A savage rape on hallowed ground. Secrets buried for decades by the town’s most influential family.
Now Ourania D’Andre will learn the Great Oak’s secrets as construction begins at the Fagan mansion. She can’t afford to turn down a job that promises to stir up the long-buried guilt—and the passion—she shares with powerful Troy Fagan.
She’s already juggling the most important job of her career with her new responsibilities as a foster mother for young Walt and Emma Korchek. And there’s a hard, older man on the construction crew with eyes void of emotion—cold and killing. The secrets of his brutal past will pose a grave threat to the children in her care. Will she find the courage to face him?
This was a child abuse story that was sad, frustrating and infuriating. The fact that part of it is told from Emma, the victim’s, point-of-view makes it seem even worse. There is nothing graphic, but the implications of what is happening are horrorific. Reading it, it’s hard to imagine there will be a happy ending for everyone, but I can assure you that the ending is satisfying.
This story is just as much about Troy and Ouriana’s relationship, which is just as frustrating as the rest of the plot. I was a bit confused as there seems to be little sexual tension between them, but the conversational interplay was quite entertaining at times.
The “twist” to the story is pretty easy to see coming, but I enjoyed watching it explode into view. Sometimes the journey to a conclusion is the most fun, and that is certainly true in this story.
This book would make a great book club read. It’s full of complex, controversial topics worthy of a debate. The inclusion of book discussion questions at the end only help to support this idea. Overall, it’s a great read that while it may seem a tad predictable, it is quite emotional and enjoyable.
Challenges read for:
2012 Ebook Challenge
2012 Self-Published Reading Challenge