Linda Griffin Genre: Mystery
Jenna Scott has moved into the house left to her by her grandpa after his death. She is still trying to put the pieces of her life back together after her divorce and is starting a new chapter. She meets a few of the locals who recommend a carpenter and neighbor, Rick Alverez, for some of the necessary renovations. When a murder happens shortly after, the town's opinion of Rick changes from acceptance to suspicion, and she is one of the only people who believes in his innocence. Is she right to believe in him, or could this man she is becoming fond of be a killer?
The story seems somewhat mundane until the unexpected happens. A murder brings in all kinds of surprises and a lot of needed interest. Jenna is likeable to a fault but dwells too much on the past and lives much of the time in her mind, battling her own demons while being too quick to jump to conclusions. This said, she still finds ways to pull on the reader’s heart strings. Rick takes a little longer to warm up to, but when we learn more about him, he is a great match for Jenna. The romance begins to shine in the later part of the book, making Rick and Jenna a couple that readers will grow to like. The writing provides good insights into all the characters and overall makes them easy to get to know. “Seventeen Days” quickly develops into a pleasant nicely paced story.
Seventeen Days by Linda Griffin
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full length (182 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Mistflower
I can’t think of a better way to pass a rainy Sunday than reading a good book. I always like to have a book on hand for such an occasion. Seventeen Daysdidn’t disappoint. It’s not often I get uninterrupted time to do just what I love best, to dive into a story and stay there. The best part of my day was when a severe thunderstorm passed through and at that very moment, I was at a suspenseful part in the story. You can imagine how the combination of the two made me come alive with adrenaline, but I never put the book down. It was too exciting!
From the first page I was drawn into the story as Jenna, the heroine, was exploring the house she inherited from her grandfather. There were several well developed characters introduced throughout the story. I loved the setting of a quiet California fishing village. It was the perfect backdrop for gossip, rumors and murder. Seventeen Days consisted of all the ingredients needed to create a fast paced story with unexpected plot twists.
I felt the chemistry between the hero, Rick, and Jenna even though he was reserved. Rick had his reasons to be cautious especially after what happened to him three years ago. It was sweet how his son and Jenna connected over her drawings. Jenna was easy to like. It was only a matter of time before they realized they had a future together.
I need to mention how much I absolutely loved that the author, Linda Griffin, chose to end the story with an “Afterword”. That was better than an epilogue, and everyone knows how much I adore epilogues. I just loved that wrap up. Seriously, this book deserves the opportunity to be read. I recommend it.