Friday, October 18, 2013

The Secrets She Carried

The Secrets She Carried
Author: Barbara Davis
NAL Accent Trade Paperback
October 1, 2013

When a young woman returns to North Carolina after a thirty-year absence, she finds that the once grand tobacco plantation she called home holds more secrets than she ever imagined.

Though Peak Plantation has been in her family for generations, Leslie Nichols can’t wait to rid herself of the farm left to her by her estranged grandmother Maggie—and with it the disturbing memories of her mother’s death, her father’s disgrace, and her unhappy childhood. But Leslie isn’t the only one with a claim to Peak.

Jay Davenport, Peak’s reclusive caretaker, has his own reasons for holding onto the land bequeathed to him by Leslie’s grandmother. Before she died, Maggie hinted at a terrible secret surrounding Adele Laveau, a lady’s maid who came to Peak during the 1930s and died under mysterious circumstances. Jay is haunted by Maggie’s story, yet the truth eludes him—until Leslie uncovers a cryptically marked grave on the property.

As they delve into the mystery of Adele’s death, Leslie and Jay discover shocking secrets that extend deep into the roots of Leslie’s family tree—secrets that have the power to alter her life forever.

Idgie Says: 
A nice mystery is in between the pages of this novel.  Mainly, who exactly is Leslie?  Apparently, as the story flips back and forth between the present and the 1940's, a great secret was hidden at the Peak and it involved "the Heir".  

Leslie doesn't want to be anyone's heir until her business crashes around her and Daddy is getting out of prison soon with full intentions of showing up on her doorstep - suddenly the best solution is to run home again.

Surprises, deepening mysteries and a hunky caretaker all entwine to make Leslie's life suddenly more interesting.......and leaving her open to the possibilities of forgivness and second chances.