Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Book Review: Confessions to a Stranger by Danielle Grandinetti

About the Book: 

She’s lost her future. He’s sacrificed his. Now they have a chance to reclaim it—together.

Wisconsin, 1930—While fleeing for her life, Adaleigh Sirland’s rescue of a child introduces her to a family who provides her safe harbor. When her identity comes under threat of exposure, she must choose between running once more or helping the man who teaches her to hope again.

First mate David Martins is intrigued by the mysterious woman taken in by his grandmother, but she wrestles with a troubled past. When his estranged father is arrested for murder, can David put aside his own struggles in time to discern which secret threatens Adaleigh before it kills them both?

Welcome to Crow’s Nest, where danger and romance meet at the water’s edge.

My Thoughts:

Confessions to a Stranger starts off Danielle Grandinetti’s Harbored in Crow’s Nest series. The little fishing town of Crow’s Nest makes a charming setting for this book and future novels. It’s got the typical small-town mystery elements: social hierarchy, gossip, corruption, a shocking crime, etc. The main storyline in Confessions to a Stranger concludes within the novel, but some lesser threads continue into the next book.

Adaleigh Sirland, the female lead in Confessions of a Stranger, has grit. Her boldness makes her likable and interesting. She confronts serious threats but runs for her life because PTSD prevents her from standing up to her sister. The on-page PTSD depictions felt authentic but not overly disconcerting. Adaleigh’s physical and emotional journey encapsulates a prominent theme in the book – not allowing fear to rule one’s life.

I found Confessions of a Stranger to be more historical romance with mystery rather than historical romantic suspense (which is what I expected from reading the book blurb). Although circumstances get intense and dicey at the end, most of the story focuses on Adaleigh and David’s blossoming relationship.

Confessions of a Stranger by Danielle Grandinetti was entertaining to read but in need of another round of editing. Most of the typos were minor, but some truly detracted from the story. I also thought David and Adaleigh’s feelings developed a bit too quickly to feel authentic. In conclusion, Confessions of a Stranger contains good themes and interesting characters, but it has typos and development issues. 3.5 Stars. 


Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a copy of this book by the author or publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.

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