by Tracey Smith
My rating: 5 stars
Series: Devereaux Manor Mystery - Book 1
Publication Date: April 3, 2014
Publisher: Tracey Smith
Genre: Adult Romantic Mystery
Print Length: 196 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Maggie had her entire life planned out since the age of twelve, looks like the joke was on her. As all of her carefully laid plans begin to fall apart she jumps at the opportunity to get away and spend a carefree summer down south.
When she arrives at Devereux Manor it all seems too good to be true. The home is beautiful, the town is inviting, and the sexy gardener promises to make this a summer she won't soon forget.
However the more she learns about the elusive Ms. Devereaux she begins to realize that the conveniently placed ad in front of her dorm room may not have been the happy coincidence that it once seemed. Maggie isn't the only one who Ms. Devereaux has lured to the plantation, and Ms. Devereaux isn't the only one with secrets to hide.
A Summer Romance by Tracey SmithMaggie needs to sit back and take a look at her life, the pressures of college, the rift with her family, they’ve become too much. When an ad for a house sitter appears, she grabs at the chance and finds herself deep in the South for the summer, where she can be anyone she wants to be. Her first meeting with the handsome groundskeeper is less than stellar, but she finds she can’t get those eyes out of her mind. Aaron is also new to the area and not well-liked, which seems unusual to Maggie, as he is so kind-hearted and caring. Why has she been warned to steer clear of this amazing man? What is his secret?
Speaking of a mystery, who is this recluse that offers her home to two strangers to care for, sight unseen? There is always gossip in small towns, and rumors that abound, but Ms. Devereaux seems to be keeping her own secrets, too. Three people, three close-held secrets, two hearts learning to beat for one another, will small town gossip and their own secrets tear them apart? Too many mysteries, not enough answers as A Summer Romance by Tracey Smith sets the stage for more additions to this new romantic mystery series.
What started as a warm romance is evolving into an intriguing mystery as Stacey Smith weaves her tale, and the intricate knots get bigger and bigger along the way. Her style is warm, inviting and after the initial world building, which I might add is amazing, the story unfolds each layer, only to show another, slightly different layer below. An incredible job of building up to the ending with several knots left just loose enough to hang on to for the next book in this series! I was hooked on the romance, but as the mystery started to build, I was ready to be reeled in!
I received a review copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.