Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Where Secrets Sleep

GIVEAWAY

PERRY, MARTA
WHERE SECRETS SLEEP

In Amish country, not everything is as simple as it appears...

After suffering a terrible betrayal, Allison Standish flees Philadelphia for the small Amish village of Laurel Ridge. There, she comes into an unexpected inheritance—her late grandmother bequeathed her a mansion housing various shops. Allison intends to sell Blackburn House, until one of her tenants, single father Nick Whiting, challenges everything she believes about her estranged grandmother and the Amish community, and she decides to stay—temporarily.

Soon, strange stipulations in her grandmother's will bring to Allison's door distant relatives and seething townsfolk who think Blackburn House shouldn't belong to an outsider. As anonymous threats escalate, Nick is protective of Allison, and she finds herself falling for the handsome carpenter. But when she discovers her grandmother's death may not have been accidental, Allison must face the truth that someone wants her gone…permanently.


My Review:

A rich blend of mystery and suspense kept me guessing right to the end. There's almost a Gothic element to Blackburn House, with all it's strange secrets and intriguing occupants. I was on edge every time Allison ventured through the doors. Perry expertly builds tension and intrigue along with the sweet allure of romance. A host of compelling secondary characters provoked a multitude of emotional reactions in me -- from delight to exasperation to righteous indignation. And the romance between Nick and Allison is delicately woven into all the action and danger. In fact, that suspenseful backdrop heightens their love story, which kept me on edge right to the end as well.

A perfect romantic suspense -- even for readers who aren't fans of Amish fiction. That's because most of the story deals with the 'English' in town. Only two Amish play a significant role, Allison's friend, Sarah and her mother, Hannah. And while this isn't a Christian Fiction novel (it's published for the general market by HQN), there are still some inspiring conversations between Allison and her Amish friends that I found thought provoking.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  Where Secrets Sleep 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 January 3 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!


41 comments:

  1. I have yet read anything by Marta Perry. Sounds like I need to though.
    Thanks, Kav!
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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    1. She spins a great suspenseful tale. Good luck, Amy.

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  2. This sounds intriguing. LattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. It's a great suspense. Good luck, Susan.

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  3. Can't beat a good suspense, Kav. Thank you for the chance to be a winner.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. And this one is great. Good luck, Melanie.

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  4. Sounds like one I might like. Count me in, Kav! :)

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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    1. I definitely think you would, Cheryl. Good luck.

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  5. Oh she is soo good. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom

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    1. Yes -- another go-to author for me. Good luck, Kim.

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  6. I've been wanting to read this book for some time.
    Thanks for the chance!

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Samantha. Good luck.

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  7. I haven't read much by Marta Perry. Where Secrets Sleep sounds like the perfect book to change that. I love a good romantic suspense book.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Then you'll have her books. Good luck, Pam.

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  8. Marta Perry has been around awhile and has some great books out there. Looking forward to this new suspense! :)
    jennydtipton at gmail dot com

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    1. I know I have a ton of catching up to do...and looking forward to it for sure. Good luck, Jennifer.

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  9. I love Perry's Amish books, so I'm hoping this one is great also.
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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    1. She's awesome no matter what she writes, susanlulu. Good luck.

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  10. I'm surprised this isn't labeled as Christian, as Marta writes for Love Inspired! I have several of hers on my shelf. But in any case....you have mystery/suspense, romance & Amish all rolled in one here! I've read one other "Gothic" tale (Mist of Midnight by Sandra Byrd) & enjoyed every page. Also, I noticed over on Amazon she has another title "When Secrets Strike", and I'm guessing the featured book is the first one of a series? They both sound good to me :-) This would be a nice start.....

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Marta Perry also writes for HQN -- all Amish suspense, I believe. They are clean with subtle faith threads -- how can you not bring up faith when you are writing about the Amish?

      And yes, this one is the first book in the series. I have read the second one, When Secrets Strike and that review will be up next week. It is just as good -- but centered around the Amish this time.

      Good luck, Trixi.

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    2. Ahh, I didn't realize she also wrote for HQN! And I do like faith threads in any book I read, no matter how strong or subtle! As long as they exist :-) But you already knew that!

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  11. Marta Perry today and Shelley Shepard Gray yesterday - two of my favorite authors in a row! Thanks!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. I know -- I am on a bit of an Amish kick right now. Another one coming up on retro Saturday and then there might be one or two next week as well. Oops. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  12. This does sound like a nail biter.

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    1. It certainly is. Good luck, Karen.

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  13. Oooh, this one sounds intriguing! Thank you for the giveaway, Kav.

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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  14. Oh my, wow. This sounds like another must read by Marta Perry.

    Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

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    1. You've got that right, Deanne. Good luck.

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  15. This book sounds like a real page turner that I would love to read. The series sounds very interesting.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. It's so good. I love the way she develops the suspense. The pacing is impeccable. Good luck, Maryann.

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  16. Love the title of this one. Sounds really good.

    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Clever titles are a draw for me too, Pam. Good luck.

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  17. I'm so happy to see your review for Marta Perry's book. I have picked up this book and When Secrets Strike a number of times at Barnes and Noble, but never committed. I can be a bit nervous with some suspense books, especially if there is a spiritual element. I didn't read any Christian suspense for years after reading This Present Darkness in my early 20's. Since this one isn't directly published for the Christian market, I'm not too worried. (cue nervous giggle) Thanks for the helpful review, Kav. tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh...no...I couldn't have read This Present Darkness (Frank Peretti, right?) I consider that kind of book a psychological thriller, where it really messes with your mind (well, my active imagination) and I'm too much of a scaredy cat for that. I do love romantic suspense though. I think you'll be safe with this one. Good luck, Terrill.

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  18. I love reading Amish and Mystery Books. What a great combination! Looking forward to reading this one even if I don't win.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It's an awesome suspense book. Good luck, Janet.

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  19. thanks for the opportunity to read this novel, kav

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Karen. Good luck!

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  20. The cover says it all - thanks, Kav!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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