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Overview: Welcome to Twisted Cedars, Oregon, home to the best-selling author Dougal Lachlan. He has returned home for a couple of reasons. One: his baby sister is getting married to the former star quarterback, who has a secret Dougal is well aware of. And two: someone is feeding him some insider information about a series of murders that took place in the mid-seventies. With the help of the local librarian, Charlotte Hammod, can he find the truth about the crimes? And can he save his sister from making a big mistake?
Story Telling: Mrs. Carmichael has merged both romance novels with mysteries in this book. Thankfully, it isn’t a Harlequin romance.
Likes: The fact that Dougal and his mother kept getting letters from his father tied perfectly into the end.
Charlotte was at least honest about why she couldn’t accept her marriage proposal from Wade.
I’d like to thing that Daisy was reaching out to Dougal. You’ll understand when you finally see Daisy.
Dislikes: Jamie seemed unable to see her own shame about her family. Yes, Dougal was ashamed of where he lived. But, she seemed to be ashamed that he had moved away. Also, she didn’t seem to give Dougal any choice other than: ‘bless my marriage, or don’t come to the wedding.’ Only to get angry when he didn’t show.
Kyle and his father need help with their priorities. Neither one of them seemed to understand that it was wrong to hurt people in order to get what they want.
Favorite Character: Stella had a great attitude. She helped cover for Kate Lachlan when the family needed the help.
Favorite Quote: This is so true. “Every tragedy left misery in its wake.”
Favorite Scene: It was beautiful when Dougal spent the time with Ruth Fraser, the fourth victim’s mother. He let her express the better memories of Isabel, and not overly focus on her nightmare.
Conclusion: This was a wonderful story. There is something about that will attract those who enjoy romances or mysteries. Personally, I think everyone ought to try this one.