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In Devil's Spring, Portia's son and Grace's daughter are taken by a mentally unbalanced woman intent on making them her own children. While child abduction can be an uncomfortable subject for any of us who are parents and grandparents, Lazar has the skill and sensitivity make you feel the family's anguish, while at the same time making you feel just as determined as the family to get their children back.
Lazar intersperses numerous side stories in with the main action that help to round out the book beautifully, including an unexpected story of new found love.
The Bittersweet Hollow Trilogy was my introduction to Aaron Paul Lazar, but I plan to read all of his series. So nice to find an author whose books you can't put down, and then to find that he has many more!
The characters are all believable and understandable...even the one causing the most trouble. I thoroughly enjoyed it -- reading it straight through in about 4 hours (I am a very fast reader).
Jump ahead one year, and the plot becomes very relatable to a great many readers as all of the characters are fighting financial difficulties. Another common thread in Lazar’s books is the deep sense of family, especially in times of trouble. It doesn’t matter what happens, Grace, Portia, and their families are always there for each other, providing unconditional love and support in times of struggle. Boone and Portia already live with her parents on their horse farm, Bittersweet Hollow, and when their bills grow beyond their means, Grace and Anderson move back home as well. Daisy and Dirk would do anything to help their daughters, even as they struggle themselves with financial and health issues, and the same goes for Boone’s parents who live close by as well.
Obviously, the bond of family is strong, but when the safety of family is threatened, that bond becomes even tighter. When Caroline and Joey are abducted, the panic and terror just pours off the pages, like a river raging out of control, causing my heart to pound and my eyes to fill with tears. As the family and the FBI searched for the little ones, I sat on the edge of my seat wishing I could jump into the book and help. Being the reader, you feel frustrated because you know what they don’t and you feel powerless. When the family was eventually reunited with the babies, my heart swelled with happiness, but being only halfway through the book, I knew not to get too comfortable. As readers of this series know, this family is like a magnet to trouble, and every time you think the roller coaster ride is over and your heart has settled to a normal rate, you are hurled over the edge once again. However, in typical Lazar style, the ride always ends happily and safely, and once again I closed the book with a satisfied sigh and a smile. In the world we live in today, it feels good when everything turns out ok.
I can assure you that there is never a dull moment in this book, but it is not only the plot that makes this story so compelling. It’s the diverse collection of well developed, complex characters that cause the reader to lose themselves in the story so completely. Lazar is adept at creating characters who leap right off the page, some who we grow to love and others who we can’t help but be frustrated by or even despise. Whichever the case, each one is fascinating, and the relationships they develop along the way are what help to move the plot along to its conclusion. Without all of these wonderful characters, the plot would fall flat.
I received an advanced copy of this book for free for an honest review.
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