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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

No Darker Heaven by Stella Whitelaw

No Darker Heaven by Stella Whitelaw
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length:  Full (275 pgs)
Heat:  Sensual
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by Poppy

Lyssa Pasten is torn between loving two men -- Matthew Arnold, her new fiancé, and Jethro, Matthew's often-absent father.

Lyssa and Jeth fight against their mutual attraction for Matthew's sake and the sake of her small daughter, Bethany, who has a very rare disorder called RAS (renal artery stenosis).

Hollow House, the Sussex family home, becomes the backdrop for drama and pain, passion and delight.

When Jeth suddenly goes missing, Lyssa knows she has to follow her heart and find him.

With twists I didn't expect, No Darker Heaven turned out to be a very enjoyable romance!  This story takes place in London, where Lyssa lives with her young daughter. She is engaged to Matthew, a man she likes, but doesn’t really love.  He's a good man, kind and stable and loyal and she believes they'll be happy together.

On a visit to his home in Sussex, she meets his aunt, whom she learns to adore, and his forty-four year old father, Jeth. She has to stay there longer than she had intended when her daughter comes down with the measles. During her stay, she desperately tries to fight the attraction she feels for Jeth. She doesn't want to be unfaithful to Matthew, or to hurt him at all.

One evening late, she responds to an kiss from Jeth. He then accuses her of being a gold digger and threatens to tell Matthew her secret:  she hadn't been married to her daughter's father, even though that's the story she's told her fiancé.

At this point, I thought this was going to be another ho-hum story, and almost put it down for a while.  If I hadn't chosen this book to review, I might have stopped, but I pushed on through and I'm really glad I did, because things began to happen that were extremely unexpected.

There were twists and turns and unusual happenings:  adventure, a trip to Bali and more. I had to keep reading just to see what was going on. I found that I really enjoyed this story more than I had expected. It really was well written, and full of surprises.

I recommend reading No Darker Heaven... just remember to give yourself a few chapters to really get involved in the characters and story.  You won't be sorry you did.