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Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite
Beside The Brook by Paulette Rae is a contemporary romance about two men who loved the same woman, a woman who is now dead. Brook's daughter Sarah is the only thing holding the two men -- her father, Jamie, and her uncle Tyler -- together. The men barely tolerate one another to stay close to Sarah, the last connection they have with a dead woman they both loved and lost. When Kirsten is employed as Sarah's nanny, she is dumped right into the strange family dynamics. She is determined to learn more about the situation so that she can rectify what she can, but no one is talking. Least of all Sarah's overbearing grandmother. To get the answers she needs to help this troubled family, Kirsten turns to the only woman that can help her. Brook, the dead woman herself.
This story has everything a romance reader wants: a gorgeous setting with beautiful descriptions of the wildlife and sea at Marlborough Sounds, a wealthy but complicated family with many layered secrets, and two handsome and hurting men who loved the same woman. The drama between the characters and their complex relationships are authentic and expertly written, especially the intense hatred between Jamie and Tyler which is disguised as love of Sarah. This story is well written, has a very good pace, and moves quickly to a dramatic conclusion that readers will enjoy to make this a very interesting and entertaining read.