Today’s theme: #TBT- More magical books from authors we love. Be sure to check out the posts on Sara Addison Allen and Linda Francis Lee too.
Oh friends! Have you ever met a book by Barbara O’Neal/Barbara Samuel that you didn’t like?! I haven’t!
I like them all so much that I’m not even sure that I could decide on a favorite….
I’ve loved her recent Lake Union titles, but I was a fan long before she found a home with Amazon Publishing. I loved her Barbara Samuel titles, and am very happy to see them re-released with new covers and even some new titles.
I haven’t made it through all of her women-focused titles, but I’ve read enough that I know I want to get to them all someday!
This year’s release, THE LOST GIRLS OF DEVON, maintains O’Neal’s signature elegant yet accessible writing style, yet dives into a darker mystery than we’ve seen from her before.
She also explores complicated mother/daughter relationships within four generations of women, a romance from the past that might possibly be salvaged, a brutal teenage act of revenge that rocks a family, and a subtle study of love, loss, mistakes and forgiveness that may give multiple generations and a small English village a chance for new beginnings.
Another winner for O’Neal, and another riveting read for us.
(Don’t hesitate to check out her backlist. Many of her titles are around $4.99. Some real gems there, which should come as no surprise to her long-time fans.)
Find the books:
Barbara O’Neal/Samuel @Amazon
When We Believed In Mermaids @Amazon
The Art Of Inheriting Secrets @Amazon
The Lost Recipe for Happiness @Amazon
No Place Like Home @Amazon
The Lost Girls of Devon @Amazon
From the Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestselling author of When We Believed in Mermaids comes a story of four generations of women grappling with family betrayals and long-buried secrets.
It’s been years since Zoe Fairchild has been to the small Devon village of her birth, but the wounds she suffered there still ache. When she learns that her old friend and grandmother’s caretaker has gone missing, Zoe and her fifteen-year-old daughter return to England to help.
Zoe dreads seeing her estranged mother, who left when Zoe was seven to travel the world. As the four generations of women reunite, the emotional pain of the past is awakened. And to complicate matters further, Zoe must also confront the ex-boyfriend she betrayed many years before.
Anxieties spike when tragedy befalls another woman in the village. As the mystery turns more sinister, new grief melds with old betrayal. Now the four Fairchild women will be tested in ways they couldn’t imagine as they contend with dangers within and without, desperate to heal themselves and their relationships with each other.
(This review is part of Read-A-Romance Month. Hope you’ll come back every day to check out my book recommendations. You can find the calendar here. Also check out The Romance of Reading, a Facebook “book club” where we’ll have great authors guest hosting every week.)
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