on April 5, 2018
Genres: YA, Romance, Mystery
I received this book for free from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
In the south, everyone has a secret--and murder is served with sweet tea.
The word's out: Ethan Wilder’s coming back to town, and the people of Bowie, Georgia are in a southern tizzy. Everyone knows the story. He shot and killed his sister four years ago, and people say his father, Jim Wilder, the biggest holy roller this side of the Mississippi, sent him packing for just that reason. Even if her death was unofficially ruled a suicide, Ethan’s return has everybody talking.
Seventeen-year-old Delilah Doherty can’t go anywhere without hearing his name. Born and raised in Bowie, Delilah knows firsthand about the gossipmongers and how they love a good scandal. The daughter of a wild child and niece of the local psychic, she’s also the only one who doubts Ethan’s guilt.
After Ethan saves her life, the two start a slow and steady burn neither can deny. But when Bowie's spiritual leader is nearly murdered, it rocks the small southern town to its core. Delilah and Ethan are caught in the crossfire, their relationship threatened before it's even begun. Someone has it out for Ethan's family. With everyone convinced of Ethan's guilt, it's up to Delilah to unravel the mystery before someone else gets hurt or worse...dead.
Delilah Doherty is all too familiar with the rumor mill of the small town of Bowie. As she is the daughter of a woman of questionable morals and the niece of a woman who practices things like palm readings. Delilah knows all too well how brutal the townspeople can be. Ethan Wilder is coming back to town and it is assumed that he killed his sister four years ago. Guilty with no trial in the eyes of the common people Delilah starts to wonder if everyone might be wrong. Attracted to the towns newly reunited bad boy she is bound to find out the truth.
In an Oyster Shell – It was a really good book a little confusing at times but it worked itself out and was another stellar novel which is come to be expected of Cookie O’Gorman.
The Pearls – I loved the portrayal of the small town rumor mill. It ended up being a driving force in the book. Delilah was just resigned to it and it was an interesting element to the story. It impressed me immensely how it was done and earned its own paragraph in this review. I am constantly amazed at O’Gormans ingenuity in books. The rumor mill was a background to the story but it was always there.
I loved Delilah and Ethan. I am not one for book boyfriends. (I love my husband!) If one is though I’d imagine Ethan would make a good one. He’s a brooding bad boy with deep secrets and a strong moral code. Both Delilah and Ethan were anomalies of characters. Delilah was a good girl despite her families reputation. Ethan was the bad boy even though he was the preacher’s son.
Usually, I would talk about the romance. It was really good but what was even more illuminating was the mystery weaved into this story. It was super unique. I really liked it. You got the benefits of a great YA romance with a mystery that kept you on your toes.
The Sand – The names would be switched between first and last names. I found it a bit confusing but I figured it out eventually.