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May 17, 2015

A STRANGER'S SECRET by Laurie Alice Eakes



Cliffs of Cornwall
Book Two
Laurie Alice Eakes

 Product Details
 (from Amazon)
As a grieving young widow, Morwenna only wants a quiet life for herself and her son. Until a man washes ashore, entangling her in a web of mystery that could threaten all she holds dear.

Lady Morwenna Trelawny Penvenan indulged in her fair share of dalliances in her youth, but now that she's the widowed mother to the heir of the Penvenan title, she's desperate to polish her reputation. When she's accused of deliberately luring ships to crash on the rocks to steal the cargo, Morwenna begins an investigation to uncover the real culprits and stumbles across an unconscious man lying in the sea's foam—a man wearing a medallion with the Trelawny crest around his neck.

The medallion is a mystery to David Chastain, a boat builder from Somerset. All David knows is that his father was found dead in Cornwall with the medallion in his possession after lying and stealing his family's money. And he knows the widow who rescued him is impossibly beautiful—and likely the siren who caused the shipwreck in the first place—as well as the hand behind whoever is trying to murder David.

As Morwenna nurses David back to health and tries to learn how he landed on her beach, suspicion and pride keep their growing attraction at bay. But can they join together to save Morwenna's name and estate and David’s life? Can they acknowledge the love they are both trying to deny?

 A widow's manor being a convalescing place for an unknown man?   Very improper!  But what's a woman's curiosity to do?  Finding a near dead man, from a deliberate shipwreck and she found he was wearing the mysterious Trelawny medallion.  What would you do if you were that Lady?  Who is wrecking the ships with a false safe light signal?  And to add to all of that, a family discord, dwindling estate wealth and some romance interests and what do you have?  A very interesting multi plot story set in magical Regency Cornwall.  The author wrote characters that were strong as she uses events and their own personal reflections to try to get the reader to look far into the mind and soul of each. Even though their hearts want to be soul mates, they hold back secrets.   A romance that is on the inside, seeking to get out in the open.  This book requires a lot of slow reading and patience to get into the Regency pace of romance.   Even with all of that, the book gives you ship wreckers, smugglers, murders and attempts of murder.  So much to gather in that gray matter of the reader.   But , what a good book if given time and patience.

I was given a complimentary copy of A STRANGER"S SECRET from the author, Laurie Alice Eakes and Book Look Bloggers for my view of the book.

I would give this book 4 STARS.

About The Author
“Eakes has a charming way of making her novels come to life without being over the top,” writes Romantic Times of  bestselling, award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes. Since she lay in bed as a child telling herself stories, she has fulfilled her dream of becoming a published author, with a degree in English and French from Asbury University and a master’s degree in writing fiction from Seton Hill University contributing to her career path. Now she has nearly two dozen books in print.
After enough moves in the past five years to make U-Haul’s stock rise, she now lives in Houston, Texas, where she and her husband are newly minted church leaders. Although they haven’t been blessed with children—yet—they have sundry lovable dogs and cats. If the carpet is relatively free of animal fur, then she is either frustrated with the current manuscript, or brainstorming another—the only two times she genuinely enjoys housekeeping.


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