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A Stranger's Secret by Laurie Alice Eakes | Book review by Loraine Nunley #bookreview

What is this book about?

Lady Morwenna Trelawny 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-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, after lying and stealing his family’s money, was found dead in Cornwall with the medallion in his possession. And he knows the widow who rescued him from the water 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 Morwenna nurses David back to health 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, as well as David’s life? Can they acknowledge the love they are both trying to deny?

My review:

Right from the start there was mystery surrounding the heroine, Lady Morwenna. She struggled with an overload of pride and a distinct lack of self-worth. Deep down, she was kind and loyal, but her past required her to wear a thick armor to protect herself and her son. I rooted for her to find love and to find her value as a person.

Enter David, who was interesting even in the midst of being unconscious when the reader (and Morwenna) met him. His love of family and career were evident throughout the story. This was not only admirable to me, but served to heighten the romance between him and Morwenna.

The inspirational thread in this story was very subtle. I enjoy a deep spiritual story, but in this instance, the subtlety worked very well.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

The inspirational thread was very subtle working well with Morwenna’s character.

What I didn’t like about this book:

That the grandparents didn’t have more character growth after the first book.

Would I recommend this book to others? Yes. The inspirational thread was subtle and worked well with the characters. Plus the romance was natural. This is the second book in the series and it can be read as a standalone.

Note: I received this book complimentary from a giveaway. I was not required to give a review. All of the opinions I have expressed here are honest and my own.

Where can I learn more about this author and their books?

Laurie Alice Eakes, Amazon page

-Loraine Nunley

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