I enjoyed reading this entertaining and informative novel. The setting is New Orleans and Caroll has included much about the flavor of the city into the plot. I liked reading about some of the celebrations, food, and customs of the area. There was a bit about voodoo too. That was a bit disconcerting but I know it is a reality in that community. I do enjoy a murder mystery and this is a good one.
I had mixed feelings about the main characters. I think that was by design. I love Addy and her father. Addy has done so well with all she had gone through. She really tugged at my heart. And I liked Beau too. Both of them had deep hurts in their past that needed to be faced. I liked that it was not a given that both would exhibit unconditional love. Dimitri made me a little nervous and I look forward to seeing how his character is shown in the sequel. (Yes! A sequel is already planned.)
I do recommend this novel to readers who enjoy a novel that has a well developed plot in a setting that is very interesting. You'll read about how secrets from the past can have life changing effects in the present. You'll also read about the healing that comes from forgiveness.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Robin Caroll is the best-selling author of more than twenty-seven novels. She writes southern stories of mystery and suspense with a hint of romance. Her books have received the Carol Award, HOLT Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, RT Reviewer's Choice Award, and more. She and her husband have three daughters and two grandsons. You can find out more at www.robincaroll.com.
Gilead Publishing, 272 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.