Thursday, February 26, 2015

Where Secrets Sleep - Marta Perry

Where Secrets Sleep
Marta Perry
Harlequin HQN, Feb 24 2015, $7.99
ISBN: 9780373779604

Interior designer Allison Standish plans a week away to clean up the affairs of her recently deceased grandmother she never met and sell her inheritance Blackburn House.  However, when she sees her boss sleeping with her boyfriend, Allison leaves Philadelphia immediately for Laurel Ridge. 

In the Amish town, Allison finds Blackburn House filled with stores and offices; and that her grandma’s will includes a stipulation that she successfully manages the house for a year before she inherits the property outright to dispose of it anyway she wants.  Allison befriends quilt shop owner Sarah Bitler; and is attracted to Mayor Nick Whiting a carpenter.  However not every local welcomes the big city outsider with an unknown using any means to drive Allison back to Philadelphia.

Moving from her “Watcher In The Dark” trilogy (see Abandon The Dark, Home by Dark and Search The Dark), Marta Perry authors a delightful romantic intrigue anchored once again in Amish country (see the Plain series).  Allison keeps the storyline focused as she makes new friends, finds love and wears a bull’s-eye that someone targets.  Although the suspense is somewhat low-keyed, Where Secrets Sleep is a pleasant thriller.

Harriet Klausner

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