Author: Ashley Hastings
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Rating: ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ 1/2
After the tragic death of his beautiful wife, Nathan Randolph is looking for companionship. Timid Darby Turner is twenty years his junior and inexperienced in love, confidence, and life.
This unlikely couple marries after a whirlwind courtship. Darby has fallen in love for sure, and Nathan encourages her to explore a dark sexuality with him. Moving to his majestic, Southern plantation home, Darby realizes she does not know her new husband at all. Soon Darby is competing with the memory of Nathan’s dead wife.
Can Darby win out against a memory, or will the past destroy her new love?
What I loved about this story is how it reminded me of Jane Eyre. There are mysterious elements and intrigue as Darby fights with the memory of Nathan’s first wife and trying to find her place in the new home. Despite her young age, I think she does incredibly well given the circumstances. She comes into her own and matures in a short space of time. Nathan is an interesting man. He is charming and passionate but can be cold and controlling. There is more to the man than meets the eye. In some places, I would have liked Darby to confront Nathan more and hash things out. That being said, it was still a real page turner with the passion and chemistry between Nathan and Darby as well as the mystery floating around Peacock Alley.
About the Author . . .
Ashley's favorite quote is "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door," by Milton Berle. She intends to build all the doors.
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