Summer of Deception is Elva Cobb Martin’s debut romantic suspense novel set in the south.
Now, of course, as a dog, I’m grateful for the dogs that are in here. That right there makes it a five bone review book. But I suspect most of you reading are not dogs, so let me tell you what this story is about at least regarding the humans.
Rachel York is escaping a bad relationship and seeking to uncover the truth regarding the death of her brother who worked for the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). She doesn’t believe he’s really dead. She’s found a job at a historic Charleston tea plantation but when she arrives, the man who hired her is dead and the grandson has no clue she was coming. Would God bring her this far to fail her now?
Luke Barret is a widowed and wounded Marine Corps Special Forces operative who has returned home with an eye patch making him more like a grumpy pirate than the owner of a southern tea-plantation. Handsome but untrusting, he’s suspicious of Rachel but allows her to stay on trial as a nanny to his young daughter whom he adores.
Rachel revels in the beauty and history of her temporary home and looks for ways to contact her brother’s partner to uncover the truth. But strange things are happening on the plantation and she begins to wonder if the honorable and grumpy owner might not be involved in nefarious activities (are you impressed that a dog like me knows a word like that?). In spite of that, she finds herself attracted to the brooding, temperamental owner of the plantation.
Luke is finding his own heart melted and lost faith rekindled by the feisty nanny, but suspect she has secrets of her own. When love is about to bloom a hurricane comes and craziness ensues. Is her brother really alive? Does Luke love her, or is he really a drug smuggler. With all the secrets kept, can love survive the turmoil?
Prism Book Group, an imprint of Pelican Book Group, did a fabulous job on the cover as well.
Elva weaves a complex and beautifully told tale. You an almost experience the wonder of this place. Filled with emotion and suspense it is a tale you are sure to enjoy. Sure made my tail wag, so I give it five bones, because I’m a dog. I don’t have thumbs and don’t do stars.
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