"Heartwarming and Moving"
Reviewed by Jessica Dunn
Posted September 23, 2012
Multicultural Contemporary Fiction
Kara Newell's life has just been turned inside out. It
started with a certified letter from an attorney in
Charleston, South Carolina. The attorney informed her that
she was requested to be at the reading of one Taylor
Patton's will. Kara was adamant that she had no
relationship with and no knowledge of Mr. Patton but the
attorney insisted and so Kara finds herself far away from
her New York City life in South Carolina. When Kara enters
the attorney's office she is greeted unpleasantly by
several pairs of eyes that are identical to hers. According
to the will she is Taylor Patton's daughter and sole heir
to his vast estate. Kara can't believe that the one man she
has known her whole life isn't her biological father. Kara
quickly calls her mother to find out but her mother is
unable to discuss it all she says is the allegations
are true and she will come see her daughter as soon as she
The family attorney asks his cousin and local sheriff,
Jeffrey Hamilton to keep an eye out on Kara; it seems her
newly discovered extended family is none too happy to have
her in town. Jeff is a former marine who gave up his
military career to come back home to the small town and
take care of his grandmother. Back in the small community
Jeff makes it a rule not to date within the community, the
rumor mill is quick and he has no intentions of ever
settling down. As a favor to his cousin Jeff stops by to
check on Kara and he is taken aback by his instant
attraction to her. Jeff offers to show Kara around but his
intentions are to keep it strictly neighborly.
ANGELS LANDING is a heartwarming novel about a woman who
discovers her life isn't what she thought it was. Not only
does Kara discover her paternity but she uncovers her Gullah
heritage. The story builds with excitement as a mystery
unfolds when Kara begins to restore her family estate and
is plagued by someone trying to harm her. I found Jeff sexy
and charming and enjoyed seeing how he starts off telling
himself he is just helping out Kara and keeping an eye on
her but he starts breaking his own rules and their dates
become something more. I began to wonder if Jeff would be
able to put aside his fears of losing everyone he loves to
give a relationship with Kara a chance? For that matter,
can Kara put aside her notions of who she thought she was
to find the woman she can be with Jeff? I thoroughly
enjoyed ANGELS LANDING and recommend it to all romantics.
Sometimes love can take you by surprise.
Kara Newell has a big-city life that needs a major shake-up.
Her dedication as a social worker is unwavering, yet her
heart tells her that there is more to life than just work.
Kara gets the push she needs when she shockingly inherits a
large estate on an island off the South Carolina coast. Now
the charming town of Angels Landing awaits her . . . along
with a secret family she never knew she had.
After surviving war, loss, and heartbreak, ex-marine Jeffrey
Hamilton takes his position as sheriff of idyllic Cavanaugh
Island very seriously. So he is the perfect person to watch
over the beautiful, confident woman who has turned her new
family's expectations upside down-and stepped into the
crosshairs of angry local residents.
But soon Kara becomes more than just a job to him, and he
begins to need her in ways he never expected. As Kara and
Jeffrey confront the town gossips together, they'll learn to
face their fears and forgive their pasts in order to find a
future filled with happiness in Angels Landing.
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