This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
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.