I know it's Friday, but Thursday happened too fast for me.
This is the new book by H. Y. Hanna, second in her "First Love" series.
by H. Y. Hanna
This is the follow-up book to Tender Deceit, which I reviewed a couple of months back, written by H. Y. Hanna (also author of the Honey the Great Dane mysteries). It's pure chick-lit, a light romantic mystery. Leah has returned to England from Singapore, having tended to her father's funeral, reconnected with her first love, Toran James. After about 2 months back at her job and life, but still distracted by the thought of Toran, Leah, when offered a promotion at her job, instead quit, packed up and returned to Singapore. After all, she does have her father's villa, now her own; her childhood best friend Julie is still there, and Toran has been in frequent contact with her, including sending her 2 dozen red roses the day she quit her job. While it's better to read the first book first, there's enough of a recap in the first couple of chapters to catch you up on what happened in that book. In the first few days Leah's back in Singapore, she has a quarrel with Julie when she learns the truth about something Julia did (or did not do) 12 years earlier, when Leah's father sent her back to England to finish her schooling. Then she goes to Toran's apartment, only to find Toran's ex-fiancee, Angela, living there. She and Angela talk, and Angela confides that she's going to a retreat which she had been investigating for a newspaper article. The next day, when Leah and Toran are returning to his apartment, Angela's parents are waiting in the hallway for him, distraught that Angela has disappeared. Leah feels guilty for encouraging Angela to go, gets accepted to this retreat (which, of course, is a cult with nefarious undertones), with the intention of bringing Angela back. It's a very light mystery, and it's not difficult to see where it's going, but the characters are engaging, and there's enough suspense to keep the reader interested. And, at the end, there's a hook which will lead into the next book in the series. Hsin-Yi has proven herself to be an imaginative author, and versatile, moving from her children's books into adult books seamlessly. If you're looking for light and easy reading, this is a good series. Only available in Kindle format. 5/5
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!