This was another stunning book from Ryan. I've been a fan of her work since I read Prime Time, and was so eager to read this latest, a stand-alone psyThis was another stunning book from Ryan. I've been a fan of her work since I read Prime Time, and was so eager to read this latest, a stand-alone psychological thriller. The central character, Mercer, is a journalist, and she is in an emotional turmoil after the deaths of her husband and daughter in a tragic car accident when her editor talks her into writing a book. It will be about the trial of a young mother who is accused of killing her daughter, and Mercer is convinced the woman, Ashlyn, is guilty.
But the focus of Mercer's story changes as the trial progresses, posing the question as to what and who is trustworthy. Can Mercer even trust herself? And who can we, the reader, trust? Ashylyn is not a trustworthy, or particularly likable character, and Mercer is so wounded, can the reader trust her?
Even though I didn't always like the main characters, I really enjoyed the story, and by the surprising end, I understood it all. I highly recommend the book. ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this historical novel. The story was engaging, as were the characters, and I learned some things about post-Civil War Texas histoI thoroughly enjoyed this historical novel. The story was engaging, as were the characters, and I learned some things about post-Civil War Texas history that I didn't know. It's great when learning can happen in such an enjoyable environment as fiction....more
It is easy to see why this book is a classic. Some of the writing is so descriptive it sets a wonderful scene and establishes complex characters and pIt is easy to see why this book is a classic. Some of the writing is so descriptive it sets a wonderful scene and establishes complex characters and plot points. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because I couldn't always like the central female characters, either Rebecca or the nameless narrator of the story. ...more
I've been a fan of Kristy's writing since I read Dear Carolina and reviewed it on my blog. She has a way of capturing the Southern way of living thatI've been a fan of Kristy's writing since I read Dear Carolina and reviewed it on my blog. She has a way of capturing the Southern way of living that makes it so real to the reader, and I always feel like I've taken a trip to the Carolina's when I finish one of the books. When I found out the third book in the Peachtree Bluff series was coming, I was eager to get an ARC so I could read it before it was released.
One of the things I really enjoyed was the fact that all of the main players in previous books in this series had a role in the story, including Granny who makes an appearance in remembrances by Emerson and Ansley. There is one moment in a flashback to shortly before Granny died that is told from Emerson's point of view that made me smile. She is having a serious discussion with Granny about doing things that could be seen as wrong, and Granny says, "Honey we better hope that God has loopholes otherwise we're all screwed."
Not only is that perfectly Granny, it is such a wise sentiment.
The main plot of the story revolves around Emerson and questions about her future. Will she marry Mark, her childhood sweetheart? And what is going on with her health? Then there's the complication of how she feels about Jack, Ansley's "love of her life."
Since I have difficulty reading, due to current health issues and one very angry eye, I don't often finish a book now unless I'm absolutely loving it, and I almost stopped reading about half-way through. Not because I wasn't enjoying most of the story, but because I found that some of the situations the women were facing were not as serious as those in previous stories.
However, I've always enjoyed the author's writing so much, and I've been invested in these characters since the series first started, so I did read on to the end.
I'm so glad I did.
The ending is a poignant Hallmark moment and makes the book worthwhile. I encourage you to grab the book and read it to the end. It will make you smile and perhaps even get a tear in your eye....more