Title: Unbound By Truth
Author: Kimberly Rhea
Pages: 250 (after that you get sneak peaks at her other books!)
Is this part of a series? Yes, this is book #2 of the Secrets trilogy.
Published: January 23, 2018
Kate and Thomas are moving forward in their relationship in big ways! Not only are they engaged, but they are about to start on the business ventures that would create a legacy worthy of the Murrow name. It isn’t all smooth sailing, though. Kate still has her demons to fight- her upbringing and relationship with her family still hurt her and make her insecure at times. To be the woman standing beside a multi-million-dollar business man, she must learn to be more assertive. Can the girl that came from nothing prove that she deserves everything…. Even when the only one she has to impress this upon is herself?
Thomas is faced with a secret that could rock everything he thinks he knows about his family. When a visit with Nana reveals a long-shuttered scandal, Thomas is determined to get to the bottom of it. Thwarted at every turn, he has to use every trick at his disposal to find the truth about his family. Could it be that his mother isn’t the uncaring socialite she seems? What happened long ago to make her leave most of his raising to his grandparents? And could it be that his family is a bit larger than he imagined?
Told with a touching warmth, this is still the old-fashioned courtship of the last book; but so much more. We have a business legacy in the making. Add to that, the author continues to bring pieces of Joplin, Missouri both past and present, to life.
First, I want to talk about the author. Kimberly Rhea is an amazing woman that I met when I made inquiries into my local Writer’s Guild. As a teacher specializing in special education, she writes at night. Growing up in Joplin, Missouri (Thomas’ home town!), it’s plain to see that the beauty of the community and the intrigue of it’s past had a huge impact on her. I will be sitting with Ms. Rhea for an author q&a soon, so be on the lookout!
I received a paper copy of this book in order to do a review/ edit her book. Every where I went, people asked after the amazing cover. You see a stylized picture of Joplin’s Main Street, with a couple holding hands below. I absolutely love it, and people in the community adored seeing the well-known sight on a book. Even if you don’t know about the city, having a picture of some of the buildings and area in the book is really neat.
The premise of this story was really neat for me. I loved watching Kate come into her own as she organized everything for the business venture. Seeing Thomas’ struggle with family secrets was also great. I really felt for these characters here. While at times a bit outlandish, the story line made fantastic sense and the writing had a good flow to it.
It has to be said that I encountered the same technical issues I saw in the first book. Missed quotations, incorrect or missing punctuation and dropped words. As part of the editing side, I have marked all these and have every hope that copies coming out in the future (and the eBook) will have these cleaned up so that they are a nonissue.
I will say that the choice of phrase both here and in book one isn’t something I am used to; but seem to be in keeping with the old-fashioned feel of the characters and in the end I found it charming. For me this one is a four-star book- even with the technical issues.
On the adult content side, there is some language but that is about it. While Thomas and Kate’s relationship has obviously moved forward we get more of an old movie vibe (you know the ones from Cary Grant’s time where it was just a “lights out” inference that something was going down? That’s what this felt like and I loved it!). I give it a three at most.
The book is out! Have you read it?
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