Do everything you need to do to read this book uninterrupted. Why? Because once you start reading this book you won’t want to stop for anything. Dorothy Love has written a book that has it all: historical setting, romance, drama and mystery. This story will pull you in and hold you captive until you have read the last word.
Celia Browning’s life is near perfect. She has everything to be desired: loving father, comfortable house, money, social status, and is almost engaged to the love of her life, Sutton Mackay. His homecoming and proposal are the only things that would make life perfect. That is until Leo Channing, news reporter, starts showing up and asking questions about the family’s past. In Savannah, social status is everything and Leo’s questions could destroy Celia and her family’s happiness. Soon Celia starts receiving veiled messages and gifts. One of which is a bracelet that holds a message. A message that puts her on edge and ever more curious to find out what happened when she was just a child.
I completely enjoyed this book. Celia was likable from page one. As were most of the other characters in the book. I wasn’t quite sure about Ivy, the cousin who was raised alongside Celia. I wanted to like her but just didn’t trust her. Dorothy Love did a fantastic job with this character. She made her vulnerable and somewhat likable yet at the same time I didn’t quite trust her.
I loved the descriptions in the book. I felt like I had actually been transported to pre-Civil War Savannah. This was the perfect setting for this story. The history of the town added to the story and made the characters come to life.
I was completely fascinated by the bracelet and it’s story. I was intrigued by the message in the jewels storyline. I think it would be so neat to have received a piece of jewelry with a hidden message (maybe not quite like Celia’s though).
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a good, clean read with romance and a touch of mystery. I can’t wait to read the next book with Celia in it that will be out later this year.