Friday, April 14, 2017

Buried Secrets

GIVEAWAY

GOOD, RACHEL J.
BURIED SECRETS

Overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of the future God has for you.

Three years after the accident that almost claimed her life, Emma Esh has recovered physically but has no memory of the months before and after the accident. When she moves to a new community to help her sister Lydia and brother-in-law, Caleb, prepare for the birth of twins, she falls for their neighbour Samuel. But the twins' premature birth, a visit from the Englischer Emma once dated, and the sudden return of her memory threaten Emma's romance.

When the secrets of Emma's past are revealed, will love be able to overcome all obstacles?

My Review:

Book Two in the Sisters and Friends series. It reads wonderfully well as a standalone though. And it's pretty unique because the story will have a different kind of impact depending on whether you have read the first book, Change of Heart. That's because Emma has no memory of the months before and immediately after the accident that nearly killed her. So, if you haven't read the first book, you're as clueless as Emma and get to uncover buried secrets right along with her. But, if you have read the first book, you know exactly what happened to Emma and that makes for a very interesting reading perspective since you know more about the main character than she does! Very cool.

Emma is struggling to put her life back together but she's missing some key pieces. While she has the support of her family, she knows they are keeping secrets from her and they treat her as if she's sure to disappoint them. So it's a relief to move to a different community where no one knows her past -- just like her! Even though Lydia can be a bit of an overbearing older sister. (There were times I wanted to shake some sense into her, but I refrained because of her delicate condition.)

Though next door neighbour Samuel intrigues Emma, he makes her nervous too. They have a great first meet scene involving a rambunctious Irish Setter that endeared me to Samuel immediately. :-) A complicated 'non-courtship' ensues as both hero and heroine grapple with letting go of the past in order to reach out towards a future together.

There's plenty of drama -- breath-snatching scenes that left me gobsmacked -- tender ones that left me weak in the knees. And twisty plot turns that kept me reading long after lights out. An excellent addition to the Sisters and Friends series. I can't wait for Book Three's release!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Buried Secrets please leave a comment or send me an email 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 to make it easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 16 2017. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

36 comments:

  1. I knew you had been anticipating this one since reading the first installment, so glad it met with (or exceeded) your expectations :-) I've not read any of them, but I do have "Change of Heart" on my Kindle. On your recommendation alone, I know I'd love them too!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Thanks for having confidence in my reading taste, Trixi! I'm really excited about this new Amish author and she just signed another series contract so we're guaranteed to have more great reads ahead of us. Good luck.

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  2. Enticing review, Kav! Hi up there, Trixi! I just finished Change of Heart Wednesday night and at the end they featured a sneak preview of Buried Secrets. Grooaannn...what a tease! :o Now I just HAVE to read Emma's story ASAP or I'll bust. Please toss my name in the kapp. Danke!

    dianalflowers(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. You're tossed, Diane (gently). This author knows how to draw you in, doesn't she? And the fun continues in this book. And the angst!!! Good luck, Diana.

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    2. Be sure to toss me on my head! It might help. hehe Indeed she does and so not fair to add a sneak preview!

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  3. New author of amish books for me. Cool. cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. This looks like a great suspense book. Amish suspense that is clean is always a good read. 😀 Thanks for the chance to win a copy Kav. iamabho at gmail dot com

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    1. It's not really a suspense, Linda. Not in the sense that there are bad guys lurking in the wings ready to strike. It's just that Emma doesn't remember her past and that leads to a lot of secrets being kept from her. So, suspenseful but not suspense. :-) Good luck.

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    2. That's Fine, that sounds great also. :) Thank You

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  5. I can't wait to read the Sisters and Friends series. Both book 1 and 2 sound amazing. Thank you for the giveaway!

    melodybissonnette AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Rachel J. Good is a great new author in the Amish genre. I'm loving this series. Good luck!

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  6. Ooo secrets! Love suspense and intrigue. My friends also like Amish stories. Thanks for the chance to win. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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

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  7. I haven't read a book by Rachel Wood. I would love to win this one. Amish is a fav genre of mine.

    duhpaynes(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It's a favourite genre of mine as well. Good luck, Anne.

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  8. Just love your review of this book! I haven't read the first book, but, of course, I want to read it as well as this one. Thanks for the review.
    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Pam! It's a great series that I'm sure you'll enjoy. Good luck, Pam.

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  9. This series sounds excellent. TY
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. It really, really is!!!! Good luck, Lucy.

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  10. This books sounds great. This is a new author to me, but I'd like to try it.
    susanlulu(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. I was aware of Rachel Hood's first book before your review, but it was your review that prompted my purchase. So, I had no doubt that I would soon see your review of the second in this series. I have to be honest, though, I didn't read your review for this one. I don't want to know anything before I dive in myself. :-)

    BTW, I finished The Lost Girl of Astor Street last night, or rather, early this morning and loved, loved, loved it. I'm experiencing a book hangover and want a second in a series, like yesterday. Haha!
    tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. LOL -- I'm so glad you loved Change of Heart and can't wait for you to read Buried Secrets 'cause there's soooo much about Emma that is....riveting.

      And I hear you on The Lost Girl of Astor Street. I sooooo hope she makes that into a series. We need to to start picketing! Good luck, Terrill.

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  12. A new author to explore. Yay!! Thank s, Kav, for another wonderful review.

    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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

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  13. This sounds like a great read. I would love to be entered. Thank you.

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.
    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

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  14. I haven't read any of her books yet. I'm always excited to try new authors of Amish books!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. This is just her second one but she's signed up to do another whole series and I'm so excited. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  15. I have not seen this series, thank you for the chance to win the second in the series. I will be getting the first one as it sounds good.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. It's an awesome series, Wendy. Good luck.

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  16. I haven't read the first book, so this would be fun to be as clueless as Emma. I've been hooked on Amish books for years, so know I would enjoy this one. Thanks! Becky adult4beckyATaolDOTcom

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    1. Yes, a very different perspective than what I had but I think it would read just as well. Good luck, Becky.

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  17. This sounds like a great Amish book to read and I would love to read about Emma and see how she comes to remember her past memories. This book has intrigued me, especially the memory lapse aspect. Loved your review Kav.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. It's a fascinating angle for sure. Good luck, Maryann.

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