Thursday, May 15, 2014

Secrets Gone South by Alicia Hunter Pace

Title:  Secrets Gone South
Series:  Gone South #4
Author:  Alicia Hunter  Pace
Published: February 24th 2014 by Crimson Romance
Length:  272pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

No matter how many critics call him an artisan or how much money people are willing to pay for his handcrafted furniture, Will Garrett will always be the son of a drunk from Mill Town. Though he has admired Dr. Arabelle Avery ever since his teenage busboy days at the Merritt County Club, he has no aspirations where she is concerned. A boy from across the tracks doesn’t go calling on a state senator’s daughter. But he is stoic about all that. He has his work and the home he built with his own hands in the woods where he draws his strength and serenity. 

At one time, life was easy for Arabelle Avery. She was smart and pretty, with her sister-in-law and cousin as best friends. When her sister-in-law wrapped her car around a tree, Arabelle was devastated. The day her brother remarried was a hard day, and going to Will Garrett’s arms for the comfort was unexpected but easy. When she finds herself pregnant and hears, incorrectly, that Will is engaged, she flees to Switzerland to lick her wounds and have her baby. Desperate to do the best thing for her child, she allows her cousin to adopt him—a decision she immediately regrets.

When a twist of fate reunites Arabelle with her child, she moves home to Merritt, where she is determined to keep her secret and raise her child in peace. But once Will gets a look at his son and guesses the truth, Arabelle’s life spins out of control.

Can they find the path to what’s best for their son—and each other?

My Review:

What a story! Pace has nailed writing emotions into her stories. Not only do you know how the characters are feeling, but as a reader you feel it yourself. She definitely had me jumping for joy and bawling like a baby more than once. I was so enmeshed in this story that the outside world disappeared. Her descriptions paint both the natural world and the characters in a very revealing yet natural light. The storyline itself was also completely unique yet utterly realistic. I fell in love with the town, the people, and the novel.

It was very intriguing to watch the main characters work through troubles of their own making. You really learn a lot about them based on the way that they deal with things. It’s comical at times and heartbreaking at others. I really appreciate how understanding the male lead is. His views and beliefs are his own. He sticks by them but doesn’t ever try to force them on others.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable read that I couldn’t put down. And now for one of the most important questions. Can this be read as a standalone? You betcha! I did. It’s actually my introduction to the author. I wasn’t lost for a moment, but will definitely be looking into more of her work in the future.

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