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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Summer’s Song by Allie Boniface

Summer’s Song by Allie Boniface
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (155 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Fennel

What if everything you knew about your past turns out to be…wrong?

Ten years after leaving home, the last thing Summer Thompson expects is to inherit her estranged father’s half-renovated mansion. And the last thing she wants is to face the memories of the night her brother died—sketchy as they may be. Now a San Francisco museum curator, she plans to stay east just long enough to settle the estate and get rid of the house. Until she finds it occupied by a hunky handyman who’s strangely reluctant to talk about his past.

Damian Knight has something to hide: his mother and sister from a brutal stalker. They’ve found a measure of peace and carefully guarded safety in Pine Point. Yet when the lonely, haunted Summer steals his heart, he finds himself opening up to her in ways he should never risk. Especially to a woman who’s planning to return to the west coast—after selling their refuge out from under them.

Summer’s mounting flashbacks leave her confused—and more determined than ever to find out the truth behind her brother’s death. But in a small town full of powerful secrets, confronting the past could cost her the man she loves. Even her life.

Our heroine, Summer Thompson does not want to be back in Pine Point. I like the way Ms. Boniface show’s us who Summer is by using the information on her business card to pass the knowledge on to the reader. Whether intentionally or not, the reader begins making up their mind as to Summer’s personality in the first quarter of the first page. And so the story continues, with an immediacy that keeps the reader turning the page as past secrets unfold and the consequences they had on the small community she returned to are revealed.

Damian Knight has secrets too, but unlike Summer, he knows what his secrets are and what he has to do to protect those he loves. So when Summer Thompson announces she is selling her late father’s house and the rental he just happens to live in, he is none too well-disposed towards her. Nor is he happy that he can’t get her out of his head.

Assumptions, misconceptions, misguided actions on the part of main and secondary characters alike, ensure the reader will stay glued to the page to the end to unravel all the intertwining threads of mystery. But when the truth is uncovered will Damien and Summer's relationship survive the fallout?

Ms. Boniface's fluid writing and vivid imagery work as strongly on the scene setting as they do on her characters, and make for a clever and intriguing read. For me this book is a keeper.