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Should some secrets stay buried?
For as long as Cassie Hunt can remember her Aunt Aggie has spoken about the forgotten world that exists just below their feet, in the tunnels and catacombs of the Sand House. The story is what inspired Cassie to become an archaeologist.
But Aggie has a secret that she’s buried as deep as the tunnels and when excavation work begins on the site, Cassie is the only one who can help her keep it. With the assistance of her old university friend, Noah Flanagan, she puts into action a plan to honour Aggie’s wishes.
It seems the deeper Noah and Cassie dig, the more shocking the secrets uncovered – and danger is never far away, both above and below the ground …
I found this story an absolutely fascinating read – especially as my son-in-law grew up in the area where much of the story is based and we live not too far away. The story itself is packed with mystery, intrigue and suspense as archaeologist Cassie returns home from Italy after discovering her beloved Aunt Aggie, who brought her and her sister up, is terminally ill and asking for her. Aunt Aggie has kept a shocking secret from the sisters but now reveals it to Cassie, asking her to recover what she’d left behind in the catacombs of the Sand House. To do this, Cassie will need to gain access to the site which is being excavated before those working on the site. She discovers the person in charge of the excavation is her old university friend and secret crush, Noah Flanagan, when they meet again in a laugh out loud incident. Can she enlist his help? Can she trust him to keep her Aunt’s secret? What else is going on and why is she in danger? You’ll just have to read it yourself to find out!
The character development in this story is brilliant, making it easy to relate to both Cassie and Noah. There’s plenty of laugh out loud moments as well as dramatic incidents to keep the reader entertained and enthralled. There’s even an element of second chance romance and romantic suspense in the story as events from the past impinge on current events. It is a real page turner that I thoroughly enjoyed and I’ll certainly be looking out for more from this author in future. An added bonus are the images from the Sand House that are shared after the story, including some of the key sculptures mentioned in the story.
I was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
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Author Bio –
Lynda is a wife, step-mother and grandmother who grew up in the mining village of Bentley, Doncaster, in South Yorkshire..
She is currently the Sales Director of a stationery, office supplies and office furniture company in Doncaster, where she has worked for the past 28 years. Prior to this she’d also been a nurse, a model, an emergency first response instructor and a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor … and yes, she was crazy enough to dive in the sea with sharks, without a cage.
Following a car accident in 2008, Lynda was left with limited mobility in her right arm. Unable to dive or teach anymore, she turned to her love of writing, a hobby she’d followed avidly since being a teenager.
Her own life story, along with varied career choices, helps Lynda to create stories of romantic suspense, with challenging and unpredictable plots, along with (as in all romances) very happy endings.
She lives in a small rural hamlet near Doncaster, with her ‘hero at home husband’, Haydn, whom she’s been happily married to for over 20 years.
Lynda joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association in 2014 under the umbrella of the New Writers’ Scheme and in 2015 her debut novel House of Secrets won Choc Lit’s Search for a Star competition. Lynda writes for both Choc Lit and Ruby Fiction.
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