Wednesday, November 10, 2010

"Legacy of Lies" Book Review

Title: Legacy of Lies
Author: Jill Elizabeth Nelson
Publisher: Harlequin
IBSN: 978-0373444083
Received: Winner from GiveawayGal

This book starts with an argument with a daughter and her grandma about changing their store for the current market. Little did they know that within the day the old and new would soon become entwined in more than one way. A murdered body found in the rose garden soon has the whole town of Ellington up in arms and accusing a very trustworthy family. The hero and heroine, a cop and a widow of a cop must come to terms with their relationship and the fact that the truth might have unhappy consequences throughout the story. Rich and Nicole must wade through all the untruths that have kept a town in the dark all those years and find a way for everyone to find the light at the end of the tunnel.

My Review:

What made me smile:
I loved the storyline. The kidnapping angle isn't widely done in the Inspirational categories and this was very well done. I really liked the fact that it incorporated the old with the new. I have never read anything by Ms. Nelson before and was glued to the page late at night with the descriptive prose she uses. The story flowed from one scene to another in a logical sequence and nothing seemed forced. While I did figure out who done it pretty quickly, the twists and turns on the reasoning behind the scenes kept me going for more. The romance story added for a sweet emotional impact to the storyline.

What didn't work for me:
Only two things came to mind as I started this review for what I didn't like, one was the fact that Nicole seemed to want to start a relationship too soon after her husband's death. I would have been more comfortable if she would have dealt with her feelings on that subject a little more deeply than just in passing a few times. The other was the lack of faith talk, I really didn't find many places where Nicole and police chief Rich talked about their faith or lack of.

In Summary:
If you like a great simple suspense novel, I suggest you pick up a copy of this book. If you are looking for a great love story, you won't find it in 'Legacy of Lies' but you will find a sweet romance that can leave you with a smile on your face and hope in your heart.

Author information:

Jill Elizabeth Nelson has written several books including 3 other books for the Love Inspired series with Harlequin. As she has written on her website she writes what she likes to read, faith-based tales of adventure seasoned with romance.
I haven't come up with an unique rating system yet. So for now this recieves 6 family thumbs up out of 7!

The reviews expressed are solely mine and have no reflection on the fact that this was a 'won' book sent to me by the author.

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