August 2, 2018

The Art of Inheriting Secrets by Barbara O'Neal - Review

Book details
Print Length: 359 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (July 17, 2018)

Book description
When Olivia Shaw’s mother dies, the sophisticated food editor is astonished to learn she’s inherited a centuries-old English estate—and a title to go with it. Raw with grief and reeling from the knowledge that her reserved mother hid something so momentous, Olivia leaves San Francisco and crosses the pond to unravel the mystery of a lifetime.

One glance at the breathtaking Rosemere Priory and Olivia understands why the manor, magnificent even in disrepair, was the subject of her mother’s exquisite paintings. What she doesn’t understand is why her mother never mentioned it to her. As Olivia begins digging into her mother’s past, she discovers that the peeling wallpaper, debris-laden halls, and ceiling-high Elizabethan windows covered in lush green vines hide unimaginable secrets.

Although personal problems and her life back home beckon, Olivia finds herself falling for the charming English village and its residents. But before she can decide what Rosemere’s and her own future hold, Olivia must first untangle the secrets of her past.

Purchase Links
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Meet the author - Barbara O’Neal
Barbara O’Neal is the author of eleven novels of women’s fiction, including How to Bake a Perfect Life and The Lost Recipe for Happiness. Her award-winning books have been published in a dozen countries, including France, England, Poland, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Brazil.

Barbara lives in the stunningly beautiful city of Colorado Springs with her beloved, a British endurance athlete who vows he’ll never lose his accent.
Connect with Barbara
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My thoughts
I thought this was a good book and enjoyed reading it. The characters were well developed and relateable. The storyline had a nice flow to it and made the book easy to read. Barbara's descriptions of the landscapes and the settings were very well done. You felt like you were right there with Olivia on each step of her adventure. I liked that there was a bit of a mystery included in this story as I thought that added to the book.

Review Tour:
Monday, July 16th: Literary Quicksand
Wednesday, July 18th: Bookmark Lit
Thursday, July 19th: BookNAround
Friday, July 20th: Book Date
Monday, July 23rd: Broken Teepee
Tuesday, July 24th: Midwest Ladies Who Lit
Friday, July 27th: From the TBR Pile
Friday, July 27th: What is That Book About
Monday, July 30th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Tuesday, July 31st: The Romance Dish
Wednesday, August 1st: Reading Reality
Thursday, August 2nd: A Holland Reads
Monday, August 6th: Books and Bindings
Tuesday, August 7th: A Bookish Way of Life
Wednesday, August 8th: Eliot’s Eats
Wednesday, August 15th: Kahakai Kitchen


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