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Friday, August 11, 2017

Havencross By Julie Daines-Blog Tour Review and Giveaway



{Product Details}

  • Title: HavenCross
  • Author: Julie Daines
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc. (August 1, 2017)
  • Genre: Regency Romance/Suspense
  • ISBN-10: 1524403326
  • FTC, FYI: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.



{Book Synopsis}
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.


{My Review}
On the front cover it says that Havencross is a Regency Romance. What you don't realize, is that you are getting a whole lot more in the form of a murder mystery, vicious smugglers, and deception around every corner. 

Elaine is a well-bred lady who must leave London in shame because of her father's indiscretions. The family returns to their country home, Havencross, in Cornwall. Elaine isn't happy about returning because of many ghosts in her past such as her brother's disappearance in which she blames herself, the man, Garth Kemp, whom she loved and whose marriage proposal she turned down. Once there she realizes that her life will never be the same until the great Lord Chiverton, her beau she left behind in London comes calling for her hand in marriage. The mystery begins here as things start happening that bring Garth and Elaine back together in ways she'd never would have imagined. Elaine is a very likable character as is Garth. I also truly loved Elaine's Aunt Rose. 

This story is full of rich settings that take you to the shores of Cornwall with it's rocky cliffs, where you can almost smell the sea water and hear the seagulls as they fly by. I don't think I've ever wanted to visit somewhere so much after reading about it in a book until now. The authors descriptions help bring to life this novel full of the mysteries of Arthurian legends, deaths, disappearances, dangerous smugglers, and never knowing who is behind everything that is happening. I wasn't surprised at all at who the bad guy turned out to be but the last 1/4 of the book was SO intense {Edge of your seat!} I couldn't read fast enough to see how the hero and heroine managed to come out in one piece. The small parts of romance are sweet in the book but the mysteries in this novel are what made it amazing to me. This book would be enjoyed by lovers of romance and mystery novels alike. 


{Meet Author: Julie Daines}

Julie Daines 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 verveine.
Julie is an award-winning and best-selling author, and her novel, Unraveled, was a contender for the ALA’s Schneider Family Book Award.

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