(A Fairly Western Tale Book 1)
“Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive”.
STORY-LINE AT THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT BY KATE PALMER:
Ella Fairfax father’s will stipulated she must complete her master’s degree before her 25th birthday or lose her inheritance of Diamond Hallow Ranch. Ella Fairfax is running out time. Step-mother Lucinda seems to always place stumbling blocks in front of Ella’s college degree. Also, Lucinda has leased Diamond Hallow with an option to buy to the Woodland Homes Foundation and head COO Jonas Stone Duke, Jr.
Ella always believes the best of everyone; including scheming Lucinda. Head of the Woodland Homes Foundation, Jonas, seeking refuge from his notoriety has taken resident at Diamond Hallow. He and Ella have a bang-up beginning, neither telling the other who they are. Ella must keep her presence secret from step-mother Lucinda to finish her degree without interference; Stone is seeking relief from his notoriety and a much-deserved rest. Stone has found in the past once someone knows he’s identified, they treat him differently.
Each with different, but good reasons, for keeping their identity secret will find all does not go well. Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive. What follows is an intensely emotional story. Come along with Ella and Stone as they journey from strangers to love, solve mysteries, try to save the ranch, and stop an evil culprit from winning.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
Primarily a sweet clean romance, author Kate Palmer infused this book with a modern fairy-tale quality. Included in this tale, we find the wicked step-mother and step-sister, along with nefarious deeds. Along with a cast of caring secondary characters, who support Ella, this book‘s a feel-good read.
Furthermore, Palmer had many threads to bring together to form a solid novel which she did skillfully. The plotting has twists and turns, and the pace is steady and smooth. Kate Palmer hooks the reader quickly and does not let go until the end of the book. The story-line never slowed or lagged. The reader realizes the deception quickly Ella and Stone have used will not go well; causing relationship problems in the future. With strong people having sterling qualities, the reader falls in love with Ella and Stone. Ella’s character’s strong, yet, full of heart with a good soul. Stone, although strong, has past relationship issues, he must face and resolve before he can find peace and the fullness of love.
Finally in-concluding my sweet clean, contemporary romance book reviews of At The Stroke of Midnight, I found a solid story-line, well-written and containing well-developed characters. This book is a relaxing read with a feel-good happy ever after ending. I became so involved in the story-line, I read this book straight through. I would not hesitate to buy this book for my self or a friend.
AT THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4
FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE:
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