Above Scandal: A Small Town Secret Baby Romance (Clarence Bay Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Many families have deep buried secrets they plan to keep hidden, especially if they’d lied about them their whole life. What would happen if those secrets were exposed, and what if that one secret that they’d planned to take to the grave is uncovered? Will it destroy all those they love? Rip their family apart?
Cultures within family dynamics lead us to believe certain trues about our history and we blame ourselves when we fall short of those perceived notions.
Above Scandal brings out those undercurrents and scatters and twists them around like autumn leaves unsettled by the wind.
Leacott delivers the nuances of family—the need to shelter along with the inability to draw close for that familial bond of love. She’s developed a story world of division and confusion mixed with love leaving cast of characters ripe with misunderstanding of where they stand.
I’ve enjoyed this read set in Canada and can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
I purchased this book at a book signing.
Whoever chose the title of this book, they chose well. This book had a great plot, and a few scandalous subplots; all trying to poke holes at Ryan's campaign platform of transparency. Out of all the reveals in this book I felt Ryan's emotions when he found out he was Hayley's father were the most realistic. When the story was done there were so many little tidbits of story left over from secondary characters I can not wait to see where they all pick up in the next book.
I grew up in a small state, in a small city with plenty of small towns around - complete with volunteer fire departments and town meeting days. Joan Leacott created the perfect small town in Clarence Bay. I felt at home in this book, and it actually reminded me of one of my favorite television shows "Gilmore Girls". So many books have heroes or heroines coming back to their hometown after years away to a very icy reception; it was so refreshing to read all the secondary characters that were so happy to see Cathy back home, to read of the renewed friendships. The secondary characters where depicted excellent and full of details, I am sure each will be an important part in future books in this series. One of the brightest spots of this book is the depiction of Cathy and Ryan's daughter, Hayley. Hayley is a very spunky, observant girl and all she wants is a dad; before her father was revealed she even asks Ryan if he would consider marrying both Hayley and her mom. Her fascination with Trixie Belden made me smile.
When you want an easy read that will make you warm to your core pick up this book. It has enough going on to keep you interested, but not such a detailed plot that if you put it down you would be lost. A perfect vacation read. The intimate scenes may make some blush slightly but it is definitely something you can read with others around. A great introduction to a new series and a new author, I will definitely look for more Joan Leacott books in the future.
I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.
This author blended her characters into a well developed plot made believable.
Eleven years ago, Cathy Rossetti had left her small hometown and her secrets behind, until she returns again.
You find her in a world of secrets and scandals spread in this small town of Clarence Bay. It's a family saga with it's twists and turns. She will have to deal with her past in order to be happy again.
This story is very well written and I felt like being on a roll-coaster ride. Lots of emotions!
I absolutely loved Above Scandal! For those of you that are wondering what small town life is like - just read this book (hah!). Seriously though. Having grown up in a small town myself, I can appreciate the skill that it takes to keep a secret...well...secret. And even if it's the tiniest secret in the world, the gossip troupes have a way of figuring it out and turning it into the biggest talk of the town! So you can only imagine what happens when something big really does hit a small town.
Big as in a girl who suddenly moves away as a teenager, finds her way back about a decade later. And not only is she living a lifestyle that's a 180 of the town, but she has a daughter and no husband. Throw into the mix that she is of a strong Italian family, moving back to a town with ideals of the 1800's and you've got yourself enough town whispering - and upfront backhanded remarks - to last a lifetime.
What I loved: All of the characters were wonderfully developed. Cathy (aka Caterina - one of my favorite names) is a strong female lead who's always made the best of her situation - which I love! She doesn't let the snide remarks of family and the community deter her love for her life or choices, and she always stands up for what she believes in. She also has a daughter who is written to a T as to how a girl her age should act. There are many times that I find the children in the books to almost be more unbelievable than the parents, simply because their dialog and actions are outside of their age group (e.g., either acting too young or too old for their age).
And then there's Ryan...if every man (or woman for that matter) had his ideals and beliefs - this world would be a much better place. I fell in love with Ryan from the get-go; his charming personality and gorgeous looks that could put a Prince to shame. What I enjoyed most about Ryan's character is his reaction to events taking place. Without giving too much away, I much expected more cliché reactions from him than what I got. So his character was a great needed change from those that I have been reading a lot about lately. Ryan is a man - in every sense of the word - and he isn't afraid to be a man.
I also loved all of the supporting characters because they did the job that they are supposed to do - support. As you're reading, you're not finding out about a bunch of unnecessary information about these characters. You're simply finding enough background information on them to explain their actions and thought-process - all of which helps explain why Cathy and Ryan are the way that they are.
What I disliked: Honestly, there wasn't much - other than the witch of a "human being" that was known as Momma. I'm pretty sure she lacked a soul. But that is obviously no flaw of the book. It's what made it so great! I was worried a little about the pacing towards the end of the book. But once I finished, I decided that it was right on.