Saturday, 15 February 2020

THE ART OF INHERITING SECRETS BY BARBARA ONEAL.

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BOOK DESCRIPTION
When Olivia Shaw’s mother dies, the sophisticated food editor is astonished to learn she’s inherited a centuries-old English estate—and a title to go with it. Raw with grief and reeling from the knowledge that her reserved mother hid something so momentous, Olivia leaves San Francisco and crosses the pond to unravel the mystery of a lifetime.
One glance at the breathtaking Rosemere Priory and Olivia understands why the manor, magnificent even in disrepair, was the subject of her mother’s exquisite paintings. What she doesn’t understand is why her mother never mentioned it to her. As Olivia begins digging into her mother’s past, she discovers that the peeling wallpaper, debris-laden halls, and ceiling-high Elizabethan windows covered in lush green vines hide unimaginable secrets.
Although personal problems and her life back home beckon, Olivia finds herself falling for the charming English village and its residents. But before she can decide what Rosemere’s and her own future hold, Olivia must first untangle the secrets of her past.

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Release date 


JULY 17, 2018



MY REVIEW

Oh, wow! I loved this world that O'Neal builds. Seriously, I've been hungry for Indian food since I've read it. Can I go to Coriander and have dinner with Pavi? Ha, that's called exquisite world building. O'Neal creates an English village that becomes real to you as you read about this journey of an American woman plunged into an inheritance she's ill-prepared to receive. Heartbroken over her mother's death and side-swiped by the inheritance of a ruined English manor, the new Lady Olivia Shaw is puzzled to find herself in an English village surrounded by people who would see her sell the lands and ruins she's inherited. But she's received more than ancestral manor, she's discovered a mystery set up by her late mother. In order to find the "gold at the end of the rainbow", she'll have to sift through her history, room by ruined room to find the truth about her mother, her family and her past. Add in a sexy Indian thatcher (Samir), a talented restauranteur (Pavi), a kind Earl, and a willful house renovator, and you're set for several hours of entertainment. Not to mention, O'Neal shows exactly why she's a Hall of Fame author with her beautiful language and perfect pacing in this story of past, present and a future that Olivia Shaw never could have imagined.

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