Daughter of Secrets by Denise Daye is now live!
Staying in a haunted Romanian castle is bad. Dying in one is worse.
For quiet accountant Olivia Carter, the fortune she inherits from her late mother’s secret first husband is life-changing. Unaware of her mother’s ties to Romanian fast-food mogul Andrei Rusu, Olivia is baffled when she discovers the billionaire has left everything to her instead of to his own penniless sister Elena in Romania.
Venturing to Europe to meet with the neglected branch of the Rusu family, kind-hearted Olivia is determined to make things right.
But from the moment Olivia arrives, her time in this romantic country of rolling hills and fairytale castles seems doomed…
Kind-hearted tourist guide Christian has a sick mother and four sisters to feed. But with his van one wheel away from the junkyard, business is not exactly booming. So how could he possibly say no to Elena Rusu when she offers him a nice chunk of money to drive an American heiress around? Even if every soul in town knows not to cross paths with Elena…
But when Christian is ordered to drop Olivia off for a stay at the derelict Magura Castle – the most haunted place in all of Romania – Olivia and Christian start to question every detail of her family trip.
NICUnurse’s Review of Daughter of Secrets by Denise Daye
Denise Daye is a new-to-me author. I’m constantly on the hunt for my next new favorite author, so I’m always willing to give someone new a chance. I love a good romantic suspense book, so this book’s blurb hooked me, and I decided to give it a try.
NICUnurse’s Rating: The first thing that wasn’t quite up my alley with this book was the writing style. It felt extremely formal for a contemporary romantic suspense book. After doing a little digging, it seems as if this is the author’s first contemporary romance book. (I could be wrong, but it looks like her other books are historical romance books.) Unfortunately, I’m not a historical romance fan. Looking back at the cover, I realized that also looked more like a historical romance cover than a contemporary. The next issue I had was that it felt like it took a while to really hard time connecting with Olivia. I’m a characters girl, so that was a huge issue for me. I felt like her character could have been fleshed out a little better. And the story seemed to drag in the beginning. I did enjoy Christian’s character, though. His character seemed more well developed compared to Oliva’s. And while it seemed as if the first part of the story dragged, the resolution felt very rushed. And the suspense was very predictable. The premise of this story hooked me, so I would have really loved to see this book with a more balanced storyline, more plot development, and more suspense in the suspense. I know all of that sounds like I hated the book, but that is not true. While I was able to walk away from it for a while, when I did dive back in, I was intrigued enough to finish it. It didn’t feel like a waste of time, rather I was left really wishing the author would have spent a bit more time really working on these things I’ve mentioned. Maybe one day we’ll see a re-release. Maybe not. I still think it has the potential to be more than an okay read if she’d do that.
If you like historical romance books, you’re probably going to enjoy this one more than I did. And if you don’t care for your romantic suspense plots to be too intricate and are okay with one that is a bit predictable, this book will be more your style than mine.
I give Daughter of Secrets 3 out of 5 propellers.
Denise graduated with a master’s in Social Work from an Ivy League school and has spent many years of her life supporting families and individuals in need of assistance. She has always had a passion for writing, but it wasn’t until her own baby boy was born that Denise turned her passion into her profession. Whenever Denise is not typing away on one of her books, you can find her caring for her son (a.k.a. one of the toughest jobs in the world), binging Netflix with her beloved husband, or chasing after her puppy (who should technically be an adult dog by now).
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