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Maggie had her entire life planned out since the age of twelve, looks like the joke was on her. As all of her carefully laid plans begin to fall apart she jumps at the opportunity to get away and spend a carefree summer down south.
When she arrives at Devereux Manor it all seems too good to be true. The home is beautiful, the town is inviting, and the sexy gardener promises to make this a summer she won’t soon forget.
However the more she learns about the elusive Ms. Devereaux she begins to realize that the carefully placed ad in front of her dorm room may not have been the happy coincidence that it once seemed. Maggie isn’t the only one who Ms. Devereaux has lured to the plantation, and Ms. Devereaux isn’t the only one with secrets to hide.
Kindle Edition, 170 pages
Published April 3rd 2014 by Amazon Digital Services
I received a copy of this book directly from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank You!
Let me start off by saying that this is not the first book by Smith that I have read so I was extremely excited to dive into this book and see if I enjoyed it as much as the last one. The synopsis captured my attention and I prepared myself to get lost in the pages.
It is like you are getting a two for one deal with this book. You get the steamy romance along with a suspenseful mystery all wrapped into one easy to read and engaging story. This pleased me because I enjoy both genres and they molded together flawlessly.
The story begins when Maggie answers an ad to look after Deveraux Manor for the summer and gets the job. She travels from Boston to small town Georgia thinking that it is the answer to all her problems. She is running from her past. Little does she know that she is not the only one there and is pleasantly surprised when she meets the hunky groundskeeper Aaron. The early chapters deal mostly with the development of Maggie and Aaron's relationship. They both have scars and secrets from their past but they can't seem to resist the chemistry that they so obviously have. The pages heat up (a lot) as their relationship grows but is their past too much for them to overcome? This in itself would be enough to keep you glued to the pages but there is more...
Who is this mysterious Ms. Devereaux that they both work for but have never met? What secrets does she hold and was it a coincidence that Maggie found the ad outside her dorm? Are the rumours about her true? What is with the strange happenings in the house and who is in the black car that Maggie keeps seeing? Clues are discovered and some questions answered as the story progresses but not all of them. As much as I love a good love story I found myself drawn to this aspect of the story the most. I was dying to find out the secrets behind the Manor. Be warned...you will not get them all in this book. The book ends before everything is solved and there is a sequel. The next instalment in the Devereaux Manor Mystery series is called A Winter Wedding. I can't wait! It has a tentative release date of December 2014. I think I have an idea of how it will play out and what the mystery is but I won't know for sure until I get my hands on it.
Over all I really enjoyed this book as I did with the last one I read by Smith. I have definitely found a new author who's work I will be following.
You can find my review for Cedar Hollow also by Tracey Smith here.
About the Author
I grew up in Southern California, but as a teenager moved with my family to a small town in Arkansas. It was there that I met my husband, who had also recently moved to the state. Fate brought us both to that same small town and into each others lives and it is where we remain today raising our two children and living out our happily ever after. As you can tell I'm a hopeless romantic.
I began my writing career in 2009 with the publication of my first novel Love's Fate, which quickly grew into a romantic series. Since that first day that I sat down to write I haven't been able to stop. Writing is my passion and has become a necessary part of my life. Sometimes there are stories that just beg to be told.
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