Queen of Heartsby K. Dawn Byrd
Daphne Dean is proud to be serving her country stateside during WWII as a reporter and an Office of Strategic Services operative (spy.) She�s a good reporter, but finds her spying skills to be as lackluster as her love life. Her ex-boyfriend, Kenneth, who turned his back on his county by becoming a draft dodger and a black market racketeer, says her wants he back.… See more details below
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Daphne Dean is proud to be serving her country stateside during WWII as a reporter and an Office of Strategic Services operative (spy.) She�s a good reporter, but finds her spying skills to be as lackluster as her love life. Her ex-boyfriend, Kenneth, who turned his back on his county by becoming a draft dodger and a black market racketeer, says her wants he back. Will she take him back to avoid being lonely?
Vito may be a mob boss� son, but he�s a gangster with a good heart. After spending several days locked away in a vacant mental asylum with Daphne, he finds himself falling for her. Can he turn his back on his mob family and pursue a relationship with her?
Can Daphne put the terrifying events that occurred at the insane asylum behind her and allow her feeling for Vito to grow? After discovering he�s a member of the mob family that wants her dead, can she learn to trust him?
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It's World War II in America, and yes, there were spies, black marketers and the mob all in action. K Dawn Byrd's debut novel from Desert Breeze is a sweet and dramatic shivery story about a young woman in over her head when she goes on assignment for the newspaper to photograph a mob murder.and ends up on a hit list. But that's not the worst of it. Daphne Dean was also recruited by the O.S.S. as a message carrier, code sign Queen of Hearts, and learns some unsavory information about her one-time love. But will her new love be her complete undoing? In order to hide from the mob, Daphne ends up sharing a former mental asylum with its owner, a young doctor who also has secrets that Daphne may not be able to handle. Special friend and one-time spy herself, Daphne's friend Anya offers advice and prayers when Daphne needs them most. A fierce storm, a creepy maid and a run-in with the mob create a spooky tale of war-time intrigue that will keep you scrolling to escape from screaming. I read and enjoyed this eBook in pdf format.
Queen of Hearts is a blend of so many things that it really held my interest. It had elements of Dick Tracy, Psycho, The Godfather, and more recently, Shutter Island. If you enjoy suspenseful stories set during WWII (stateside) that have moments where you'll feel like you're as scared as the heroine is, then you'll love this story. I personally prefer romantic elements in romantic suspense, and this story had a lot of that, too. It was tasty enough to keep me reading. I was seriously torn and unsure for quite a while about who the bad guy was. At different times I liked them both. The author did a fabulous job of making you want her to run from both of them on occasion since each man told her the other guy was dangerous. It wasn't super-obvious who the real enemy was, and I loved that. It had me guessing for most of the story and I was terrified along with her. Those elements in this novel that reminded me of Shutter Island were eerie, but so well done that I couldn't stop reading. It is obvious that the author understands mental institutions and their histories. That made the setting even more authentic to me. Did I mention the mob involvement and dead bodies? Oy, this story had it all. It was a great read and highly entertaining, but also contained a faith element that was impossible to miss. I highly recommend this story. It's a terrific debut.
Fish and water voles. Some herbs. Warm rocks to rest on.