Saturday, June 6, 2015

A Stranger's Secret by Laurie Alice Eakes

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

Lady Morwenna Trelanwny 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 Morweena nurses David back to healthy 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 live? Can they acknowledge the love they are both trying to deny? 

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As always, Laurie Alice Eakes has written a winner. Her books are so rich in detail that you can't read them super fast for fear of missing some important details. You have to be intentional and capture every word. She has filled this book with some mysterious characters. I love finding out what makes them tick. Morwenna is a strong but widowed young lady who is doing everything she can to make a life for her and her son despite her grandparents trying to force her to live her life their way. 

David seems drawn to her even from the beginning, thinking her an angel when he was in his sick bed those first days. He listens and gathers information to try to piece together what happened and how it all ties into the mystery he is trying to solve about his father's death. This is a great book. Make sure you check out book one in this series, A Lady's Honor

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"Eakes has a charming way of making her novels come to life without being over the top," writes Romantic Times of the 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 a 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.

Her Website: http://www.lauriealiceeakes.com

Some of her books:

New Jersey Historical-Heartsong Presents
The Glassblower
The Heiress
The Newcomer

Midwives
Lady in the Mist
Heart's Safe Passage
Choices of the Heart

Daughters of Bainbridge House
A Necessary Deception
A Reluctant Courtship
A Flight of Fancy

Cliffs of Cornwall
A Lady's Honor
A Stranger's Secret


In compliance with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission,  as part of every Web or Amazon review that I was provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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