Shadow of Deceit : The Shadow Series (Goss)

  • by Barbara Goss
  • Narrated by Tom Jordan
  • Series: The Shadow Series (Goss)
  • 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Love! Julia Croft never thought she would actually fall in love with the man she set out to mislead. Surely he would forgive her if he knew the truth. Could he be so cold-hearted as to not see what her brother meant to her? Would he see that it was a matter of life and death that brought her to this deceitfulness?
Deceived! How could Caleb Armstrong, have allowed himself to be drawn into being enticed by a woman who merely used him? Now that he knew her ruse, he could easily rid himself of Julia Croft and her brother Miles. Surely there was a woman somewhere who could overlook his gimp leg. The most plaguing problem would be - could his heart ever forget her?

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Just wonderful

With Barbara Goss' stories I always take a moment to reflect at the end and see what lesson she was writing about.
In this book I think it is that the truth will out and when it does, it may hurt some people but it will probably do more good than not and also that it is preferable not to be conniving nor to lie. If you need help, then ask for it.
But these are my own thoughts and opinions on this story and yours may differ.
As usual Barbara has written a lovely story about two different, yet connected pairs of people who meet and fall in love. Their lives are interwoven and shadowed by the lies and deceit of a brother and sister. Only when these lies are brought to light and faced head-on can these two couples learn to trust again.
Tom Jordan has a 'voice' I for one could easily fall in love with. Jokes aside, it is a beautiful one and he uses it to the full to enhance this book. Just wonderful!
The audiobook version was provided by the author at no cost and this is my honest and unbiased review.
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- Zena

The story continues!

This book wastes no time right out of the gate, resuming where the previous book left off; convenient if one recently finished the first book as I had, but probably abrupt for those who took some time off in between. The result is a book that doesn't have the extra burden of character and plot introduction, or an introduction, which adds up to some weight loss and a run time of a hair over 3.5 hours.

In this book, I felt there was no wasted time, and the pace was just right. Once again, Tom delivers a great performance, and it seems that everything is even more settled into place.

Initially, in the story where the deception is in the open and quickly apparent to the listener/reader, I found myself disappointed and wasn't sure I would enjoy this book nearly as much as the first. I stuck through it, and things conveniently resolved themselves and led to a happy ending, as you'd expect. There wasn't nearly the length and depth of anguish for Caleb as there was for Jonas, and for me this may have taken away from the impact of the book. It would have been all too convenient, however, for Caleb to magically find happiness and give both himself and Jonas the chance to enjoy their wealth which their father instructed to keep a secret until they were both married. Caleb was halfway down the mail-order bride Avenue at a few points, but predictably, that didn't pan out.

I'd be interested in knowing how many of these books there are in the series, and how far reaching the shadows will reach, I know there are more coming. I just hope they don't over-reach and lose all the special sauce of the first book. I've been told the books get even better, so I'll gladly stay tuned. I drive long distances for work and these books are burned through in no time.

I received a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.
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- Chris Bach

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-26-2017
  • Publisher: Barbara A. Goss