Review: Where Wild Cherries Grow by Laura Madeleine

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Paperback, 368 pages

Published June 15th 2017 by Black Swan                            ISBN13: 9781784160739

Where the Wild Cherries Grow: A Novel of the South of France

Published February 13th 2018 by Thomas Dunne Books        RATING:  4*

I wasn’t terribly keen on this book from the beginning, but as I stuck with it I became more and more pleased with the writing.   At first the split between the time 1919 and fifty years later to 1969 was a bit aggravating but as I became more immersed in the story I found I had trouble putting this book down.

It wasn’t until I was finished did this line make sense to me “I closed my eyes as I tried to pick apart every flavour, because nothing had ever tasted so good before. It was like tasting for the first time. Like discovering colour . . .”

Emeline Vane came from wealth, from Norfolk, England – she had lost her mother, her brothers and now it was only her, her young brother Timothy and her uncle.  She is haunted by memories of those she lost and suffers bouts of melancholy, so much so that her uncle is taking her to a convalescent home  to recover.   However, during their stop in France, Emeline, having been given drugs to keep her calm regained enough of her mindset that she decided to run away – recklessly boarding a train to run from her uncle and the nurse who was her jailer.

Her journey led her to a tiny seaside village in the South of France. A kindly cafe owner, Maman, takes her in and Emeline discovers a world completely new to her: of oranges, olives and wild herbs, the raw, rich tastes of the land and using your own hands to care for yourself.

Soon a love affair develops with Maman’s son as passionate as the flavours of the village. Fifty years later, a young solicitor on his first case finds Emeline’s diary, and begins to trace a story of betrayal, love and bittersweet secrets that will send him on a journey to discover the truth before greedy relatives steal her inheritance away.

I really liked this story.  The writing was superb and the descriptions of the food and flavors made my mouth water.  So very sweet with a surprise ending I didn’t expect.

Marilyn Rondeau

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Review: Edge of Darkness by Karen Rose

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Paperback, 608 pages                RATING – 5*

Published February 8th 2018 by Headline (first published November 2nd 2017)

SBN13: 9781472245854

Series: Romantic Suspense #20, Cincinnati #4

As the fourth and final book in Karen Rose’s nail-biting Cincinnati Series I cannot help but be sad – very sad!  Reading Karen Rose is such a pleasure and I know that while the Cincinnati Series is ending – Ms. Rose will be back with another series that will be equally good – or better!  

Homicide detective Adam Kimble is no stranger to battling demons working for a good year on battling his PTSD.   Meredith Fallon is a different kind of weakness: one that could actually be good for him, if only he would let himself depend on her. Meredith has loved Adam for a year, and seeing how hard he’s worked to deal with his PTSD makes her feelings only stronger, but she respects his need to work it out for himself.  Meredith keeps busy anyway: counseling sexually abused women to help them reintegrate into the world.  Yet someone doesn’t want Meredith helping woman and is ready to kill to make her stop!

***  As usual, Mr. Rose doesn’t pull any punches and slaps right into the middle of some of the worse type of killers around.  Killers who love to terrorize and bring the most pain to their victims.  In EDGE OF DARKNESS there are several folks who are killers and one boss who also delights in killing as well.

Meredith has escaped violence several times by people not wanting her to discover how much of an animal they are in how they treat their children, spouses and females of all persuasions.  But when Meredith takes one of her patients out to celebrate and is almost killed  the question becomes who were they trying to kill?  Was it Meredith or her companion.  In the meantime, Adam, assigned to Meredith’s case is fighting his own demons and trying to not break an oath he made to himself a year ago before he approaches  Meredith as a ‘new’ man.

This definitely a full body novel with a plethora of secondary characters all central and playing big parts in the tall of murder, violence, kidnapping, betrayal and greed.  In fact, it will take most of the book before you even get an inkling of who the real bad guy is!    Fast read – thrilling, exciting and simply one of the best!

Marilyn Rondeau

Review: Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna

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Kindle Edition, 322 pages

Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Doubleday

ASIN    B071HCW3V8

When there are no leads on missing persons, the first person you should call is Alice Vega, a PI who seems to do the impossible.  Like a dog with a bone, Vega is tenacious in digging for the seemingly smallest clue and finding missing children.

After two young sisters had disappeared from a strip mall parking lot in a small town, the devastated mother fearing that the police were doing nothing, hires an enigmatic bounty hunter.  The police in this small town are stretched to the limit fighting a drug epidemic so they aren’t about to give Vega any leads (not that they had any).  Needing some tie-in with the police, Vega hires a disgraced ex-cop, Max Caplan who only wants to put the scandal of his past behind him. But Vega needs the help and bulldogs him into helping her.

***  Wow, with very little to go on and practically no clues whatsoever, Vega proves she is the best!  She was like a bloodhound to untangle what few clues she had to go on. One thing for sure is that she was a very private individual and as she and Max followed all the threads that sprung up now and then I was hoping that these two lonely souls would get something personal going on.  One thing for sure they did form a wonderful working relationship!

The story was brisk and it was a fast read, with lots of twists and turns which made the finale a real edge-of -the-seat- thrill ride.   Whether we see Max show up in future Vega books is something I hope the author considers.  I really like Vega even though you never get to ‘know’ her.  Determined and someone you want in your corner if the need ever arose!     Great story!

Marilyn Rondeau

Eternal Mourning

AUTHOR: Carrie Ann Ryan

Walker Brentwood is a healer for his pack but there is nothing he can do about the changes in the mating bonds. Shifters have always “known” their mate by scent or sight but that has changed. They struggle now just as the humans search for love and sometimes get it right.

Aimee Reagan knows shifters and magic are real, but she isn’t sure about herself. She knows something is wrong but not what and when someone other than a Talon Pack member sets his sights on her, her battle to survive begins in earnest.

Walker and Aimee are what I have been waiting for in this fascinating series. Their story is truly magical and one that stays with you long after “the end “appears. I love this series with it’s twists and turns as the packs deal with daily life and with things beyond their control. There is a number of moments that will have you smiling, laughing and just might bring you to tears.

We also get a better look at the enemy pack and their Alpha, Blade. I am so hoping he gets his soon.

If you want a heart touching, scorching with steamy moments, family and friends that have the couples back then get your hands on ETERNAL MOURNING.