Lonestar Secrets hooked me in the first chapter by introducing a mother and daughter I could care about, and a mystery that intrigued me. Shannon and her daughter Kylie are struggling to start a new life in Shannon’s old hometown, and secrets from the past threaten to destroy their lives. Despite the problems she faces, Shannon learns to trust other people, including Jack MacGowan, the man who was responsible for ruining her reputation in high school.
The one thing that kept me from loving this book was that I didn’t find the conflict between Shannon and Jack MacGowan realistic. What he did to hurt Shannon as a teenager seemed trivial compared to what many teens experience, and I didn’t feel it provided a basis for believable conflict between them as adults. Everything seemed to get resolved too easily, except for the ending, which I did not anticipate.
Though I chose this book thinking the romance aspect would be the main appeal, I liked the mystery more than the romance. There is a romantic theme involved, but I felt it was too predictable to hold my interest. The subplot involving Shannon’s friend Mary Beth was what kept me reading.
Overall, I recommend this book.
Disclaimer: Thomas Nelson provided this book for review. The opinion expressed is my own.