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    A riveting read!

    Lynda Stacey delivers with House of Secrets, combining mystery, romance and enough perfectly timed psychological twists to keep you glued to the pages. Interspersed with quieter moments where we grow to know the characters, the pacing was spot on. In a nutshell, after the death of her husband Madeline falls too easily into a relationship with Liam, a man who is sweetness and light on the surface, underneath a manipulative control freak. Alarm bells are already ringing for Maddie, when the scales are finally peeled painfully from her eyes. Realising she’s in an abusive relationship which is detrimental to her little girl, Poppy, Maddie has to escape it. Her only safe harbour is back home to Wrea Hall, a hotel run by her estranged father, who welcomes her arrival. Soon Poppy begins to blossom and be the girl she used to be. Throw into the mix ex-marine and handyman, Bandit, whose vulnerability is reflected in his backstory and who is instinctively protective of Maddie, and things could be on the up. Liam, though, a man we definitely love to hate, isn’t going to give up easily and allow Maddie her happy ending. The historical element introduced here, when Maddie uncovers diaries written by a former mistress of Wrea Hall, lends and intriguing new dimension to the story. The diaries tell of secret tunnels and love that conquers, and draw an interesting parallel from the past to the present. While Maddie and Bandit are determined to resolve the mystery of the diaries, growing closer in the process, we have unbalanced Liam lurking in the shadows, prepared to go to any unimaginable lengths to get Maddie back. Romance, intrigue, chills and thrills make House of Secrets a riveting read. I loved it.
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    House of Secrets

    What can I say, if this is a debut novel I cannot wait for the next, had me gripped from the outset, made me smile and made me cry both sad and happy tears. Everything described perfectly that you could picture the characters and surroundings and almost lose yourself among them. Thank you to the author for sharing her amazing talent with us.
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    Contemporary love story, mystery & thriller

    Fleeing from a controlling boyfriend, Madeline and her daughter finds sanctuary with her estranged father in a large sprawling hotel, called Wrea Head Hall. There she makes new friends, a new life for herself and begins to discover the secrets of the old building through the diary entries of an old journal. After Madeline’s escape, Stacey, the author, lulls you into thinking this is a gentle love story where a woman “finds herself”. However the tension slowly begins to build and the threads, so expertly inserted by the writer, comes together in a crescendo that keeps on going and will keep you turning the pages. This novel has a delicious mixture of contemporary, historical, mystery and thriller, but at its core is a budding romance that gently develops amongst the secrets and threats in Wrea Head Hall. A very enjoyable read that will make you want to visit the real hall in Yorkshire and discover some secrets for yourself. I received a free ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
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    House of Secrets.

    A compelling Story full of well drawn and believable characters. Mostly likable and a menacingly nasty villain.
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    Predictable

    All in all not a bad read but extremely predictable...... however....having said that... the characters and the author's heartwarming depiction of the beautiful old hotel in which much of the story takes place is enough reason to give this one a try.
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