Every cloud has a silver lining

Time to post my second review of the day! Last month I read a couple of Nora Roberts novels that my mom bought but I didn’t have the chance to read yet because of the amount of reading I had to do for school. So when I finally had vacation I took the opportunity to catch up on my Nora Roberts reading :). The book I will be reviewing today is The Liar (Terug naar huis in Dutch). Here’s what this book is about.

Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions …
 
The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn’t just dead. He never really existed.
 
Shelby takes her three-year-old daughter and heads south to seek comfort in her hometown, where she meets someone new: Griff Lott, a successful contractor. But her husband had secrets she has yet to discover. Even in this small town, surrounded by loved ones, danger is closer than she knows—and threatens Griff, as well. And an attempted murder is only the beginning …

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Just like all Nora Roberts novels this one has realistic and well-developed characters. Shelby is a young mom, just 23 years old, but her experiences have made her far older than she is. Her husband Richard might not have abused her physically but he made sure that she lost her confidence, her family and her friends. He kept her isolated and kept her down with words. Now, Shelby has turned from a fun-loving, scared-of-nothing, outgoing girl into a sad and disillusioned young woman. The only light in Shelby’s life is her 3-year-old daughter Callie. Despite everything she knows she at least raised her daughter right.

When Richard dies Shelby’s life crumbles down around her. The mansion she’s living in is heavily mortgaged and the bank is about to foreclose on the property, Richard has taken out several creditcards on both their names and all are maxed out, but even worse is the fact that a private investigator turns up accusing Shelby’s husband of a multiple-million-dollar jewelry heist. Shelby has no choice but to sell everything she owns, including her clothes and jewelry (some of which turns out to be stolen) and try to pay as much debts as possible. Allthough she has no idea how she’s supposed to come up with several million dollars to pay all the creditcardcompanies and the bank off. When Shelby clears out Richard’s things she discovers a key. A key that opens a safe-deposit box containing a great wallop of cash, a gun and multiple fake ID’s all with Richard’s photo but with different names leading her to question: Who on Earth did I marry?

Eventually Shelby is able to move with her daughter to Rendezvous Ridge, the small mountaintown in Tennessee where she grew up. There, in the loving embrace of her family, she can begin to heal and try to close this horrible chapter of her life. But some pages can’t be turned before they are read entirely…

Griffin is a handyman who moved from the big city to Rendezvous Ridge with his businesspartner. Together they can fix about anything. Griff likes to work with his hands and dreams of restoring the old mansion he bought to its former glory. He is down-to-earth, funny, romantic and a solid rock. The first time he lays eyes on Shelby he is sold. The young, sad woman with her sweet, little daughter wiggle their way into his heart and he will do anything to make Shelby smile again and give them everything they deserve. He only has to convince this disillusioned woman that he is a man who can be trusted.

The romance between these two characters is really well-developed and super sweet. The way Griff charms not only Shelby and her daughter, but also Shelby’s mom and grandmom is really funny and beautiful. Obstacle to the developing feelings between them is Richard’s past that comes to haunt Shelby. Because Richard didn’t work alone and now his partners-in-crime are looking for the money and jewels he not only stole from their victims but also from his partners. And maybe, just maybe Richard’s cons are not yet over…

The suspense is very good in this book. From the start you get the feeling that something is not quite right about Richard and his partners and slowly but surely everything gets revealed (don’t worry I won’t betray these revelations 😉 ). Once you start reading you won’t want to put the book down, wanting to find out if Shelby and Griff will end up together and who Richard really was. This is one of those Nora Roberts you will want to read and reread because it’s just that good. In short: this is a must-read!

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