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- Publication date : December 4, 2018
- File size : 2123 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 301 pages
- ASIN : B07KV1J62S
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #389,599 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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All of the likeable, and some not so likeable, characters from the first book return. They and some new faces make for a compelling “who dunnit?” or rather, “who is doing it?” gallery of suspects when Richard and Maria first receive written threats, and then are victims of violence. Unlike in book one where a series of events perpetrated by several antagonists threaten Richard and Maria’s stability, here it is apparently one enemy bent on destroying their life together.
In addition to the mystery, much is spent on Maria’s catering business, Richard’s nightly gig playing Bill’s tavern, Richard’s day job as a manager of a furniture company and the travails faced by a newly married couple. While twenty years separate them, the tale shows that age difference makes no difference when it comes to what goes on in the emotional and psychiatric make-up of a person. Love may conquer all, but ingrained beliefs about oneself (Maria) and automatic reactions to situations (Richard) are often as threatening as any outside antagonists.
Nonetheless, all these elements circle the primary concern about who is at the heart of the external threats. Sarah Stuart’s storytelling style is sharp and to the point. The reader is not at any time off the hook of suspense she crafts.
It is hard to review a book like this without giving away any important plot points. Like the first book in this series, so much happens yet never so much as to distract or confuse. Every aspect is important and ties to the conclusion.
I highly recommend “Two Face the World: Marry in Haste… (Richard and Maria Book 2)” for all lovers of romance and well told mystery!
The suspense to see what direction these two will take, had me rooting for Richard, even though he was the more secretive of the two, he was the underdog, and I always root for the underdog.
This story has enough tension to make it suspenseful and just the right emotional upheaval to keep the reader engage.
Excitement from start to finish. I thought I knew who might be causing the problems, but the motive behind it was a shocker! Well done.
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Sarah Stuart weaves a story, with likeable main characters, and a loveable dog, Ben, but who is trying to break up the couple by the most devious and cruel means? I won't tell you if that person is successful, but it will hold your interest to the end. Add to that scenario that Richard and Maria are both fragile and lacking in confidence from being let down in the past.
I thoroughly recommend this book.
I was pleased to see the reappearance of some of the thoroughly despicable characters of Book One, along with the development of some much nicer ones. As before, the author presents the couple (and the reader) with all manner of obstacles to the path of true love - Maria's doubts about her future career, problems at work for Richard, and unexpected news. Add to that the real danger of menacing interference and anonymous threats from someone out to make trouble for the couple and you have all the ingredients for a real relationship drama, combing tragedy and happiness in equal measure to create a captivating yet totally credible story.
While this reads well as a stand-alone novel, I have to say my enjoyment of it was undoubtedly enhanced by reading its prequel first. My recommendation would be to read 'Three Against the World' first, then this one, and finally, any others the author writes in this great series ...
I was not disappointed
Having read Sarah Stuart’s previous book ‘Three Against the World’, I was looking forward to reading the sequel and was not disappointed. There is a touching realism about the relationship developing between Richard and Maria and despite the age gap, their simple love for each other somehow draws you in more closely to sympathise with them about their hopes and fears for the future. Although Richard has to pull out all the stops to make the correct decisions, he tends to treat Maria as a daughter instead of a wife at times and when the anonymous letters start to multiply and turn into violence, they hoard the menacing messages to shield each other and the tension mounts. It comes to a point when you wonder whether Richard will be able to discover the identity of the suspect before he goes bankcrupt. Luckily for us the readers, the author manages to weave a skilful plot in tune with the mounting danger and brings it to a successful conclusion, leaving one heaving a sigh of relief. Full marks for a sizzling corker of a story and highly recommended.
Please note: This book can be read as a standalone or part of a series by teens, tweens and adults, who are lovers of: suspense, romance - or both - or fine stories written by award winning authors. - Enjoy!