Title: The Secrets of Neverwood
Author: GB Lindsey, Diana Copland, Libby Drew
Publisher: Carina Press
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Three foster brothers are called home to Neverwood, the stately Pacific Northwest mansion of their youth. They have nothing in common but a promise to Audrey, the woman they all called mother–that upon her death, they would restore the house and preserve it as a home for troubled boys.
But going home is never easy.
Cal struggles to recover from past heartbreak, while Danny fears his mistakes are too big to overcome. Devon believes he may never break down the barriers that separate him from honest emotion.
On the path to brotherhood, they discover the old mansion holds more than dusty furniture and secret passageways. Audrey’s spirit still walks its halls, intent on guiding “her boys” toward true love, and an old mystery stirs up a new danger–one that could cost the men far more than just the house.
Secrets of Neverwood includes:
One Door Closes by G.B. Lindsey
The Growing Season by Diana Copland
The Lost Year by Libby Drew
Secrets of Neverwood is an anthology linking three stand alone stories through the house and their somewhat shared history. Though each story stands alone and is a complete story, to get the full history and backstory, all 3 stories should be read in order.
One Door Closes by GB Lindsey 3
Oh boy, I am not entirely sure what to say about this one. From a character perspective, it is a worthy intro to this anthology. We get a good intro to Calvin. We get enough info about Devon to whet our appetite. Danny, however, is very much the forgotten main character in this one.
One Door Closes focuses on Calvin. Though, “focus” is a term I use loosely in this instance. I often found the prose rambling and hard to follow. I repeatedly had to re-read sections (sometimes more than once), and for someone who reads as much and as quickly as I do, that is quite a frustration. I have never used the term “purple prose” in a review before, but it the only way I can describe One Door Closes. The prose is beautiful but very inappropriate to the genre and, more importantly, to the story the author was attempting to tell.
Lindsey never explained anything. While I enjoy a story that makes me think and allows me to draw my own conclusions, one the keeps me completely off kilter and never gives adequate explanations (implied or otherwise) does not make for an enjoyable reading experience. I, also, often got the impression I was being spoken AT. I was not a part of the story, simply an unwanted observer who was made to feel like they were intruding and purposely being kept away from the meat of the story. On second thought, that statement is inaccurate. I was not being kept from the meat of the story; I was being kept from the entire thing with long, convoluted sections of telling and not nearly enough showing.
I could probably go on for another 200 words about this story, but I will just leave you with this. Despite the flaws, I enjoyed getting to know Calvin and am looking forward to Danny and Devon’s stories very much.
The Growing Season by Diana Copland 4.5
So after reading One Door Closes, I had to take a few days off before delving into the second story in the Secrets of Neverwood anthology. The Growing Season by Diana Copland focuses on the youngest of the brothers, Danny. We know from the first installment that he has a bit of a troubled past.
Danny needs to be loved. Like many of the kids who have spent time in Neverwood, he was abandoned by everyone who was supposed to love him. But for him it started shortly after birth and continued through his entire life. One impulsive, teenage decision has damaged him in more ways than one. He thinks he is unlovable, and he is unable to trust. Slowly the son of one of the brothers’ enemies weasels his way under Danny’s skin. With the help of the ghost of his mother, can Danny trust his heart and his brothers?
The Growing Season looks at loyalty, trust, family, and of course love. It is a romance in its own right, but it is part of the entire Neverwood world. I loved spending a couple more hours there and am looking forward to the final installment the Lost Year by Libby Drew.
The Lost Year by Libby Drew 4.5*
The final story in the trilogy is about the oldest brother, Devon. One of Audrey’s first, and more troubled, foster children, he left Neverwood when he turned 18 and never looked back. He has traveled the world as a photojournalist and has seen some true horrors. By the time The Lost Year starts, he has been back at Neverwood and bonding with his brothers for months. Devon is aloof, almost cold. He has used that trait in his work and is happy alone. That is until Nicholas shows up in his life, desperate and close to the end of his rope.
In this installment, we see Devon slowly soften the wall around his heart. We see the brothers move forward to become the men that will carry on the work of their mother. We see things come full circle. We see Angus finally getting his due. We see some seriously cool paranormal activity. The Lost Year is a worthy, well written, end to this fabulous anthology.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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