Sunday, September 30, 2018

Redeeming Lies by Samantha St. Claire

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Redeeming Lies
by Samantha St. Claire

ISBN-13: 9781732736702
ebook: 242 pages
Publisher: River's End Books
Released: Sept. 20, 2018

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description, Modified from NetGalley:
Maddie Jennings' father is a scam artist who has used his daughter’s talent for reading people. When her father’s fortunes improve, he enrolls her in Miss Emma Willard’s School for Young Ladies where she begins a progressive education in both academics and society. Then her father unexpectedly withdraws her, taking her with him on a desperate flight from deadly repercussions for a scam gone wrong.

Her father hurriedly explains that they are being pursued by both the Pinkerton Agency and the vindictive Sicilian family. When a heart attack takes his life at a small station in Idaho Territory, she must change her identity, take the money, and run for her life. On the north-bound train to Ketchum, Maddie meets a young doctor, David Reynolds, who is also running from something-a woman he can never possess. Maddie, now trapped in her false identity by the indiscretions of her father, can neither afford to reveal her true nature nor allow her attraction to the doctor to distract her from the need to simply survive.

My Review:
Redeeming Lies is a romance set in 1889 in the Idaho Territory. This novel is the fourth in a series. Characters from the previous novels play a role in this one (so you may be interested in Alena's continuing story), but you don't need to read the previous novels to understand this one.

Much of the story was about Maddie settling into a little town under an assumed name and making good friends that help her to trust others. She used her skill to read people to help her friends, but she feels burdened by her father's guilt--especially since people are after the stolen money in her possession. The ending was an exciting sequence of people trying to get the money and her friends helping keep her safe while bringing bad guys to justice. Very fun. The characters were likable and acted realistically. Historical details like the Pinkerton's and the teachings at the Willard’s School were woven into the story.

There was no sex. There was no bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable story.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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