Date read: February 23, 2016
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If you listen hard enough, you’ll hear their whispered warnings…Thoughts on Diablo Springs: I'm torn on how I feel about this book. Not because it was poorly written or told, but because I felt pretty badly for Ella (the heroine from the past who helps set up the events in the future) and wanted her to have more of an ending than she got. IMO, her story was more tragic than Gracie and Reilly's simply because she was stuck believing something (intentionally vague, I know!) that wasn't true and never knew the whys or hows of that thing.
When she escaped Diablo Springs years ago, Gracie Beck swore she’d never return. But all that changes on the night of her grandmother’s tragic death when Diablo Springs lures Gracie’s teenage daughter to its treacherous border. Fearing the threat of that haunted place and the danger it poses to her daughter, Gracie races to the rescue—only to find herself trapped in the turbulent current of a hundred year old curse and the menacing spirits that have terrorized the town’s dusty streets for a century.
Author Reilly Alexander has ghosts of his own in Diablo Springs—ghosts he needs to lay to rest before he can move on. Tempted by the promise of a bestselling story, he reluctantly returns to Diablo Springs only to find Gracie Beck waiting there. At first, Gracie wants nothing to do with the man who betrayed her years ago, but feelings she thought long gone spark to life when she sees Reilly again. She is drawn to his quiet strength and the burning desire he ignites within her. Reilly is determined to help save Gracie’s daughter and prove his to love the woman he’s never forgotten, but they’ve come to a dangerous place where even the dark waters are sinister and every lurking shadow should be feared....
*kicks ground and looks sad*
As for Gracie and Reilly, keeping BIG secrets from others is usually a no-no for me, but the reasoning behind this one worked. Gracie essentially loses the last of her family when her grandmother sends her away as a teen and she's dealing with big life changes on top of believing the love of her life abandoned her. So, yeah. I get why she kept her secret.
Reilly has his own share of demons, most of them revolving around his messed up family. Man, those Alexanders were screwed up in the head. For reasons, guys. For reasons.
As for the part of the story that takes place in the past, Ella and Sawyer's tale is tragic. Given the times they lived in this isn't shocking, but Ella had strength and courage to spare and that was the only thing keeping her going forward at times.
Ultimately, I liked the book. I might have wanted more for Ella, but the present day romance worked and I'm always down for reading about restless spirits.