Book Talk: Peony Red by J. Lynn Bailey
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I asked and received a copy of this book from the author/Inkslinger PR in exchange for my honest review.
Thank you, Inkslinger PR, for providing the ARC.
This is the first book by J. Lynn Bailey that I have read. In the beginning, I found it a little hard to connect to but that could be just the timing of when I picked this up to read. But on my vacation, I slipped into the story of Alex and Eli. I was able to read most of the story on my long-haul flight and was a little restless because it took me a few days to find the time to finish the story. Which is a long way to say that it was a gripping read.
It has a little of everything hardship of life, grief, family relations, love, and suspense. Perhaps that’s why it grips you. The author does an excellent job of tapping into every emotion and keep you turning the pages. (Even when you are on a red-eye flight.)
I quite enjoyed the mystery surrounding the two main characters and their budding relationship. I liked the author’s writing style too and look forward to reading other stories from her.
My rating: Four Stars.
Enter J. Lynn’s Giveaway:
About the author:
J. Lynn Bailey has loved to write since she learned to read, around the second grade. When she isn't running after her children, watching COPS, or on the hunt for her next Laffy Taffy joke, you can probably find her holed up in her writing room feverishly working on her next book. She lives in Northern California with her family.
Alex Fisher hasn’t been able to find her stride since the death of her husband three years ago. She’s out of a job, out of time, and running on fumes. So, when she receives two postcards from Granite Harbor, Maine, inviting her for a visit, she takes it as a sign for a start fresh.
For game warden Eli Young, life is simpler when he’s exploring the back roads of Maine. In the north woods, he doesn’t have to deal with town politics or his soon-to-be ex-wife.
When Alex makes Eli an offer he can’t refuse, he should say no. He should walk away. Except he can’t. Something about her leaves him tangled.
A dark storm is brewing in the small coastal town, and everyone is on edge when word spreads quickly about a young woman who has gone missing.
When a picture of Alex shows up at a gruesome scene, no one is prepared for what will happen next.
Eli wants to save Alex, but she has to save herself.
The question isn’t, Can she? It’s, Will she?