Monday, August 7, 2017

Blog Tour/Review: Havencross by Julie Daines

Havencross, by Julie Daines
282p, 2017, Clean Historical Mystery/Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way

When a shocking scandal involving her father spreads through London society, Elaine Cardinham and her parents are forced to retreat to their country home in Cornwall for refuge. But Havencross is no sanctuary for Elaine. She is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of her brother—and the heartbreak she left in her wake all those years ago. It has been five long years since Gareth Kemp last saw Elaine—when she rejected his marriage proposal. Her reappearance convinces him of one thing: he has never stopped loving her. To put his feelings for her aside, he focuses his attention on the dangerous smuggling plaguing the Cornish coast. As Elaine attempts to run from her past, she ventures ever closer to a dangerous truth—and Gareth may be the only one who can save her from a deadly finish.

Elaine Cardinham was humiliated by the scandal involving her father which caused her family to leave London society for their country home, Havencross. And she especially wasn't looking forward to facing Gareth Kemp, the man whose proposal she rejected five years ago. However, she was determined to make the best of her new situation.

Elaine and Gareth were easy characters to fall in love with. There were obstacles in their way, especially one large one that I wasn't sure how they would overcome. Elaine wasn't bitter about the tough situation she was in due to her father's actions. Gareth's circumstances had drastically changed since she'd last seen him. I enjoyed their interactions and how they looked out for each other despite their past history. I liked the side characters and how they added bits and pieces to the story until the full picture was revealed.

Julie Daines is one of my favorite authors and this book delivered! I loved how the different storylines came together--scandal, smugglers, mystery, second chances and romance kept me turning pages until the satisfying conclusion. This is a great read for anyone that enjoys clean historical mystery/romance!

Julie Daines is an award-winning and best-selling author. She was born in Concord, Massachusetts, and was raised in Utah. She spent eighteen months living in London, where she studied and fell in love with English literature, sticky toffee pudding, and the mysterious guy who ran the kebab store around the corner.

She loves reading, writing, and watching movies—anything that transports her to another world. She picks Captain Wentworth over Mr. Darcy, firmly believes in second breakfast, and never leaves home without her vervain.

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Unknown said...

This is a book I would walk out of the bookstore with just because of the cover! Great review. It sounds wonderful!

Julie Daines said...

Thank you for reading and reviewing! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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