Sunday, November 20, 2011

Krystal's Review: Garden of Secrets by Barbara Freethy

Garden of Secrets (Angel's Bay)Garden of Secrets by Barbara Freethy
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Pocket Star (first published September 20th 2011)
ISBN 1451636512
Courtesy of Publisher
Dr. Charlotte Adams is torn between two men. Rev. Andrew Schilling is her past, a high-school romance that went drastically wrong. But he's back in town now and part of her present — along with newly-divorced Police Chief Joe Silviera, whom she's been powerfully attracted to for months. The question is, which man is her future — and Charlotte has to face and accept her past before she can build a life with Joe.

Krystal’s Thoughts:

It can’t be easy to choose between two men, but that is the decision that the main character, Charlotte, has to make.  Charlotte came back to Angel Bay for what she believed to be a short time; however, she may have to live there for quite a while.  During this lapse of time, she attracts two men.  One is newly divorced while the other is an important part of her past. 
Charlotte is still settling in when she decides to go to a New Year’s Eve party.  The party does not go as planned, the hostess is almost murdered.  Charlotte is found with the hostess.  Normally, this is not a good thing…but it does not mean Charlotte is the murderer.  However, the hostess’s romantic connection to one of the men vying for Charlotte’s heart makes Charlotte more of a suspect.  Charlotte has to think fast to get herself out of a rather sticky situation. 

The tension between Charlotte and the two love interests is palpable.  I rooted for Charlotte to choose a certain man, but other readers may choose for themselves.  The author is very ambiguous as to who she believes Charlotte should be with, I was left with the impression that Charlotte as a character truly controlled herself.  Charlotte is a great character.  It is easy to connect with her from the very beginning.  The love interests are intriguing; the reader will have to develop his/her own opinion on them.  The events were fast-paced and the book was hard to put down.  This book is recommended to adult readers.

Krystal's Rating: 4 Wine Glasses

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