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Devil's Spring is a dramatic tale of three generations living and working in Vermont. The cast of imperfect characters include an ex-drug addict and current shopping addict raising a newborn, a stubborn old farmer hiding his financial woes from his wife, and lots more. When the family matriarch takes her two grandbabies to modeling agency in a desperate bid for money, she is drugged and the babies kidnapped into a baby adoption ring. Then we meet new characters, some heroes, some deeply disturbed.
This reminded me of a soap opera, but without the bad acting! I couldn't look away as this family lived through crisis after crisis, including the nightmare kidnapping scenario. It was a bit slow to get into with all the different points of view and no clear driving force behind the plot at first, but by the halfway point, I couldn't put it down!
The narrator did a fine job too.
Buy this book now, but read the first two books in the series before dipping into this one, to get the full impact.
Lazar heaps yet more trouble onto the family of Bittersweet Hollow. The new characters he introduces are good ones, especially Lolly, a disturbed woman who turns predator to claim a kidnapped baby as her own, and Lolly's compassionate and savvy maid/companion, Rosa.
The story itself was a small notch below the first two in the series, mainly because the kidnapping threat began to feel overdone. And I had a few nitpicks, the biggest one being that the truth about Lolly's husband never came to light. Overall, though, Devil's Spring was a good read and a worthy continuation of the BH saga.
Gwendolyn Druyer is a marvelous narrator, nimbly portraying the various characters with distinctive voices. Except for a little too much John Wayne in Portia's husband's drawl, her accents and mannerisms were amazing.
For the record, I purchased this audiobook with a gift credit. I am under no obligation to post a review.