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REVIEW: Garden of Secrets by Barbara Freethy


Dr. Charlotte Adams is torn between two men.  Rev. Andrew Schilling is her past, a high-school romance that went drastically wrong.  But he's back in town now and part of her present -- along with newly-divorced Police Chief Joe Silviera, whom she's been powerfully attracted to for months.  The question is, which man is her future -- and Charlotte has to face and accept her past before she can build a life with Joe.

About the Author

A native California, Barbara has lived at both ends of the state. While she misses the hot summer nights of Southern California, she enjoys the beautiful bays and hillsides of Northern California, as well as the exciting and intriguing city of San Francisco.


  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star (September 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451636512
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451636512


***slight spoilers***

You would think have two men attracted to you would be a good thing, but for Charlotte, the local OBGYN, it has thrown her world into a tailspin.  After being back in Angel's Bay for a year after what she had hoped would be a quick visit has turned more permanent.  Andrew, her boy friend from high school has reappeared back in her life and she agrees to meet him at the New Year's eve party given by her rival's sister.  This is the guy who cheated on her and is now the local minister.  At this same party, Joe, the town's chief of police is there and she is extremely attracted to him.  So, what should Charlotte do?

Well, when the hostess is almost murdered and Charlotte is found with the body and covered in blood, things get really sticky.  Especially since this was the sister of the girl who cheated with Andrew!  So when Pamela shows up to help her sister, things get even worse.  There are some seriously fun moments in this story  Joe is spending a lot of time going over the case with her and I got the sense that he would like to review a bit more than the case.  The wonderful thing about this series is that you don't need to read them in order to enjoy them.  The books each stand on their own and yes, some of the characters overlap in the series, but  that doesn't detract from any of the stories.  This is just a fun and super quick read filled with a bit of sex, mystery and tension.


  1. Loved your review - esp. your comment about Joe wanting to review a bit more than the case! LOL This one is going on my must-read list. Thanks

  2. i love barbara freethy! great review!


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