Tory Bodeen grew up in a small, rundown house where her father ruled with an iron fist and a leather belt - and where her dreams and talents had no room to flourish. But she had Hope - who lived in the big house, just a short skip away, and whose friendship allowed Tory to be something she wasn't allowed to be at home: a child.
After young Hope's brutal murder, unsolved to this day, Tory's life began to fall apart. And now, as she returns to the tiny town of Progress, South Carolina, with plans to settle in and open a stylish home-design shop, she is determined to find a measure of peace and free herself from the haunting visions of that terrible night.
As she forges a new bond with Cade Lavelle - Hope's older brother and the heir to the Lavelle fortune - she isn't sure whether the tragic loss they share will unite them or drive them apart. But she is willing to open her heart, just a little, and try.
But living so close to unhappy memories will be more difficult and frightening than she ever expected. Because the killer of Hope is nearby as well.
"This is romantic drama at its best." (
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Nora Roberts - yes! Dean Robertson - definitely NOT!!! The name is male, but the voice is female - what a surprise!
Faith - she is an "in your face" kinda gal, but definitely has a softer, sweeter side.
The cadence and inflections were OFF. She read it as though she was reading a scientific treatise instead of an emotional novel. Won't buy another book narrated by this one.
The story was wonderful - full of surprises, and the characters were interesting, but the narration ruined the book for me.
I just wonder if anyone actually listens to the performances by these narrators before the books are released. If so, new listeners with a more discerning ear need to be hired for that job!