Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
ARC copy from Netgalley.com and Harvest House Publishers
“As she approached the dwelling, moonlight emphasized a gaping hole where the barn door had once been. Gasping, she picked up speed, her eyes searching for the source of such destruction. Her barn door! What in the world. . . ?
The mystery of the barn door begins late one evening with a large noise and the finding of a deathly still man’s body lying inside the barn by Lyric Bolton. Lyric is a young woman of 19 who resides in Bolton Holler with her ailing, mentally ill mother, Edwina, and her younger sister, Lark. The entrance of Ian Cawley, the man found on her barn floor, subtly begins to change Lyric’s lonely life.
The town has ostracized the entire family due to her mother’s mental illness and a mysterious light. Lyric leads a life lacking in friendship and human interaction. After finding Ian Cawley almost dead on her barn floor, she works to find out who he is and what he was doing in her barn. She assumes he is one of the local Younger outlaws who live in abundance in the area. After reporting him to the sheriff as an outlaw, she waits for him to get better so that he can be hanged. Ian has lost his memory and has no idea who he is or what he is doing in Bolton Holler. Lyric uses her healing touch to help Ian recover.
An ice storm and many extenuating circumstances give Lyric and Ian an opportunity to get to know each other. Initially Lyric assumes the worst, but eventually finds that Ian’s personality and actions are not that of a bad guy. As their relationship deepens, Lyric begins to have hopes of a life after caring for Edwina. The mystery of Ian’s identity must first be resolved before any further hopes or plans can develop.
The book offers mystery and some romance. The plot does not have great strength. The characters are not very dynamic and do not add a great deal of depth to the story. It is a clean, light read. I had no trouble finishing the book, but I would only recommend it to someone interested in an easy read. I have read several of Lori Copeland’s other novels and enjoyed them very much.
I received this copy from Netgalley.com and Harvest House Publishers in exchange for a fair review. The opinions and statements above are my own.