AT HIDDEN FALLS by Barbara Freethy
At Hidden Falls by Barbara Freethy
Angel’s Bay, Book 4
Pocket Star Books
Reviewed by Vanessa
Nick Hartley is an architect who now has custody of his 15 year-old, estranged daughter. He is trying to be a good father and support his daughter who is fighting him every step of the way. Being a controlled business man, he is not looking for a relationship with a woman who describes herself as “going wherever the wind blows her.” But there is just something about the beautiful woman with the unusual blue eyes that calls to him.
Isabella Silveira has the gift of insight, at least with people that she is emotionally connected to. After receiving a turquoise necklace from her brother, Joe, who is living in Angel’s Bay, her premonitions begin again. Dreams that she had been trying to ignore for a while since they only seemed to bring about heartache. But this dream could be about her brother because she only sees a man in shadows and that he needs help. Since Isabella is a fixer, she can’t ignore these dreams or feelings and rushes off to Angel’s Bay to try and fix things for her brother. With her life hanging in the balance she realizes that the man she has been dreaming about is the one who can save her. However, both Nick and Isabella have been burned in the past and are afraid to get too close or trust one another; they are at opposite ends of the spectrum: he too controlled and her too free. Will they be able to put aside their differences, notice the similarities within each other, and help to balance themselves out so that they can find their happily ever after? Or are they too wounded and scared and won’t even take the chance?
At Hidden Falls is truly a work of art. The town of Angel’s Bay was like a quilt woven and stitched together to give you a beautiful picture of the area and the people that live there. Seeing how they grow, learn to love and live, and even to forgive each other. I enjoyed how the past and the present seemed to resemble and compliment themselves and how the characters learned from history and past mistakes. At Hidden Falls didn’t focus completely on Nick and Isabella, but brought in other characters that intrigued you and kept the story flowing. The reader got a hint of the other characters’ lives that makes you want to get to know them on a more personal level. You are encouraged to seek out the other books in this fabulous series, if for no other reason than to see if the impressions drawn about those characters hold true in later books. Even though I hadn’t read the other books in the series I found At Hidden Falls to be a very satisfying read. I look forward to visiting the other characters in this series, just so that I can delve deeper into their lives.