Lisa Richards is in an abusive marriage with psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Richards who controls Lisa and what she does to keep his standing in the community looking good. Lisa is more than a homemaker who cleans and cooks without the knowledge of Thomas who thinks she is only capable of keeping house and napping all day. Lisa is working for a real estate company to rebuild the Tangle Grove community her family of ancestors built through the Dutchman’s mine of fire opals. With this project, Lisa believes it will free her from Thomas and the financial control over her life.
Steven Taylor is a sports writer for USA Cycle Magazine covering the The Summit Challenge Bicycle Ride for his magazine article. He meets Lisa and Thomas by chance while dining with his daughter and asks Thomas for an interview after learning he participated in the bicycle ride and witnessed an accident involving the cyclists. Taylor immediately senses the control Thomas has over Lisa and wonders why she stays in such a relationship. As Taylor learns more about Lisa, he knows the project she is coordinating for the real estate company is not quite what it seems.
The Secrets of the Montebellis is about a woman who goes to great lengths to keep a secret about her family fortune and the Dutchman’s mine of fire opals. I enjoyed the back-stories explaining who the ancestors were and what they did to preserve their control over the family mine. The theme has suspense, romance, and adventure for readers who love dabbling in mystery and ancient stories.
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