Thursday, August 13, 2015

A Stranger's Secret

GIVEAWAY

EAKES, LAURIE ALICE
A STRANGER'S SECRET

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.


My Review:

Regency meets Gothic along the rugged cliffs of Cornwall. Those three things alone sent me into rapid reader rapture. Add in the fact that the author is Laurie Alice Eakes and I was in such a dizzy delirium it's a wonder I could read a word. But I managed -- read every last delicious one while alternately swooning and fuming along the way.

This is the second book in the Cliffs of Cornwall series. I think it reads well as a standalone, but you'll 'get' Morwenna (and the complicated Trelawny clan) better if you've read A Lady of Honor.

I love the intensity of Eakes stories. The way she builds suspense. And painstakingly dishes out tidbits of juicy clues. Keeps me riveted every time. And the romance -- impossible and adversarial one minute, sweet and tender the next. Then there's the fainting couch worthy kisses. Oh my! Exquisite read from beginning to end.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of A Stranger's Secret please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 16 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

46 comments:

  1. I love Laurie Alice Eakes and I´m game for any of her books! Plus "Regency meets Gothic along the rugged cliffs of Cornwall" is the best recommendation!

    Coun me in, please.

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I know --- how can you go wrong with the cliffs in Cornwall? LOL Good luck, Janka.

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  2. I am so looking forward to this one. Laurie is one of my "go-to" authors. Thanks for the review and giveaway!
    momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. Yes! She's definitely a go-to author for me as well. Good luck, Loraine.

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  3. Laurie is on my TBR list. I'd love to win. The cover is lovely!

    kathrynlvoss(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. The cover is beautiful and the setting of the cliffs of Cornwall sound equally pretty.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. I agree and there's just something about the Cornwall seaside...blissful sigh. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  5. Yes, a wonderful author! I love your review - it definitely makes me want to read it now. :)
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  6. Another author to add to my to read file. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom.

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    1. Kim, Book 1 was great ~ A Lady's Honor. Very visual writing, even to the laps of the water. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

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    2. An never ending list, right, KIm? Good luck.

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    3. I agree, Kathleen -- very vivid descriptions in Eakes books make you feel like you're right there.

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  7. I love books and I love Laurie Alice Eakes' books. I am very interested in reading this novel. I hope I win this one. Good luck everyone!! princessdebbie1_2000atyahoodotcom.

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  8. The fainting couch kisses sold me. Please enter me.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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    1. They are always a welcome feature in a romance, I think. Good luck, Boos Mum.

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  9. Your review intrigues me! Please enter me, Kav :)
    pocoauthorATgmailDOTcom

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    1. Glad to intrigue, Nicole. Good luck.

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  10. I loved Elizabeth in A Lady's Honor and would like to follow Morwenna's story since! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse{at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. You'll be thrilled with this one, Kathleen. Good luck.

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  11. I haven't read any of Laurie Alice Eakes books before, but I'd like to read this one! Your review totally drew me in. The book cover is lovely...it reminds me of a Monet painting. Thanks for the chance to win this book!

    nj[dot]bossman[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Oh, agboss, you're in for a treat and have so many lovely books to catch up on. Good luck.

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  12. I haven't read any books by Laurie Alice Eakes but it sounds like I'm really missing out. I think I'd really like A Stranger's Secret.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Oh you need to get started, Pam. Good luck.

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  13. thanks for the chance to read this novel, kav

    karenk
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  14. New-to-me author, regency meets gothic, and a bit of mystery & suspense? Oh yea, throw my name in the hat! Thank you, Kav :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. You're thrown, Trixi. Good luck.

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  15. A Stranger's Secret sounds wonderful, I love castaway type stories!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. Nothing like a rumpled hero being cast onto your shores, right? Good luck, Merry.

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  16. Oh my, sounds exquisite!! You had me after the first paragraph but then I reminded myself to read the rest of your review... So glad I did, gosh Kav... you need to writing books!! ;) Checked and I have the first on my Kindle too... Need to move it on up, these sound like a must-read!!

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    1. Oh yes, A Lady of Honor is fantastic and then you'll be already for this one. Good luck, Noela.

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  17. I haven't read any of Eakes' books. I am glad I read your review, though. I tend to turn my mind off when I read "gothic" and move onto something else. I think my aversion to "gothic" stems from old black and white gothic movies. Your review was so glowing, that I really want to try this one. I think I will check out the first one in the series from the library. I definitely love this time period.

    tlhcoupon (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. Oh -- yes -- we will turn you to the gothic side, trosado, one book at a time. LOL Good luck.

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    2. Bwahahaha!! My favorite book of all time is Pride and Prejudice. I know, I know - Cliche'. So I like regency historicals, at least.

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  18. Sounds really good! I went and added the first in the series to my Amazon wish list=)

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  19. Sounds good, needs to be in my TBR list :)
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  20. Love Laurie's stories. I'll be watching for Lady of Honor. But yes count me in on this one. rrwalter34ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. You're counted, Becky. Good luck.

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  21. Beautiful review, Kav - thanks!! An awesome story line. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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