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Dianne Venetta is the award-winning author of contemporary romance and cozy mystery novels, including Jennifer's Garden, winner of Best in Romance for 2012 Indie Discovery Awards. When not knee-deep in romance, she contributes gardening advice to various websites and publications and has been featured on GalTime, Huffington Post, Earth Eats (Indiana Public Radio), eHow and Ideal Home Garden among others.
She lives in Central Florida with her husband and two children. When not whacking away at her keyboard you'll find her in their organic garden chasing grasshoppers and plucking hornworms all while drawing wild analogies between kids and plants and men. Definitely men. A girl's gotta have fun, right?
Dianne also enjoys volunteering in school gardens and has begun a children's series chronicling her adventures called Wild Tales & Garden Thrills. It's a crazy existence to be sure, but at the end of the day, if she can inspire someone to stop and smell the roses--or rosemary!--kiss their child and spouse good-night, be kind to a neighbor and Mother Earth, then she's done all right.
on July 17, 2013 :
*** I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***
If you liked “Ladd Springs” the first novel in this series then “Ladd Fortune” will have you will on the edge of you seat with move developed characters and new plot twists. I likened the first book to the Hatfield and McCoy’s but this book is more like reading an episode of “All My Children”. Venetta has found her stride and writes family drama superbly. When money, land or promises enter the picture people whether related or not show their true colors and this book captures that essence beautifully.
What I appreciated in this book was that the romance between Delany and Nick took a back seat and the lesser characters from book one were more prominent. This gave a more rounded view of the family and showed how deep certain emotions and betrayal really ran. Not to say that there isn’t a new romance or two on the horizon, but to not give away any spoilers that will be all that I say on that front.
I was able to see how fragile Casey is while her mother Annie tends to be stubborn and ultimately wants to protect her child. The hunky twins enter the scene and Jeremiah; well let’s just say he is a true fiend. I truly felt like Delaney was just a tad greedy in the beginning trying to take all the land when it was really Ernie’s to give to whom ever he chose but after this installment I have become more of a fan.
All in all I liked this book more then the first and it truly is a stunning sequel. The author did an amazing job of giving not only a wholesome but also riveting story. There are still some lingering questions hanging out there but I am positive that the third book “Hotel Ladd” will give the perfect ending. I for one can’t wait for the release!!
(reviewed long after purchase)