Cold Spring, Bernadette Walsh

Cold Spring


Cold Spring, Bernadette Walsh
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Contemporary Romance
I loved Bernadette’s Devlin series so was eager to read this novel, even though its not paranormal. Its a sad story, full of secrets, lots of emotion that made me a bit tearful at times – and I do like that. I want a story that can move me, characters that feel real, a puzzle I need to work out and this novel delivered all of those.
Poor Maura, we only get to see what happened to her from the past in small dribbles, little flashbacks to her fifteen year old self, and its only in the last quarter all gets revealed. What a sad story, and I really felt for her. She wasn’t able to let go of the past, seeming to drift through life, head down, not letting herself feel pleasure or get involved with anyone. She’s so scared of the press raking things up again. Even though she was just a child her family seemed to hold her to blame for everything, and still blamed her for the effects of the drama on them. It would be good to think all families support their children, but only her aunt and uncle were supportive, her parents and sisters seemed to just want her hidden away out of sight. Now the 20 year anniversary of the scandal is coming up and the press are sniffing round once again, her mum is dying and the bulk of the care falls on her, and her recent patient seems to want more from her than just being his nurse. Scott is attractive and one of those men who want their own way, and he wants Maura. They soon slide into a torrid romance, and with the press sniffing round her family are terrified she’ll bring down more scandal. They seem to care more about that than Maura’s happiness.
Its a sad novel, and shows what happens when money and prestige are involved in scandal. Deepest pockets win usually. Maura is made a scapegoat and yet she’s just a child, that doesn’t seem to matter though for those out for her blood, and some have long memories and long term plans. Its a very bittersweet novel at times, and although the clues are there I didn’t see what was in the big reveal til it happened. Once the secrets are out it moves quite fast, and we do get a HEA – I want those, I hate a romance that isn’t, where things happen and everything falls apart and stays that way. Here we get all the drama and sadness but some happy times too – that’s what I need.
Stars: Five, a great emotional read.
ARC supplied by author

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I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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