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Reviewed by Ronél Steyn for Readers' Favorite
Lucille Skelton brings us a suspenseful romance in Open Secrets. Verna North has decided to return to her home on the island of Grand Pinnacle. Her brother is getting married and has asked her to help with the planning. She hasn’t really been back in the 10 years since graduation. Not for longer than a week, and then only with the utmost secrecy. Not after what happened at the graduation party. Not after the majority of the community joined in the gossip. Not after Marcus Strong. Representing the firm of Gentles & Worth at a board meeting of Grand Pinnacle University, Verna is surprised that Marcus is present as well. Are they able to build something more this time around while dealing with the interference of old high-school rivals?
Author Lucille Skelton has created a wonderful combination of romance and suspense in the third book of the Secrets series with Open Secrets. I appreciated the fact that I was given the relevant information within the first two chapters to get a sense of the series. This means that the book can be read as a stand-alone. However, do not deprive yourself of the full story written by a superb author! I really loved the incorporation of the agricultural preservation element as well as the treasure-hunt-like theme. Also, who wouldn’t adore the descriptions of the mazes? The characters are likable and relatable, and a good balance is placed on enticing all the readers' senses. Relevant focus is placed on the strength of the sibling bond and will make you treasure the ones you do have.