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Title: Peony Red
Author: J. Lynn Bailey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
About Peony Red:
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?
About the Author:
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.
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Enter J. Lynn’s Giveaway:
4.5 ‘Lettuce Eaters Forever’ Stars.
Characters & Chemistry.
Alex Fisher is living a stagnant life after being a widow three years she knows that the path she is taking can’t continue. Her career as a writer is going down the drain as she is not writing anything productive.
She is scared to leave behind what she knows but she knows that she can’t stay. After receiving a postcard from Granite Harbor, Maine with a lot of pushing from her parents and her bestie Bryce she goes to see who this Eli could be.
The postcards aren’t the strangest thing though as it seems that the postcards have been written in her dead husband’s writing. But do you really go on a whim. I mean what about the serial killers out there? Apparently there aren’t any.
I really like Alex she dealt with her feelings in the best possible way. She is strong and you see the journey she takes to be as close to her former self that is possible. Towards the end though I feel as if there was too much radio silence on her part.
Eli Young is a Game Warden in Maine. His life has also been somewhat stagnant after marrying young he has split from his wife the past three years but to date neither of them have done anything. He slept with her three months before he met Alex and well that didn’t really bother me it was that he didn’t tell Alex. But Alex did snoop and found the ring so she could have asked.
I’m between adoring and loving Eli. He is one of the best Hero’s I have read in a long time. He is strong, resilient, patient and an all-around good guy. Who knew being honest and having integrity could be so hot. Lol
Writing, Plot & Pace.
Ms. Bailey is another new to me author in 2018 and I am surprised in how much I really love this book. Her writing sucked me in and left me wanting more. Her knack for storytelling is fresh, new and comes from the heart, her writing and portraying of emotions shows that she talking from experience.
This really touched me.
Taken aback by the Atlantic Ocean, its vastness, its powerful ebb and flow. The waves sit, waiting for their turn upon the coast. The sun casts its rays, shining through a small opening in the dark clouds that hover below, lightening up the dark water on a chosen spot.
I feel as if there are two plots to Peony Red. The first one is on dealing with loss and the grief that comes with it. The imperfections of life and how life has shaped us and at the end of the day if we give into our fears or will we stand strong and go after what we want.
This journey is a slow process for both the Hero/heroine but with the connection that these two have they realise that they have more in life and that it is okay to move on in life. Those that are gone shall not be forgotten. But these two have great character development. Another thing I haven’t experienced in a long time.
The second plot to this story was a dash suspense/murder mystery mixed in. I had no clue who it could have been. Although thinking of it now I kind of dropped the ball on that one. I think that it could have been fleshed out to add more suspense to the book. The author didn’t completely play on our senses and she could/should have done that.
This is a book about fate and that you are in life sometimes lucky to love twice. These kind of tropes aren’t for me. But this worked. An emotional read with a beautiful ending. I feel in love with these two MC and I fell in love with Granite Harbor as well as the secondary characters.
I really recommend this book as it is one of the few that has really made my heart beat faster the last couple of weeks with its emotions. I have already downloaded her other book Standing Sideways and if it is anything like Peony Red then I will feel so much. I laughed, I cried and I had a goofy smile on my face.
P.S. The ex-wife makes a bit of a stink not too much as it didn’t really bother me.