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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Review: The Bracelet by Dorothy Love



Description: "The mystery surrounding Celia's home in Savannah threatens her family reputation . . . and her very life. Celia Browning is counting the days until her childhood sweetheart Sutton Mackay returns to Savannah after two years in Jamaica looking after his family's shipping interests. She's certain he will propose marriage, thus joining two of the city's most prominent families. But just as Sutton returns, an unsavory newspaper reporter arrives in town, determined to revive interest in the secret tragedies that occurred in the Browning mansion on Madison Square when Celia was a child. A series of mysterious notes arrives at the house, followed by an anonymous gift-a bracelet imbued with a sinister message. Is it merely a coincidence, or is someone out to harm her? As war clouds gather over Savannah and her beloved father's health worsens, Celia determines to uncover the truth about what really happened all those years ago. Inspired by actual events in one of Savannah's most prominent 19th-century families,The Bracelet combines romance, rich historical detail, and breathtaking suspense as one young woman embarks upon a dangerous quest to free herself from her family's tragic past."

About the Author A native of west Tennessee, Dorothy Love makes her home in the Texas hill country with her husband and their golden retriever. An award-winning author of numerous young adult novels, Dorothy made her adult debut with the Hickory Ridge novels.

The very first e book that I reviewed was Beyond All Measure by Dorothy Love, part of her Hickory Ridge series.  I enjoyed that book so much that I had to buy the rest of the books in that series and those lived up to the first.  When I saw that Dorothy Love had a new book available for review, I of course had to review it.

The Bracelet is a little different than the other books that I have read by the author.  It is still a historical fiction and she does add in real people and places into the story which I loved.  Also, a familiar name from the Hickory Ridge series appears many times in the story. In addition to these elements, there is some suspense added in to the story.  The story is weaved around two unsolved deaths, a nosy reporter, mysterious messages, and a bracelet with a sinister message.  Will you figure it all out before the author reveals it to you?

I have said several times that historical fiction is my favorite type of story to read, and I really enjoy the added mystery and suspense.  I liked the characters, although there were times when I did not believe that Celia acted with the common sense she should have.  The story was original, I have not read anything like it before.  There were times that story did not flow as well as I thought it should.  The chapter would end in one situation and place and then pick up several hours or days later while going back and describing what had happened during that time period, instead of just continuing where it left off.

Overall I really liked it and can't wait to read the next one in the series.

Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC regulations.
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