Disclosure: I obtained the Kindle edition of this book when it was on sale from Open Road Media.
I had put this book on my list of possible Halloween Bingo reads, because I already had it and it sounded interesting from the description. It proved to be a fairly quick and easy read, but I can't say it was a thoroughly enjoyable one.
Lynn McLeod and Stephen Asche were married for about a year. She was 19 and a student, he was 27 and already an established architect. He designed a fabulous home for them. Before the house could be built, however, Stephen fell madly in love with a dancer, Oriana. Crushed, Lynn left him. She made a life for herself and pursued a career in child psychology, working mostly with seriously ill children.
Through an odd set of events, Lynn gets called back to Virginia to help with Stephen and Oriana's 10-year-old daughter Jilly, who is despondent after an accident has crippled her father. After putting up some resistance, Lynn eventually capitulates and agrees.
Of course there are all kinds of unanswered questions about the accident that injured Stephen, and then hints of murder.
I didn't buy hardly any of it from the very beginning. I didn't believe Lynn, regardless her feelings a dozen years later for Stephen, would have gone back to that kind of situation.
But I also didn't care for any of the characters. None of them seemed to have any depth. The philandering wife, the greedy relative, the sneaky hired help, the ditzy dreamer: there were too many stereotypes.
Jilly, the ten-year-old at the center of the story, came across as much older than that.
Worst of all, the whole romantic aspect of the story seemed far-fetched because the romantic hero was so very, very unheroic.
Now that I think of it, almost all the characters in this book were lacking in integrity and honor.
Three stars, being generous.