Monday, December 19, 2016

Secrets of Greenoak Woods by Brenda Davies

Secrets Of Greenoak Woods
by Brenda Davies

My rating: 4 stars

Publication Date: November 9, 2016
Publisher: Brenda Davies
Genre: Historical Romance
Print Length: 426 pages
Available from: Amazon
Cornwall 1816
Benjamin is a young farm labourer, a reticent man living a solitary life. Tormented by a childhood trauma he is misunderstood and scorned by the villagers of St. Merryn, including Mary the woman he loves. His desire for Mary is tearing him apart because she loves Samuel - a man he hates.

Passionate and vital, farmers daughter Mary will never break the promise made to her dying mother, to always protect her younger sister. But a series of dreadful events leave the sisters with a dark secret that will deliver them straight to the gallows if discovered.

Benjamin finds the courage to offer Mary the protection she needs, but how far will she go to keep her secret safe? His battle with Samuel for her affections have tragic consequences and everybody's secrets and betrayals - not just Mary's - are laid bare.

Set against the untamed splendour of the Cornish coast and the timeless rhythm of farming life is a passionate story of love, loss and dark secrets.

Secrets of Greenoak Woods by Brenda Davies

Secrets Of Greenoak WoodsIt was the early nineteenth century, a time when life was tough, short and superstitions and morals were fodder for gossip and condescension. A time when a traumatized child could become the butt of raw cruelty, causing him to grow into a reclusive man, good enough for hard labor, but not for marrying or befriending. It was a time when SECRETS OF GREENOAK WOODS could ruin reputations and lives as one cad tells his flowery lies to the innocent young ladies to get his way.

Benjamin, alone in life was secretly in love with Mary, the daughter of a successful farmer. Mary’s heart and body belonged to Samuel, a young man with good looks, charm and the morals of Satan, himself. When fate finally catches up with Samuel's smuggling days, he is forced to join a war faraway, leaving behind all of the girls he used, including Mary, who finds herself not the only young woman with child and no husband in their town. In a moment of true courage and raw love, Benjamin offers to marry her to save both her reputation and that of the unborn child.

As beautiful and rare as his gift to her was, Mary is determined to look down her nose at the man who loves her, but settles in to keep her vows. What if Samuel ever returned? What would she do when, as she believed he would come for her hand? Will she once again turn her back on Benjamin or has she seen too much to ever believe in Samuel again?

Love comes in strange ways, often sneaking in when one least expects it, and often being crushed by reality and life. Author Brenda Davies gives a finely detailed version of life centuries past, from the closed minds, the double standards and the power men have over women. There is no doubt as to who the role of villain belongs or to whom the title of hero should be bestowed. Broken hearts, lives destroyed and a village that comes to life with its own set of issues among its citizens. Feel the atmosphere of days long past, the speech mannerisms and the fear of the small minds and wagging tongues. A good read that does not ask you to like all of the characters or their actions!

I received this copy from Brenda Davies in exchange for my honest review.

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