Realistic with true-to-life characters and an original premise, APPALACHIAN PREY grabs the attention and never lets go. I was immediately captivated by how genuine the setting plus people were at all times. Debbie Herbert certainly makes the Appalachian locale come across as very credible, and the manner in which several individuals were determined to do things their way also seemed to fit their personalities. The author had me believing in every situation that arose, regardless of whether the event was filled with danger or only expressing emotional concerns. APPALACHIAN PREY is one of the best Harlequin Intrigue stories I have read in a very long time.
Though Lilah Tedder had not lived on Lavender Mountain for twelve years, she still vividly remembers growing up poor and being ridiculed because of her family’s reputation. After a visit three months earlier, she had not intended to return again so soon. But the recent murder of her father has brought her back to the Appalachian Mountains in Georgia to settle his estate.
On her last trip to the area, Lilah had hooked up with Harlan Sampson, a local deputy. She thought there was something special between them, but his actions proved otherwise. When she finds herself pregnant several months later, she was just going to keep the information to herself because she realized Harlan would never want to be in a permanent relationship with her. Yet when he learns of how much danger Lilah is in, neither her protests or the comments of other people will stop him from watching out for her.
There is the mystery of who killed Lilah’s father at the start of the story, and the number of unknowns continues to rise. Clues about who could be responsible for the killing and why can be found throughout the book, and I kept changing my mind about possible motives. When other questions crop up later on, I was even more uncertain about what secrets were being hidden on Lavender Mountain. Debbie Herbert expertly kept me in suspense as the story played out and answers were finally revealed.
The relationship of Harlan and Lilah is not at all typical, and these two have so many challenges to overcome. From outside influences and opinions to their own perceived thoughts, it did not seem as though there was any way they could ever end up together. So I eagerly kept reading to discover what hurdle they would face next. I really liked Harlan and Lilah, as both are truly nice people trying to do what is best for themselves plus those for whom they care. But many residents in the community have formed their own ideas, and nothing will change their minds. I really felt for Lilah on so many occasions, and I hurt right along with her. Harlan had to dig deep within himself for how his future will turn out, and I anxiously waited for his decision. This is the first book about fascinating people living in Appalachia, and I cannot wait to read the second book.
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Publisher: Harlequin Intrigue
Releases: January 16, 2018
Author website: http://www.debbieherbert.com/
Rating: 5 Stars