You can run from everything except your past.
Diana King has moved to Smithfield, North Carolina to start fresh. With a
new look, a new address, and a new name, she's hoping to begin a safe,
quiet life far from the horrors she's endured.
On the painful road to recovery, Diana begins to think she can move
forward … until she meets local farmer, Jonathan Smith, and realizes his
connection to her previous life. While Jon doesn't recognize her, they both
have an undeniable attraction.
Just when Diana begins to see a hope of happiness, she discovers that her
ex-husband Russ is on the hunt and will stop at nothing to get her back.
For Diana holds evidence that could lock him away for life ...
This book has a lot of promise and potential. The plot was interesting, abused woman, escaping her crime lord, abusive husband, in witness protection. She falls in love while recovering and rebuilding her life, with a man who seems to be perfect in all the ways that count.
I felt the first half of the story took too long to build up the stage, and then the ending was a rushed. There were so many secrets, mysteries, and questions left unanswered. It took too long to reveal what had really happened in the past, and what was the connection Jon and Diana had had before. To add to the confusion of riddles, there were too many points of view in the story, his, hers, her ex, his ex, the villain, the hit-man...
The ex-husband was cruel, callous, brutal, and inhuman in his actions. Just sickening to read what he had done to Diana. Was it necessary for Jon and Diana to have connection from before? Some of the many mistakes that were made by the witness protection program made the story unbelievable.
Jon's ex was mean and spiteful, after all her actions, it was hard to believe she was still part of the tight group of friends.
The romance was careful to build up, understandably, since all the drama Diana had experienced in her life, but why does it then suddenly move forward in leaps and bounds?
I have lived in the Asheville, NC area myself for years while going to school, and I wished for some known landmarks, something I could connect with. At least there was one of the many waterfalls they have in North Carolina.
So the story left me a bit baffled, but for a debut novel, it was a good effort, and the second half of the book, when some of the mysteries are finally revealed, the story starts to make sense, and I was able to finish it
~ Two Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me