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Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite
The Intimacy of Strangers by Lynne King tells the story of Rebecca Jones who found herself at the age of eight living in a strange country, and all her security and everything that had been familiar to her was left behind in England. Her memories are repressed as she was told by her father that her mother had been killed in a car accident and that was the reason for their moving to America. Her father is wealthy and Rebecca wants for nothing in the way of material things, but what she really wants from her father is something he seems unable to provide. Rebecca’s life reaches a turning point when, at the same time as her relationship with Greg ends abruptly, she receives a letter from a solicitor in England, advising her she is a beneficiary under her grandmother’s will. Rebecca is upset that she had not known of her grandmother’s existence, and on a sudden impulse leaves her life in America and travels to England to try to discover the secrets of her past. There she meets a neighbour, Ross Devlin, and her life takes a totally unexpected turn.
The author, Lynne King, weaves a mystery with a romance and creates a captivating story of intrigue and heartache. The writing is polished and smooth and the characters well developed and believable. The reader is whisked along as the past unfolds and Rebecca’s life changes forever. There’s a touch of Captain Von Trapp in Ross Devlin that makes the reader root for the budding romance between the two protagonists, at the same time sparking an interest in the mysterious secrets that have been kept for so many years. An exciting and engaging read.