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Friday, December 21, 2018


Toni DeLuca, the Italian owner of DeLuca Construction, finds herself confronted with doubts about her father and his possible deceptions—all because of the mysterious pink notes she's been receiving.

Relations with Perrin Douglas who has a troubling history—but the first man in years who's interested her—is building to a peak. Yet Perrin's own personal problems and his doubts about women and God, keep getting in the way.

Gossip, a Spanish proposal, an inheritance, and a sabotaged construction business may ruin Christmas for Toni's employees as well as her own happiness.

Will a mysterious person succeed in pulling off the biggest scam Appleton, West Virginia has ever seen? And will this culprit destroy Toni's last chance at happiness with the man of her dreams?

Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. An author of ten books, she loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?


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I really enjoyed the book and the wonderful characters.  Toni is a very likable character. She has taken over as boss of Deluca Construction when her dad passed away.  She has big shoes to fill since her father is gone. There is something really fishy going on when Toni gets threatening letters at the office. There are materials missing and jobs being sabotaged as well. Who is trying to destroy Deluca's reputation?

Perrin has just moved to town and decides to hire Deluca Construction but is having second thoughts. He has  heard some rumors that don't look favorable to the company. I think he may also have a problem with a woman being the owner. Perrin has been through a lot and his trust in women has vanished. Will he give Toni and her company a chance?

I loved the description the author gave about construction being a type of art. I never really thought about it, but construction is an image that someone designed and built. The materials used  are carefully selected and the crew sets to work to bring to live a form of art. I would hire Toni just because of how passionate she is about her job. 

My favorite character in the story is Blake. His father Perrin has discouraged him from going to church but you can tell the hunger he has for a better relationship with God. Blake seems years older than twelve and has a heart of gold. I liked the closeness he had with Toni. As Blake opens up to Toni about his mom's death, we get a glimpse into how hurt his dad has been. Blaming yourself for an accident can cause you to not trust, become bitter and lose sight of your faith. The story is a wonderful example of how to surrender to God and learn to love again. It's a great lesson in forgiveness and a wonderful mystery all rolled up in a wonderful book. You don't want to miss the ending and find out who has been behind all the mysterious accidents and threats against Toni. 

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

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