Trying to get back into Book Review mode! I can’t promise any specific review days so winging it will have to do. There’s so much catching up to do, it’s unreal.
Today I’ll be reviewing Swept Away by Elizabeth Seckman.
TITLE: SWEPT AWAY
AUTHOR: ELIZABETH SECKMAN
RATING: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥/♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
He came looking for a ghost. Instead, he found a girl.
Tucker Boone is a war-hardened Marine on a ghost hunt. Fresh out of the corps, Tucker learns he has a missing half-sister, Maddy. The only clue to her whereabouts is a cryptic note…I’ve gone Mad, Mags. Tucker agrees to search for her and heads to Ocracoke, North Carolina where a ghost named Mad Mags is said to haunt the ancient graveyards dotting the island.
The note doesn’t bring him any closer to finding Maddy, but it does offer him a diversion to the doldrums of civilian life— his new island neighbor, Josie McCoy. Tucker is drawn to her quiet spirit. There’s something special about Josie…a connection he can’t quite explain.
By summer’s end, he’s mixed up in deception, murder, and the love of a lifetime. Logic tells him to head home and forget the truths he found on the island. But can he walk away? Josie offers him more than love; she offers him hope. When the clues pile up and it looks like she can never be the girl for him, he has to make a choice- play it safe and break her heart, or risk everything for a chance at being swept away.
Tucker Boone is a Marine just back from war. He has a not so great relationship with his mother, Marlene Adkins, but during one of their ‘talks’, he learns that his biological father, Rob Morgan, was a womanizer who left his mother when he was a child. Tucker decides to find him. He learns from his step-mother, Gloria, that his father suffered a stroke and is in a nearby nursing home. He also finds out he has a step-sister, Maddy, who apparently ran away from home several years earlier, to start a new life with her best friend Ariel. Gloria believes a note sent to Maddy by Ariel is a clue to her whereabouts. All the note says is, ‘I’ve gone Mad, Mags’. At Gloria’s request, Tucker goes in search of his sister.
Tucker finds himself in Ocracoke, North Carolina after doing research on the internet and reading a story about a restless spirit named Mad Mags that haunts family graveyards. It’s a stretch, but Tucker takes a shot. He lands a job as a mechanic’s assistant and it includes a small cottage on the premises.
Then he meets Josie McCoy, the niece of the man he’s working for. She’s beautiful, but standoffish at first. Although she’s eccentric, Tucker can’t help but fall for her, but her past haunts her. Eventually, the truth comes out. Can their love survive?
The ending is sad, bittersweet, and happy at the same time. As you all know, I don’t do spoilers, so I’ll leave the ending to your imagination.
This isn’t the first book of Ms. Seckman’s that I’ve read. She is a fantastic writer who puts her heart and soul into her works. The characters were all unique and had distinct personalities. No cookie cutter characters here. The story flowed well and was full of unexpected twists and turns. I’m a dreamer, so I had hoped one part of the story would turn out differently, but there are sad realities in this world.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in thrillers and mysteries with love mixed in. I’m definitely reading more of her books.
RATING: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥/♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Elizabeth is a multi-published author of romantic women’s fiction. She is a former social worker, constant daydreamer, and mother of four fabulous boys.
She has a house in desperate need of cleaning (so she says!). No set date on completion.