Friday, May 24, 2019

Living Lies (Harbored Secrets #1)

Title:  Living Lies (Harbored Secrets #1)

Author:  Natalie Walters

Pages:  336

Year:  2019

Publisher:  Revell

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars.

Wow!  The title and cover give viewers looking for a good story just a glimpse into the meaning behind what is seen.  The tale is a real heart-grabber and I cannot wait for the second book titled, Deadly Deceit, slated to be published November of 2019!

The main character is Lane Kent.  She has secrets along with heart break.  One little boy named Noah brings her delight every day.  He is her son and together they do life since Lane lost her husband two years prior.  Lane lives in an apartment upstairs above a cafĂ© she runs in a small town.  Readers will enjoy seeing how Lane and others care for the vets in that town each Friday night with a home cooked meal.  Lane though struggles with guilt, depression and more and wonders each day if life is worth living.

Charlie has returned from service as a Marine and now he is a deputy in the same town as Lane.  Their meeting is fortuitous.  As the story develops, audiences will find themselves trying to figure out the mystery imbedded in the pages as well as having their heart touched by the personal battle of depression Lane faces each new day.  The supporting characters are examples to Lane of love, acceptance and not allowing herself to be defined or hemmed in by depression.

I thought the author did a masterful job of blending elements of mental health, veterans’ issues, mystery, romance, faith and more in the book.  I don’t normally read books that deal so compassionately with those who suffer from depression or PTSD, so this was refreshing.  The mystery was well developed and brought some unforeseen twists to the novel; it kept me turning the pages!

Don’t think this book is a downer because it deals with real issues because it isn’t.  The book brings hope and light to some areas of life that aren’t easy but not necessarily confining either.  Readers will enjoy the tale, character and plot of this book.  I can’t wait for the second book to come out!

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.