Still, Miranda loves the salt air, the craggy coastline, and, most of all, the work of the island's beloved local painter, Suzanna White. Miranda wants to stay-to claim a life of her own, to paint again. But the longer she stays, the more her fascination with Owen increases. Why is there a painting of his stern, handsome face in the art gallery by the beach? And why is everyone so afraid of him?
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4 Mystical Stars! ...an energetic mystery with a sweet romance... The Review: This was such a great read. It had an energetic mystery with a sweet romance and an amazing, lively cast of characters. I really enjoyed this one from beginning to end... Story/Characters... Miranda Lewis is running from an abusive relationship. For the past year, she’s let one man consume and control her life but when she’s finally had enough, she takes off in hopes of a peace that’s been missing for far too long. Something pulls her to stop in a picturesque town on an island off the Maine coast where she finds mysteries and art and the love of one townswoman steeped so deep into the town's core, she can’t help but want to discover more as she’s trying desperately to also discover herself once again. Add on top of that a viking like man who fascinates her and she soon finds herself as much an intricate part of the island as the locals. This book had an entire cast of magnetic and formidable characters. Every one of them stood out for one reason or another and I enjoyed getting to know them and guess at the secrets they were hiding. The death of a beloved local sends this sweet romance into an incredibly well played mystery that kept me guessing most of the way through the book. Miranda was a determined heroine who was strong and capable and her viking of a man, Owen, was shy and sweet, but he was suffering speculation, guilt, regret and sorrow as an entire town blamed him for the murder of their beloved. And then there’s Suze. Through the author's telling of Suze, she became lifelike, taking on a vibrant personality so real, it was as if she was still physically there, hovering between the pages. I guess in a way she was. The town lived and breathed Suze and she was woven into every part of their lives. The author brought that out and she felt as real as Owen, Miranda and the rest of the living cast in this book. I enjoyed the enchanting way the author laid out the symbolism, the red herrings, the mystery and especially the odd occurrences, which gave this book a supernal feel. Downside... There really wasn’t a lot to complain about with this read. I enjoyed most everything about it. But I did think the ending was rushed and too conveniently laid out. The author had a chance to put some real emotional angsts and some real drama in there with a hint of danger as the ending played out but instead it was a bit syrupy and too well put together. Other than that, it was a solid read. The Wrap Up: This was my first book by this author and I enjoyed the writing style and the story enough that I’ll definitely be checking out her other works.
Miranda Lewis leaves her abusive partner Rhys and travels from New Haven, Connecticut to Fall Island, Maine. She stops there for the night and decides to stay and start a new life. She gets a job at the Widow's Walk pub, makes friends, and rekindles her passion for painting through her new-found muse, the dead Suzanna White. Miranda even discovers passion of a different kind with blond "Viking god" Owen Larsen. All the while, she lives in constant fear of Rhys showing up on her doorstep; even though she's left him, she still isn't free. Owen, too, is under the spell of someone from his past. Will he ever be free to move on with Miranda? Miranda's story is interesting, but the development of her relationship with Owen is unrealistic. She's a victim of abuse, running from a violent man straight into the arms of a stranger who is feared by everyone in his own home town. And Owen is supposedly still obsessed with his previous lover, yet he finds Miranda irresistible. It's also hard to reconcile Miranda's behavior (her outgoing dress style, her penchant for sexy lingerie, and her initiating sexual activity) with someone just coming out of an abusive relationship. Warnings: explicit sex scenes, coarse language, violence. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post (13 July): https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/2016/07/set-me-free-by-london-setterby.html