Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Review: Secrets in Cypress Bayou (Louisiana #2) by Susan Sands


Some secrets are buried deep…

When newly minted attorney Carly Bertrand returns to Cypress Bayou, Louisiana, to be close to her family, her first priority is finding a job. She’s shocked to get an offer from her childhood crush, Tanner Carmichael, whose town roots are as deep as hers. Carly accepts, confident she can help Tanner get his new law practice up and running, and keep her attraction to him under lock and key. She’s no longer a starry-eyed teen admiring from afar.

Their first client is a woman searching for her birth mother who mysteriously disappeared decades ago without a trace. Carly and Tanner take the case and soon find themselves drowning in a swampy patch of secrets, political corruption, and danger. And the further they dig, the more it looks like Tanner’s powerful, narcissistic father is involved.

As they work to unravel the mystery, Carly’s old feelings resurface and Tanner can’t believe the shy girl next door has become such a brilliant, beautiful, and determined woman. Should they risk everything for the truth, including their hearts, or settle for safety?
My Review: 
Small town secrets.
I was pulled into this book from the start.  I loved the first book in the series, Home to Cypress Bayou, so I knew I would love this one.  I just didn’t know how much I would love it.  
Carly and Tanner’s story goes way back to Carly’s childhood when she had a crush on Tanner.  Never thinking it would amount to more than a crush and a few diary entries, Carly tried to forget Tanner.  But it didn’t happen so easily.  When Tanner finally decides to break free from his controlling father’s law firm and start his own, he asks Carly to work for him.  All the old feelings Carly tried to keep deeply hidden tried to surface, but she held them in until she no longer could.  
Carly and Tanner’s first case is Lisa, a woman from New Orleans, who is desperately trying to find her biological family.  This is a case that opens a great big can of worms and changes a lot of people’s lives.
I could not put this book down.  I was so curious about Lisa and who her family was and I also couldn’t wait for Carly and Tanner to realize they were meant to be together.  I loved the small town feel of the story.  The author has a way of writing where you feel you are right there in the heart of Cypress Bayou or on the dock drinking a beer with the characters.  I hope there is another book that follows this one.  I am not ready to say good bye to this series. 

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