon further reflection, I know I must.  I need to let her know how the story ended, how the series ends. I need to let her know what the deal with the missing sister is and what Pa Salts story is.  I need to let her know all of this because she would want to know even if I may shed a couple tears doing so.  So mom, this review and all future reviews of this series is for you.


By now you can tell how much I adore this series and Lucinda Riley's work.  The Pearl Sister was not different.  To be honest I wasn't sure how I would feel about CeCe's story as she was not portrayed as the most likeable character in the first three books.  I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed her character a lot more than I expected.


I am sure by now there have been multiple reviews posted that depict all there is to say about this particular story.  I think I have already made it clear the emotional attachment I have to this novel and the whole series.  This will remain I am sure until the last word on the last novel at the series conclusion.  


This series cannot be missed by any fans of historical fiction.  The way each sister's individual story takes us to a different location in the world to tell their complex past while you know that there is also woven in the pages of each story a current mystery you are just itching to find out about.  I do not know how Riley has managed to tell each story (and the upcoming ones) while all the while setting us up (I believe) for the final story.  It is pure genius.


On a side note, I want to thank Lucinda Riley for providing me with something that I can treasure because I shared it with my mom.  If you ever wonder how your words can impact people or if they do, I am your testimonial and I will forever cherish what you were able to bring to us.  It seems fitting that this review will be published on what would have been my mom's birthday.







About the Author




KA: Lucinda Edmonds
Lucinda Riley was born in Ireland, and after an early career as an actress in film, theatre and television, wrote her first book aged twenty-four. Her books have been translated into over thirty languages and sold over ten million copies worldwide. She is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author.

Lucinda’s novels include The Seven Sisters, a seven-book series telling the story of adopted sisters and based allegorically on the mythology of the famous star constellation. The first three books, The Seven Sisters, The Storm Sister, and The Shadow Sister have all been No.1 bestsellers across Europe, and the rights to a multi-season TV series have already been optioned by a Hollywood production company.


Sunday, 15 July 2018

Review: Still Water by Amy Stuart

From the Globe and Mail bestselling author of Still Mine comes a new thriller featuring Clare and Malcolm, this time on the hunt for a missing mother and son in a town that is drowning in deception—Clare may be in her gravest danger yet.

HOW DO YOU FIND THE TRUTH IN A TOWN FULL OF SECRETS?

Clare has to find them.

Sally Proulx and her young boy have mysteriously disappeared in the stormy town of High River. Clare is hired to track them down, hoping against all odds to find them alive. But High River isn’t your typical town. It’s a place where women run to—women who want to escape their past. They run to Helen Haines, a matriarch who offers them safe haven and anonymity. Pretending to be Sally’s long-lost friend, Clare turns up and starts asking questions, but nothing prepares her for the swirl of deception and the depth of the lies.

Did Sally drown? Did her son? Was it an accident, or is their disappearance part of something bigger?

In a town where secrets are crucial to survival, everyone is hiding something. Detectives Somers and Rourke clearly have an ulterior motive beyond solving the case. Malcolm Boon, who hired Clare, knows more about her than he reveals. And Helen is concealing a tragic family history of her own. As the truth surges through High River, Clare must face the very thing she has so desperately been running from, even if it comes at a devastating cost. Compulsively gripping and twisty, Still Water is a deep dive of a thriller that will leave you breathless.


Paperback, 326 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Simon Schuster 
Series: Still #2
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Kristine's Thoughts:
** I received an advanced readers copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

Still Water is the second book in the Still series but I believe it was meant to be able to be read as a stand alone. However, I struggled a bit with the story because I did not read the first book in the series. I found the back story and the relationship between Clare and Malcolm Boon to be confusing and not very clear. Intentional perhaps? I'm not sure.

The story showed great potential at the beginning. Clare went undercover as a friend to discover what happened to Sally who went missing with her son from a refuge for troubled women. When Clare arrived in High River it just fell flat. I couldn't connect with any of the characters (including Clare) and I found myself not overly interested or caring about what happened to Sally. It was really disappointing. The mystery was even less exciting. Instead of Clare following clues and discovering things it seemed that people just ended up confessing their stories to her right up until the end. She really didn't solve anything and when everything was uncovered it was very anti climatic.

I feel like I may have enjoyed the book more if I read the first in the series. Perhaps I would have been able to connect to Clare better and maybe I would have been a little more interested in the outcome. Also, there may have been a little more clarity about the relationship between her and Malcolm Boon. Then again, the book left off with the hint of a third book that might give the clarity needed for that part of the story.


About the Author
Amy Stuart’s first novel, Still Mine, was an international bestseller. Its sequel, Still Water, will be released in 2018.

Amy's writing has previously appeared in Exile Quarterly, the Vanderbilt CVC Anthology, Freefall Magazine and the Globe and Mail. She won the 2011 Writers’ Union of Canada Short Fiction Competition and was a finalist for the 2012 Vanderbilt/Exile Award. In 2012, Amy completed her MFA in Creative Writing through UBC under the mentorship of writer Lisa Moore. When not writing, she is a guidance counsellor at an alternative high school.

Amy was born in Toronto where she still lives with her husband and their three sons. Aside from writing, she loves hockey. Ice hockey.

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Saturday, 14 July 2018

Review: Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke


The secret a mother was forbidden to share . . . the consequences a daughter could not redeem—but will risk everything in her attempt.

All her life, Hannah Sterling longed for a close relationship with her estranged mother. Following Lieselotte’s death, Hannah unlocks secrets of her mother’s mysterious past, including the discovery of a grandfather living in Germany.

Thirty years earlier, Lieselotte’s father, ascending the ranks of the Nazi party, demands a marriage for his daughter to help advance his career. But Lieselotte is in love—and her beloved Lukas secretly works against the Reich. How far will her father go to achieve his goal?

Both Hannah’s and Lieselotte’s stories unfold as Hannah travels to Germany to meet her grandfather, who hides wartime secrets of his own. Longing for connection, yet shaken by all she uncovers, Hannah must decide if she can atone for her family’s tragic past, and how their legacy will shape her future.


Paperback, 416 pages

Published August 20th 2015 by Tyndale House Publisher

Terri's Thoughts

I listened to this story via audio book and I have to admit that by the middle of this story the book was going with me everywhere.  I was listening while cooking, cleaning, walking the dog and even while in the shower.  I took every opportunity to multi-task just so that I could keep listening to the story.

This is a must read for fans of WWII stories.  I am not sure why I hadn't discovered this story before now but I am so glad that I accidentally discovered.  This story is tragic at every corner, as war can be, however still manages to tell a fresh perspective from someone living in Germany at the time of the war.  This story is not all roses and happy endings nor should it be because what really is during war.  Instead it tells the story from a perspective of both those who were pro the Natzi regime and philosophy as well as those that did what they could to oppose it.  It also had the very honest reactions of a present day relatives as they slowly uncover the horrific and tragic events that occurred and in the process began to understand her heritage as a result.

I was hooked from the beginning of this story and could not believe the deception that occurred within the story.  I probably shouldn't be so naïve, in wartime I am sure this is common place.  Actually looking at parallels to what is going on in the world today, it is still pretty common place in places of war and places of peace (for now) and downright scary

I will leave it at that as this story needs to be discovered itself.  This easily would have been a 5 star read for me if it were not for the very last chapter.  It was not because of the outcome of the story but more because of how the tone of the story changed.  It became very religious and preachy (to me) on the last chapter and this did not fit in with the rest of the story.  Although there were some religious characters throughout the story, at no point did I feel like Gohlke was preaching to me.  In the last chapter, I very much felt like she was preaching to me.  It changed the whole tone for me and I had to deduct an entire star for this as it prevented the story from sticking with me as this one for sure would have otherwise.



About the Author

Cathy Gohlke is the three-time Christy Award–winning author of the best selling and critically acclaimed novels Secrets She Kept (Christy Award; INSPY Award); Saving Amelie (INSPY AWARD); Band of Sisters; Promise Me This (listed by Library Journal as one of the Best Books of 2012); I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires (Christy Award, American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year Award and listed by Library Journal as one of the Best Books of 2008) and William Henry Is a Fine Name (Christy Award).

Cathy has worked as a school librarian, drama director, and director of children's and education ministries. When not traipsing the hills and dales of historic sites, she, her husband, and their dog, Reilly, divide their time between Northern Virginia and the Jersey Shore, enjoying time with their children and granddaughter. Visit her website at www.cathygohlke.com and find her on Facebook at CathyGohlkeBooks


Thursday, 12 July 2018

Review: I Think I Love You by Lauren Layne

A game of seduction between two best friends goes deliciously wrong in an irresistible Oxford Novel that brims with wit and sexual tension. Library Journal hails Layne’s work as exemplary contemporary romance.”

Brit Robbins knows that dating in New York City is hard—she just hoped to have it mastered by age thirty. But after yet another promising suitor says they have no sparks, Brit decides it’s time to torch her dating game and try a new plan. And who better to coach Brit through the art of seduction than the guy who first gave her the “let’s be friends” card?

Hunter Cross has always figured there’s nothing his best friend Brit can do to surprise him. But Brit’s request is a surprise he doesn’t see coming—and one he’s definitely not prepared for. Hunter and Brit have always been careful to keep things perfectly platonic, but the fake dates and faux flirting are starting to feel like the real deal. And soon Hunter realizes he has taught Brit too well. Not only has she become an expert at seduction, the man becoming thoroughly seduced is him.


Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 200 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Loveswept
Series: Oxford #5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 
Kristine's Thoughts:
 
I Think I Love You is the 5th book in the Oxford series but can be read as a stand alone. Each book is about a different set of characters with the common factor being the Oxford offices and group of friends. I have read all of the previous books and could not wait to get back to the characters and shenanigans at Oxford. Even though it can be read as a stand alone I highly recommend reading the entire series. That way you are familiar with all of the beloved secondary characters who all add a little something to the story. Also, the series is fun and sexy and an absolute joy to read.
 
It's no secret that Lauren Layne is one of my leading guilty pleasure authors along with her Oxford series so it came as no surprise to me that I adored Brit and Hunter. I am a big fan of a good friends to lovers story and this one delivered. I was in their corner the entire time. A long term friendship and work relationship made the taboo relationship all the more exciting and sexy. I've said it a million times before that the anticipation is even sexier than the between the sheets action and I Think I Love You was filled with both. Both characters were wonderful to get to know and even though I found there to be a little less of the signature banter that Lauren Layne is spectacular at writing, reading will be sure to fall in love with them.
 
The story was a little bit predictable but that is to be expected once you hit the 5th book in a series. Having said that, it did nothing to lesson my enjoyment of the book. I was happy to get back into the Oxford offices and get a front row seat to yet another blooming relationship. It was a little bittersweet when I turned the last page knowing that there will be no more Oxford and no more office relationships. Over the course of the five books I feel like I got to know the characters and I will miss reading about their adventures in love and relationships.
 
If you are a fan of contemporary romances that are fun and sexy I would highly recommend I Think I Love You and the entire Oxford series. You won't be disappointed. Do yourself a favour and read the entire series from beginning to end. You'll love the stories and characters as much as I did.
 
 
 
 
 
About the Author
 
Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband.
A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career. She signed with her agent in 2012, and her first book was published in summer of 2013. Since then, she's written over two dozen books, hitting the USA TODAYNew York Times, iBooks, and Amazon bestseller lists.
 
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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Review: Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate


Two families, generations apart, are forever changed by a heartbreaking injustice in this poignant novel, inspired by a true story, for readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale.

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize that the truth is much darker. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together—in a world of danger and uncertainty.

Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions—and compels her to take a journey through her family's long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or redemption.

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Ballantine Books

Terri's Thoughts

I selected this book in audio form based on the high ranking this story received on Goodreads under the historical fiction genre on Goodreads.  Boy was I glad I did!

In full disclosure, I read this book quite some time ago and I am only getting around to writing the review now.  As a result I fear this will be short and perhaps not give it the justice it deserves.  Fortunately there are a lot of reviews already available on Goodreads for those wanting to learn a bit more.

I was horrified to discover that this was loosely based on a true story.  I had no idea that this was something that occurred and I knew nothing about Georgia Tan and her real life crimes.  Upon completion of this book, I found myself researching the actual events that occurred wanting to know what happened.  I can't believe something like this actually happened where children were ripped from their homes to be put up for adoption to wealthy families. Definitely not a shining moment in history.

When a story leads me to do additional research upon completion I know it is a good one.  This one stayed with me for quite some time after the last word was read.  For those who  have chosen to read this as an audio book, there is quite a bit of additional information about these events and although sometimes I am guilty of not reading/listening to this part, I paid attention to every single word.

Wingate is an unfamiliar author to me but based on this story, I plan to seek out other work by her as I was captivated from the very beginning.



About the Author


Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, an inspirational speaker, and the bestselling author of more than twenty novels. Her work has won or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, the Utah Library Award, the Carol Award, the Christy Award, and the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her work was honored by the Americans for More Civility for promoting greater kindness and civility in American life. Lisa and her family live among the tall pines in the Ouichita Mountains.



Monday, 9 July 2018

Review: Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley


Some houses seem to want to hold their secrets.

It’s 1759 and the world is at war, pulling the North American colonies of Britain and France into the conflict. The times are complicated, as are the loyalties of many New York merchants who have secretly been trading with the French for years, defying Britain’s colonial laws in a game growing ever more treacherous.

When captured French officers are brought to Long Island to be billeted in private homes on their parole of honour, it upends the lives of the Wilde family—deeply involved in the treasonous trade and already divided by war.

Lydia Wilde, struggling to keep the peace in her fracturing family following her mother’s death, has little time or kindness to spare for her unwanted guests. French-Canadian lieutenant Jean-Philippe de Sabran has little desire to be there. But by the war’s end they’ll both learn love, honour, and duty can form tangled bonds that are not broken easily.

Their doomed romance becomes a local legend, told and re-told through the years until the present day, when conflict of a different kind brings Charley Van Hoek to Long Island to be the new curator of the Wilde House Museum.

Charley doesn’t believe in ghosts. But as she starts to delve into the history of Lydia and her French officer, it becomes clear that the Wilde House holds more than just secrets, and Charley discovers the legend might not have been telling the whole story...or the whole truth.


Paperback, 414 pages

Published April 24th 2018 by Simon & Schuster Canada

Terri's Thoughts

Due to some personal matters that required my attention, the time between reading this story and getting around to writing this review has been significant.  As a results I feel I may be doing a disservice to the story and Kearsley since I couldn't write it while it was fresh in my head.  If I have done so, I apologize.

Susanna Kearsley is one of my go to authors when I want a read that I know I will enjoy.  The way she weaves the past and present to tell a story that is both interesting and educational is something I look forward to each time I pick up one of her books.  

In most historical fiction stories that feature both present day and historical plots, I tend to favor the story set in the past.  Not this time.  I was equally invested in both Charley's story and Lydia's which made flipping the pages pretty easy for me.  Both characters were dealing with grief and finding a way in their new reality and both stories depicted strong woman who were easy to like.  Both also featured a love story that was sweet and believable.  I love how innocent Lydia's was.

I will refrain from divulging any plot details but if you are already a fan of Susanna Kearsley than do not hesitate to pick this story up, you will not be disappointed.  If you are not familiar with her work and are a fan of historical fictions, read this and then go back and read her other novels!  It is fantastic that I have found such a great (and local) author to support



About the Author


New York Times, USA Today, and Globe and Mail bestselling author Susanna Kearsley is a former museum curator who loves restoring the lost voices of real people to the page, interweaving romance and historical intrigue with modern adventure.

Her books, published in translation in more than 20 countries, have won the Catherine Cookson Fiction Prize, RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, a RITA Award, and National Readers’ Choice Awards, and have finaled for the UK’s Romantic Novel of the Year and the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel.

She lives near Toronto, Ontario, Canada.