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By day, Sherrie Hansen operates a Victorian Bed & Breakfast and Tea House, The Blue Belle Inn. By night, she enjoys writing novels, quilting, playing the piano, renovating old houses and traveling. Sherrie and her husband live in Northern Iowa.
on June 23, 2014 :
One has a secret identity. The other has a secret fear. And both are hiding in a fine Scottish world of history, castles, wild flowers, and the internet. Reporter Isabelle thinks she’s too old to be cute, would rather not be cuddly, and certainly doesn’t want to write cute and cuddly travel guides. Meanwhile stonelayer Michael proves able to recognize feelings just as surely as stones. He’s also ridiculously handsome. And neither he nor Isabelle intend to fall in love.
With tales of buried treasure offshore, a castle to be restored, Scots and Welsh Gaelic keeping secrets in the pub, and a lovely minister’s wife who understands but surely can’t understand it all, the stage is set for more than just romance.
More, of course, is precisely what the reader gets with romantic suspense, enjoyable humor, the odd touch of social commentary, and plenty of action and adventure. Author Sherrie Hansen weaves fascinating factoids and wise snippets very naturally into a tale of people keeping secrets, making mistakes, and failing to see what’s on the other side. A cool blend of mystery, humor, romance and suspense, it climbs to a terrifying climax and leaves its readers happily satisfied.
Disclosure: The author kindly gave me a free ecopy and I offer my honest review
(reviewed 51 days after purchase)
on May 03, 2014 :
Filled with intrigue, romance, beautiful descriptions, and real emotions, Blue Belle by Sherrie Hansen, has something for everyone. Sherrie's written representations of the colorful landscapes and breathtaking scenery in her novel bring the Scottish countryside to life.
Her tantalizing illustrations of tasty cuisine described throughout the book place you right in the middle of the story making you hungry for more.
At the heart of the tale, I can absolutely relate to the vulnerability of Isabelle's character. Her struggle with a past regret and wanting to trust again are true feelings we have all faced at some point in our lives.
The element of suspense Sherrie conveys so eloquently kept me reading through Blue Belle as well as Wild Rose and Thistledown. I'm definitely looking forward to her next Wildflower of Scotland novel, Shy Violet.
(reviewed the day of purchase)