Welcome to the Blog Tour for Captured Secrets by Carmen Peone, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
About the Book
Title: Captured Secrets
Series: Seven Tine Ranch Romance #1
Author: Carmen Peone
Publisher: Iron Stream Media
Release Date: March 7, 2023
Genre: Christian Contemporary Western Romance
"Brimming with suspense and adventure, Captured Secrets, is a love story I'll not soon forget. An engrossing tale with all the twists and turns that make a contemporary Western so hard to put down." Debra Whiting Alexander, award-winning author of Zetty
After her parents die in a horrific car accident, Sydney Moomaw is thrust into running their guest ranch in eastern Washington. She soon discovers that her parents were keeping secrets. Why is the ranch in serious debt? Why did her parents allow the insurance to lapse? Why didn’t they tell her about it? And where are their wills? Sydney needs to figure out a way to save the ranch she loves before her sister sells it.
Photographer Trey Hardy arrives at the ranch the same day Sydney’s parents are killed. His working-vacation plans change when he decides to help Sydney save her ranch. But, his offers to help are met with resistance. Her stubbornness and independence are both maddening and alluring.
Amid the tangle of finances, tensions with her sister, and her own grief and anger, Sydney begins receiving threatening notes. They must be from her abusive ex-husband, but he’s in jail. Isn’t he? When a teenager appears at the ranch insisting she is Sydney’s daughter, Sydney finally realizes she’s going to have to start trusting people to help her. Will Trey’s plan work? Can they save her beloved ranch? Can she really have the life she’s dreamed of?
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The story captured my attention from the beginning. The theme of Captured Secrets was hard and gut-wrenching at times due to the abusive aspect of the story. It, however, was handled well without being too graphic. It hit home for me due to my own past experiences.
The setting of the ranch on the reservation was well described and made me feel I was there. The characters are well-developed and real, and the struggles they faced were steeped in loss, danger, and suspense.
The story is a beautiful slow-burn romance with many twists and turns. I laughed at Sydney's wit and stubbornness and Trey's patience and understanding. I loved how God's message came through each bad circumstance and struggle Sydney faced. She was tough and strong even though she had suffered much abuse. Through family, her husband Trey, and friends that supported her in her attempt to save the ranch, she renewed her faith.
The author is a fabulous storyteller. Highly recommended. Keep the tissues handy.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and voluntarily choose to review it. All opinions are my own.
About the Author
Carmen Peone is an award-winning author of Young Adult Adventure and Contemporary Western Romance and lives in northeast Washington state and on the Colville Confederated Indian Reservation with her husband. She had worked with a Tribal Elder, Marguerite Ensminger, for three years learning the Arrow Lakes Language and various cultural traditions, which led to her writing career. With a degree in abnormal psychology, the thought of writing never entered her mind, until she married her husband and they moved to the reservation after college. With the love of history and the western woman’s lifestyle, she weaves threads of hope, family, relationships, love, and faith into her stories. Sign up for her newsletter and receive her novella, Gentling the Cowboy for Free.
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(3) winners will each receive a signed (or Amazon ebook) copy of Captured Secrets (winner's choice), a $15 Amazon gift card, and a photo greeting card related to the book and taken by the author!
Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight March 7, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on March 14, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.
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