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Published by The Audio Flow
Released on May 27, 2020
Source: Book Tour Provided
A woman learns just how little she knows about her father and his past when his suicide puts her on a painful journey of discovery with a man who both repulses and attracts her. A new to me author and narrator of a standalone romantic suspense were the perfect excuse to give this story a whirl.
Kate Earnshaw finds her father’s suicide impossible to accept. He wasn’t suicidal and his depression was under control. When she goes searching for answers she discovers there is a whole side of her father she knew nothing about. There’s a decrepit old family ranch, there are enigmatic letters with his sister, and there is an attractive, kind man who knows a great deal. Too bad, she doesn’t want to trust him and burns with bitter anger that he knows her father better than she did.
Evan is stunned when he finally meets John’s daughter, Kate, to learn his old friend has passed. He is immediately attracted to her and wants to help, but her sharp grief and anger with him as the target makes it difficult to patiently help her find the answers and peace she is searching for. If he can help her delve into John’s past of secrets, maybe it will help him stand a chance with her.
A death that may or may not have been suicide, old family secrets, and a setting of Colorado ranch country had me eagerly clicking on Legacy of Secrets. I do love this sort of mystery that was more character than plot driven. The hunt for answers and John’s past is at the heart of the story, but the romance and Kate’s healing growth are also significant parts too. It wasn’t difficult to work out the mystery, but a matter of waiting for enough facts to surface so I could. Even though I had it worked out earlier that did not diminish my interest in the story one iota. There was so much else going on.
Truthfully, I nearly set this one aside early on. Kate was a bitter, angry woman who let her grief spill out into belittling a community and way of life because it wasn’t her own and really savaging at an innocent guy with her vitriol because she was jealous that he knew a different side of her dad and shared moments with her dad that didn’t include her. It was quite clear that neither knew more than John Earnshaw chose to share with them, but he wasn’t there so she took it all out on poor Evan even while she used him whenever she needed help or an emotional prop before pulling away and lashing out at him. I don’t blame her for the ugly feelings- I’ve known what a suicide can do to those left behind without answers- but, I needed to see her restore what she broke before I could consider this book even remotely satisfying. And, bless this author, she did. Kate’s journey ended on a high note for me and she made good.
For Evan’s part it was love at first sight and he was an easy-going, content man who took up the challenge of Kate and her family secrets as his own. His steadfastness balanced things when Kate was really struggling. He wanted to give her what she needed, but he didn’t become her doormat, either. I enjoyed getting to know him within his family and community circle beyond just as a love interest for Kate.
Amy Deuchler was well up to the task of portraying an emotional, hurting woman and several other characters of other ages and genders. She didn’t over act the parts and made a well-written story shine brighter.
All in all, this was a splendid first outing with both author and narrator. It was an emotional story without getting overwrought and I appreciated the suspense and romance that balanced well in an engaging mystery plot, characters, and spicy romance. I can recommend this one to romantic suspense lovers.
My thanks to Caffeinated PR services for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.
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