Title: The Sound of Falling Leaves
Author: Lisa Carter
My rating is 3 out of 5 stars.
Zeke Sloan is working undercover on an apple orchard in the hopes of finding out what happened to his foster sister, Kaci. She has been missing for months. The last known siting of her was in the area of Appalachia Trail. Zeke is out for justice in his mind, but to others it looks like revenge. He wants nothing to distract him from his quest of finding out what happened to Kaci. Tessa is proving to be one such distraction. He has been tracking the activity of the local wealthy family in the county who holds the town in fear. Zeke’s plan is to take the family down because he is sure they had something to do with Kaci’s disappearance, but he has no proof
Tessa Goforth is a former rising opera singer. She was in a devastating fire that robbed her of her career and killed her best friend. She has decided to stay temporarily with her Aunt Dicy, who has fallen and broken her leg. While at the orchard her aunt owns, Tessa plans to do some research on Appalachian folk songs for her dissertation. She is not impressed with Zeke initially and wonders why her aunt hired him. She runs across an old album in her aunt’s collection, featuring a beautifully voiced singer. Tessa wants to learn more about her, but no one will talk much. Is there a mystery here? Tessa decides to find out.
The plot was slow in spots, and I really didn’t connect with the main characters. I felt their romance was not developed enough and just sort of came about from no real substance. There was some violence in the book that I really didn’t think needed to be added to the story. However, I enjoyed Ouida’s character. Her wisdom and insight along with her mentoring relationship with Tessa was entertaining. Nothing got past this 90-year-old! I also appreciated the descriptions of the land and nature. I could feel like I was seeing the beautiful scenery right in front of me. While this wasn’t my favorite Lisa Carter read, I’m not sorry I took the time to read the novel.
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