This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
Summary: For both Zane and Darby, their small town roots hold a terrible secret. Now, decades later, they’ve come together to build a new life. But will the past set them free or pull them under?
Zane Bigelow grew up in a beautiful, perfectly kept house in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Strangers―and even Zane’s own aunt across the lake―see his parents as a successful surgeon and his stylish wife, making appearances at their children’s ballet recitals and baseball games. Only Zane and his sister know the truth, until one brutal night finally reveals cracks in the facade, and Zane escapes for college without a thought of looking back…
Years later, Zane returns to his hometown determined to reconnect with the place and people that mean so much to him, despite the painful memories. As he resumes life in the colorful town, he meets a gifted landscape artist named Darby, who is on the run from ghosts of her own.
Together they will have to teach each other what it means to face the past, and stand up for the ones they love.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
Ok, hold on because I have a confession: THIS IS MY FIRST NORA ROBERTS BOOK.
Now that you have picked yourself off the floor, I’ll get into my thoughts 🙂
What I liked:
The cover. Dreamy. Kinda romantic looking- but with a hint of potential intrigue.
Emily. I loved how she supported Zane and Britt. ❤ As an aunt, I can identify with how much Emily loved Zane and Britt and wanted to make sure they were in the best environment. I could understand her horror as she begins to understand what the kids went through- but I admired her strength- she knew that she had to be strong.
That Nora delivered some nice cups of karma for certain characters. It was needed and pretty much perfect.
Bottom line: I saw some Goodreads reviews referring to this as a romantic suspense- but this felt more like a family drama/saga type book. I enjoyed how this family supported and loved each other. Also, how Zane and Britt took their childhood troubles and “paid it forward” to help others. I look forward to reading another Nora Roberts book!
*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*
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T @ Traveling With T