House of Secrets

A woman on the run, a broken man and a house with a shocking secret…

Madeleine Frost has to get away. Her partner Liam has become increasingly controlling to the point that Maddie fears for her safety, and that of her young daughter Poppy…

Desperation leads Maddie to the hotel owned by her estranged father – the extraordinarily beautiful Wrea Head Hall in Yorkshire. There, she meets Christopher ‘Bandit’ Lawless, an ex-marine and the gamekeeper of the hall, whose brusque manner conceals a painful past.

After discovering a diary belonging to a previous owner, Maddie and Bandit find themselves immersed in the history of the old house, uncovering its secrets, scandals, tragedies – and, all the while, becoming closer.

But Liam still won’t let go, he wants Maddie back, and when Liam wants something he gets it, no matter who he hurts…

You just can’t go wrong with a book published by Choc Lit, at least not in my experience thus far. When I see their name down as the publisher I go in with positive hopes.

Stacey surely created a story that has a little bit of everything. She creates this main female character that immediately grips your heart with the challenges she’s had to face but also seeing her courage and perseverance as a mother. It has the romance angle to lighten things up a bit which is needed thanks to the tension caused by her ex hell bent on forcing her to do things his way. If all that isn’t enough she’s even sprinkled in a bit of mystery to bring her characters together and heighten the suspense of what more will the evil ex do.

I adored her characters, except for the evil ex of course, and how she used a couple as the tension relievers so you didn’t get bogged down in too much darkness.

I was already a fan of Lynda Stacey from a previous book of hers I read, Tell Me No Secrets, so this just cemented all over again what a great writer she is; I look forward to more!

Thank you to Netgalley and Choc Lit for allowing me to review this book.

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