Author: Marilyn Phillips
Secrets. Lies. Deception. For the past six years, Samantha Hunt has lived with the belief that the untimely death of her parents was the result of an unfortunate accident—that by the cruel hand of fate, she had been left an orphan. But it was a lie, a terrible lie told to her by those who wanted to keep her in the dark. And the truth... when revealed, will change her life and haunt her forever.
Suddenly plagued by a series of events which find her in danger and in need of a savior, Samantha is repeatedly rescued by the mysterious and elusive Shadow—a stranger who seems to know more about her past and the tragedy which befell her family, than she does. Drawn to him despite the antagonism she feels whenever in his presence, Samantha soon discovers that Shadow is not what he appears to be. Determined to learn his true identity and why he has come to Mystery Falls, the small town in which she has spent all of her seventeen years, Samantha not only uncovers the secrets he refuses to share, but also the truth about her own past. A truth which forces her to acknowledge that things are not always as they seem, and sometimes, not even those close to you can be trusted.
Resolved to seeking justice for the unwarranted death of her parents, Samantha embarks on a journey which brings her perilously close to her own demise. Can Shadow use his angel powers to save her yet again, or this time, will he be too late.
Oh my! I am in love with this book. I couldn't put it down and had to read until it was finished. Now, one thing that people really don't know about me is how much I love angel story lines, especially avenging angel stories. The Mystery Falls series is going to become one of my favorites very quickly.“Shadow speaking to Samantha "So... arrogant, egotistical, annoying, conceited, self-centered. Yeah, I got it the first time you said it.”― Marilyn Phillips
I loved the characters in this book! Sam was amazing, she showed such tremendous strength in the face of adversity. My heart hurt for the young girl who lost her parents and was left in the care of her uncle who adored her but a cousin and aunt that couldn't stand her. Shadow was such a unique character! Attractive, stoic, demanding and encompassing are just a few of the words I would use to describe him. I even understand why he was so cold to Sam on their second meeting, after all he isn't supposed to love her.
The plot was great. It was paced just right and there were even a couple of twists that I wasn't expecting. I was glad that this wasn't one of those anti-climatic books where it just goes on and on. It was intriguing enough that I cannot help but want to read book #2 immediately.
The cover looks like someone took a picture of the woods where Sam used to run to for solitude. I couldn't imagine a better cover for the book. Hands down, Marilyn Phillips is an author whose books you really need to watch out for! They will take you by storm and you won't want to put them down!