TITLE: At Hidden Falls
AUTHOR: Barbara Freethy
INFO: Paperback, Fiction, 371 pages
PUBLISHED: Pocket Star Books, 2011
HOW I GOT IT: Received from Publisher for Review
FROM GOODREADS: Mysterious dreams draw costume designer Isabella Silviera to Angel’s Bay, the California coastal town where angels occasionally dance above the waves. Bestselling author Barbara Freethy enchants again in this emotional and compelling tale of family secrets, abiding friendships, and heart-touching romance.
Isabella’s drive to Angel’s Bay would have ended in tragedy when her car slid off a cliff if she hadn’t been rescued by Nick Hartley. As he helps her to safety, she realizes he is the man who has haunted her dreams. Nick, however, is committed to reconnecting with his estranged teenage daughter, refusing to respond to his powerful attraction to Isabella. And Isabella’s police chief brother has his hands full with a missing mother, an abandoned baby, and an unknown father. What is Isabella’s role in the mysteries—both past and present— that swirl around the town?When she starts helping at the Hartley family theater, all the pieces begin to link together. Loves found and lost, heartbreak and happiness, courage and betrayal are all part of the patchwork quilt of the community—and of life. Isabella’s gift is seeing the patterns. . .
MY TAKE: This was a very enjoyable afternoon's read. The danger and excitement at the beginning of the book draw you in and keep you hooked throughout the story. This is the fourth book in Barbara Freethy's "Angel's Bay" series but it is also a delightful stand alone read as well. I am definitely looking forward to reading the other books now.
I think my favorite part of the story is reading about Nick and his struggle to reconnect with his teenage daughter. They've been estranged for twelve years and are having an almost impossible time coming together. I enjoyed the dialogue and Nick's range of emotions while he's facing the fact that his beautiful baby daughter is now a punked out, rebellious stranger.
Isabella was interesting. A bit on the flighty side and a somewhat forceful when it comes to Nick and her brother, but she made for a good protagonist.
Good romance story with a healthy mix of drama and mystery to top it off.
Ing at As The Pages Turn has a great interview with Barbara Freethy and a GIVEAWAY today. Be sure to check it out!
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