and hidden within the mountainous forests, there are more secrets
buried in Dark Hollow Lake than anyone has ever cared to uncover.
Story Rating: ****
Cover Rating: A
This story was filled with twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. Without giving away any spoilers, I will say that the way I thought things would be resolved changed a hundred times. I can usually figure out “who dun it” by halfway through a story, but that wasn’t the case with Legacy of Secrets. I did figure it out, eventually, but only about five pages before Starbuck has the big reveal.
As for the romance portion of this story… I found it enjoyable. It isn’t at all what I was expecting. What I was EXPECTING was your typical “big strong hero saves poor helpless heroine.” What I was HOPING for was “strong, capable heroine saves herself and gets the guy.” This book delivered neither.
Instead, it delivered an emotional depth I rarely find in romance books, but which I absolutely love. The hero/heroine split was about even, and I liked that even better. It was one saving the other, but the two of them saving each other. Absolutely beautiful.
Now, any time I don’t give a give star review I like to mention the reason I deducted any stars whatsoever. My singular complaint with this story was that I found some of it a little repetitive. That may simply be my own personal taste and others might not find it bothersome at all. I will say the repetitiveness wasn’t so bad I put the book down (and yes, I’ve had that happen), and it didn’t ruin the story. But it was enough that I found it noticeable.
All in all, however, I really enjoyed this book and would be excited to read future books from Helen Starbuck.
The cover is eye-catching and offers an accurate depiction of readers should expect to find inside the story.
Book Title: Legacy of Secrets by Helen Starbuck
Category: Adult Fiction, 243 pages
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Routt Street Press
Release date: March 2020
Content Rating: R for two explicit sex scenes, bad language, mild violence.
Other families pass down their stories, Kate Earnshaw’s family’s
secrets disappear from one generation to the next. Kate Earnshaw’s
father’s suicide has left many unanswered questions. In handling his
estate she wonders if she ever really knew him. He never explained why
he let his childhood home in Eastern Colorado fall into ruin or why he’d
kept the property a secret. And he never told Kate about his close
friendship with Evan Hastings, the handsome and somewhat puzzling man
who lives on the property near the abandoned house. Evan seems to have
as many secrets as her father and knows more about him than Kate did.
But there’s something about Evan that calls her back to her father’s
home. Something that threatens to unearth more than the past. Legacy of
Secrets explores family secrets, a daughter’s grief and her search for
answers, and a chance for love.
award-winning author of the standalone romantic suspense novel Legacy of
Secrets, and the Annie Collins Mystery Series. She loves mysteries,
suspense, romance, and any book that is well written. She’s a huge fan
of books with independent, strong, women characters and, as Neil Gaiman
says, “…stories where women save themselves.”
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