Back Cover Blurb:
Someone is watching . . .
As a young widow, all Elaina Bryant wants is a fresh start. Determined to put ten painful years behind her, she returns to her hometown and moves in with her sister, Natalie. Elaina soon accepts a job working at a small bookstore owned by the handsome Ryan Hill and his mother. Despite her reluctance to become romantically involved with anyone, she is drawn to Ryan and finds herself falling in love.
But someone isn’t happy with Elaina’s new life and is watching her every move. Her tormenter seems determined to destroy her sanity and her future, but Elaina can’t convince anyone the threat is real. Natalie is preoccupied with her own blossoming romance, and their friend Peter, a police officer, seems to believe the threat has been manufactured in Elaina’s own mind as a result of her guilt and grief.
Now Elaina’s plans for a new start are crashing down around her. She knows she will have to find the answers before she can overcome the past and enjoy love and happiness again. But how can she protect those she loves when she doesn’t know whom to trust?
I have to start off by saying the cover of Double Deceit is great and it made me curious to know what would happen. Stephanie did a good job of planting seeds of doubt and questions that kept me guessing about each of the characters and their motivations. The emotional turmoil Elaina is going through is described in great detail so that I felt real sympathy for her and anger at her creepy husband, Spencer.
At some points, the story dragged a bit as I read about Elaina going through mundane tasks. I realize this is a tricky area of writing, you want life to appear normal for the character and still keep it exciting and realistic. For writers, I would suggest summarizing some of the day to day activities and don't feel like you have to narrate every single moment of the day.
The twist was well-executed and Stephanie did a great job of foreshadowing. I guessed part of the reveal so it was fun for me to be in the know and see when the rest of the characters would figure it out and what would happen.
Double Deceit is Stephanie's second novel and I look forward to seeing what this author has up her sleeve next!
Stephanie is running a contest on her blog in conjunction with this blog tour. Visit http://shumphreys.blogspot.com
to enter and then stop at each of these blogs to read more about Double Deceit.
August 15 - Maria Hoagland http://mariahoagland.blogspot.
August 16 - Heather Gardner http://fireandice.blogspot.com
August 17 - Rachelle Christensen http://rachellewrites.
August 18 - Jane Still http://janeisfeldstill.
August 19 - Deborah Davis http://debbiesinkspectations.
August 22 - Renae Mackley http://renaeswritespot.
August 23 - Cindy Hogan http://cindymhogan.blogspot.
August 24 - Matthew Tandy http://matthewtandy.blogspot.
August 25 - Taffy Lovell http://sweeterthantaffy.
August 26 - Kathy Habel http://iamareadernotawriter.
August 29 - Don Carey http://donaldjcarey.com
August 30 - Teri Rodeman http://terirodeman.blogspot.
August 31 - Cathy Witbeck http://cathywitbeck-
Sept. 1 - Shelly Seele http://seeshelwrites.blogspot.
Sept. 2 - Tristi Pinkston http://tristipinkston.
Disclaimer: I received a complementary copy of this book for review purposes, but this does not affect the review which are always my own opinion.