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Author: Eloise De Sousa
Genre: Adult Romance, Crime, Suspense
Note: Ms. De Sousa provided me with this book for an honest review and that’s what you will receive here following.
I immediately liked and felt a kinship with Amanda Glenson, and her five year old son, Zachary at the very start of the book. They live in London where she is a legal assistant at a prestigious law firm. Amanda has a chance encounter with the sexy Alex Edwards, a consulting attorney, at work on Monday morning that left me wanting to see more of where their relationship was headed. Without warning on that fated day, Amanda is forced to confront the past she ran away from years before.
Amanda and Zachary travel to exotic Zimbabwe, the home of her birth, all the while clinging to the hope that the ghosts of her past will finally be laid to rest. Unaware of Amanda’s history, Alex accompanies them as they are both tasked in assisting with the land sale of a prominent client for the law firm. I could see right away that Amanda and Alex were drawn to one another, while the mystery behind her previous life unraveled before my eyes.
I was impressed with the delightful descriptions of Zimbabwe that De Sousa liberally scattered throughout her writing. I was visiting a far off land through her eyes. It was as if I could smell the heady fragrance of the Jacaranda blossoms she describes in great detail. Those same details gave me a sense of being part of the story because of the empathy I felt for the characters. Amanda’s family was a nightmare, and to see her battle through to the bitter end was enlightening to me.
Just when I thought I had the story figured out, De Sousa would drag me back into the suspense by introducing more twists to the plot. The title, “Deception,” skillfully blends all of those twists and turns into a story that reveals much about learning to accept love and learning how to trust again. I was genuinely sorry when the story ended. I wanted more.
I enjoyed the portrayal of the characters, which like in many families, had numerous faults to deal with. It was the realization that the deepest deceptions are sometimes caused by family that really hit a sensitive nerve in my heart. Trust is a hard thing to regain after past transgressions and De Sousa handles this message splendidly.
I enjoyed this book and the characters greatly. I am looking forward to a sequel of “Deception” which would recreate the lives of Alex and Amanda in another setting. It would be nice to revisit their relationship under different circumstances.
“Deception” is exciting from the start to the finish. If you enjoy adult romance, mystery, and suspense this book will tug at your heart while reminding you how special true love really is.
Author: Eloise De Sousa
Realistic Characterization: 4/5
Made Me Think: 3/5
Overall enjoyment: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4.0
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