Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Review: A Stranger's Secret by:Laurie Alice Eakes

A Stranger's Secret (Cliff's of Cornwall, #2)
About the Book:
As a grieving widow, Morwenna only wants to make a life for herself and her young son at her murdered husband s estate. Until an unconscious man washes up on her shore, entangling her in a web of mysteries that threatens everything she holds dear.

Still grieving the loss of her husband, Morwenna Penvenan fills her days preserving her son s heritage: the dilapidated estate his father left them. But all attempts at restoration are thwarted when she is accused of deliberately causing ships to crash on her shore in order to steal their cargo. While seeking clues to the true culprits, she finds an unconscious man wearing a medallion with the Penvenan crest enameled upon it.

Upon learning of his father s death, David pursues answers to the many questions left in his father s wake: Why was his father in Cornwall when he said he would be in Scotland? Why did he die in possession of a medallion belonging to a prominent Cornwall family? Why did his father take money from the family s ship-building business? And why did someone kill him? Only after waking up at the Penvenan estate under Morwenna s care do the pieces start falling together.

As David recovers in Morwenna s house, they grow to care about one another, while knowing each have reasons to distrust the other. The closer they work together, the more they learn how their lives and mysteries are entwined. As the past continues to intrude on their lives, they must learn to ask the Lord and others for help or risk losing each other and maybe even losing their lives."

My Review:
Lady Morwenna Trelawny Penevan married a heir to a barony, when she was a young woman. When he was foolishly killed a while later, she was left with a son, the heir to the Penevan title. Now all she wishes is to raise her son, quietly and happily with out people standing in her way, trying force their thoughts on both her and her son.  What makes it worse is all the security has felt in a tiny cottage in the woods is fall down around her, bit by bit. To make things worse, ships are continuously crashing on rocks, on the beach before her home. And again she is blamed for the crash. Once more she ventures to the shore line to see if anyone survived the dreadful accident. And there she finds a man cold, wet and unconscious, but yet he still breathes.

David Chastain learned of his father’s death and headed to the spot to fetch his body. When he arrives he finds a letter and a medallion around his neck. The medallion having the Trelawny Crest, is unlike anything he has seen before. Soon he is on a ship headed back home, but that too comes to an abrupt end. He awakens in severe pain, with a dark haired angel, tending to his wounds. It all seems fine until he discovers the medallion that once was around his neck has come up missing. Accusing the pretty woman of this misfortune only makes her upset and she begins questioning him herself about how he came to receive her families medallion.

Morwenna and David both find that their questions both come up unanswered. As she nurses him back to health, all while reputation continues to go down hill. But when someone wishes for David’s life, Morwenna and David must team up to find out who is after him and why. All while, they try keep their growing feelings to themselves.

I just adore Laurie Alice Eakes’ books, she has this amazing way to incorporate a mystery into a beautiful love story. Once I start reading I just can’t put it down! This book is book 2 in the Cliffs of Cornwall series. And I’m looking forward to the authors new book that is coming out in December!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Book Look.