Reading ➿ Under Currents Author Nora Roberts –

Under Currents For Both Zane And Darby, Their Small Town Roots Hold A Terrible Secret Now, Decades Later, They Ve Come Together To Build A New Life But Will The Past Set Them Free Or Pull Them Under Zane Bigelow Grew Up In A Beautiful, Perfectly Kept House In North Carolina S Blue Ridge Mountains Strangers And Even Zane S Own Aunt Across The Lake See His Parents As A Successful Surgeon And His Stylish Wife, Making Appearances At Their Children S Ballet Recitals And Baseball Games Only Zane And His Sister Know The Truth, Until One Brutal Night Finally Reveals Cracks In The Facade, And Zane Escapes For College Without A Thought Of Looking BackYears Later, Zane Returns To His Hometown Determined To Reconnect With The Place And People That Mean So Much To Him, Despite The Painful Memories As He Resumes Life In The Colorful Town, He Meets A Gifted Landscape Artist Named Darby, Who Is On The Run From Ghosts Of Her Own Together They Will Have To Teach Each Other What It Means To Face The Past, And Stand Up For The Ones They Love. This review can also be found at Carole s Random Life in Books.I had a great time with this book I read quite a few books written by Nora Roberts years ago but had not picked up any in recent years I am now questioning my decision making skills because I have clearly been missing out This was a book that started with a bang and was nearly impossible to put down I honestly enjoyed the experience of reading this book.The book opens in Zane s childhood He is a teenager that shows a lot of promise in baseball He hopes to use his skill in the sport to escape his home life Things are not as perfect at home as they might appear to be to others in their little town His mother has served as the school s PTA president and his father is the chief surgeon at the area hospital Zane, his sister, Britt, and their parents live in the largest home in town and have a very large lifestyle Unfortunately, the reality of their family includes child abuse and domestic violence.I was completely captivated by this book at the start The descriptions of everything Zane and Britt had to endure in their home were so vivid that they felt real to me I felt the pain right along with this group of characters and prayed that things would work out for them The book then jumps in time and it was nice to see Zane and Britt as adults Well adjusted adults with new problems to face.Darby is ready for a new start She is a skilled gardener and landscaper and wants to start up a new business in town Her first client happens to be Zane s aunt Darby forms bonds with the people in town very quickly and is soon an important member of the community When she starts working on Zane s house, things heat up quickly.I really liked the characters in this book Zane and Darby have both overcome terrible events from their past They seem to fit together almost perfectly and have great chemistry I liked how honest these two were with each other and how they seemed to know when to give the other some space Zane is part of a huge family and I really enjoyed seeing those characters both in the early scenes during his teen years and the section that took place in his adulthood This book was exciting Maybe a bit too much in a way I really did enjoy the story but I felt like some of the things that happened were just too unlikely I guess everything in the book could be possible but it felt like was going on than was necessary It is a work of fiction so I just ran with it but I couldn t help but think about how remarkable it would be to have all of these things happen in such a short time frame.I would highly recommend this book to others This book does deal with both domestic violence and child abuse so it might be a difficult story for some readers I thought that the situations in the book were vividly told and handled very well I definitely plan to read from Nora Roberts I received a review copy of this book from St Martin s Press. 4.5 starsYES YES YES This book checked all of my boxes.I read it over three days, and I WISHED I could have curled up on a Saturday and read it all in one piece This book deserves your uninterrupted attention that s how good it was.First of all, at 17% I already teared up.The book was a motional powerhouse, well written, and as always very well plotted, Under Currents was one of my favorite Nora Roberts books to date.Different than other books, the deeply developed characters carried the entire story They were through the roof and awesome in every sense The author took the time, and built a backstory that wove throughout the entire book It wove in and out, until it all came full circle and was much than expected.Under currents literally all the small things that bubble under the surface, hard to see until they explode and bring the ugliness to the foreground and for everyone to see.What I loved about this book was numerous.I loved how much time Zane and Darby had as a couple It s not often that a relationship is getting enough time to really establish itself Half of the book was all about Zane and Darby, their relationship, and their connections with his family and the Lakeview community I loved it all.Some of the side plots really surprised me by the way they were resolved I was Half of the book was all about Zane and Darby, their relationship, and their connections with his family and the Lakeview community I loved it all I was always wondering what was to come next this is not all, is coming It really kept me on the edge of my seat.Zane and Darby were fantastic together Their trust in each other, to accept the other s independence, to support and build each other up it truly was the heart and soul of the entire novel They were a couple that worked for me from beginning to end I m a big lover of banter, well written dialogues, sarcasm and quick retorts and this book had it all.Also the community, and especially Zane s family, their friends and the supporting cast was exceptional I loved them ALL If these kind of small towns really existed in real life I would be moving STAT The underlying message was powerful, important, and never gets old.Abuse in any way, verbally, emotionally or physically is just not ok, and this book covers it all It s heartbreaking at times, but there is always a hopeful and uplifting message right along The entire plot was beautifully crafted From the suspenseful to the emotional Under Currents had it all.A true winner if you ask me, and one of her best one yet. Wherein Ms Roberts delves a bit deeper into mystery suspense and casts diabolical characters with few redeeming qualities Balanced by the easy to see, beautifully landscaped backdrop and admirable characters that the reader wants to be friends with, Under Currents is the quintessential drop everything and bury your head in a book read. Nora Roberts has a gift for writing stories that portray all the intricate dynamics of family the good, the bad, and the ugly Her stories often demonstrate the power of family to either destroy or save lives and frequently deliver a theme of nature vs nurture that I find fascinating I love knowing when I open one of Roberts books that the human spirit of a character may be sorely tested, but the will to survive and persevere over evil will triumph in the end And I appreciate that she often tackles sensitive subjects such as child and spousal abuse with grace, respect, and empathy as she does in Under Currents.I ll briefly touch on the storyline, leaving readers an opportunity to experience this book firsthand as it should be Under Currents is divided into three parts with the first part taking place in the past and the second and third parts picking up the storyline in present time In part one, readers meet Zane Britt Bigelow a brother and younger sister who appear to have it all a picture perfect family living in a picture perfect mansion in a picture perfect part of town But looks are deceiving, and readers quickly learn all is not as it appears as these two children are silently suffering the ultimate betrayal at the hands of those charged with loving and protecting them their parents Until one explosive night when everything changes.Fast forward about twenty years and readers are introduced to Darby McCray a feisty, spirited newcomer who s opening a landscaping business in a small town in the Blue Ridge Mtns of North Carolina After the recent tragic hit run death of her mother, she s looking for a new start far away from an abusive ex husband This is the first time one of Roberts romance suspense heroines has reminded me in mannerisms actions of Eve Dallas, the heroine of her In Death series written as J.D Robb When Zane returns to his hometown to open a law office, the two meet and a slow burn romance begins to flourish And now everything is picture perfect in their lives until ghosts from the past rise to stalk and threaten them Someone is on a mission of revenge, but who s the target As always, Roberts flawlessly weaves family and community and the routine of daily life into a story with emotion, laughter, tears, love, and a strong sense of belonging The characters are relatable and well developed, each playing their role extremely well I will say I would have liked a little reader insight into the inner thoughts of the villain, but I guess the vagueness of him her adds to the suspense for some The setting is authentic I live in N.C and know the area well and rich in details that tease the senses I like the way the title is reiterated in the story as under currents are always present in one form or another, running beneath the surface as evident in this story There are several twists and turns to keep readers on their toes and guessing until the very end While you may or may not be shocked by the final reveal, I think you ll enjoy the journey as this book is an addictive Must Read A special thank you to St Martin s Press for a paperback copy of this arc Reviewed at Cross My Heart Reviews

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