The Art of Inheriting Secrets, Barbara O’Neal

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This is my second O’Neal book and I borrowed this one from Prime reading (which I completely forgot I had). This one has been incredibly well reviewed, so I’m going to skip that and get into my thoughts.

I loved Olivia’s mother left her one final scavenger hunt, and I just wish it wasn’t at the expense of not getting desperately needed answers while she was alive. But I do love that she saw it as a way to not fixate on the loss and find a way to move on.

I loved all the characters, they were incredibly in-depth, and I especially loved Samir and his sister Pavi (and I would love to see more of Pavi down the road, she deserves her own story told). I loved the connection between Samir and Olivia, this magnetic attracting and easy-going way. O’Neal’s strength is creating a rich atmosphere, she’s a great storyteller, and once again, I found myself completely engrossed in her story. Rosemere sounds like a fantastic place to visit, secrets and disasters included.

As is the way, sometimes in life, everything that could go wrong for Olivia did, which brings us the reason why I give it 4 stars instead of 5. So many negative things started happening as I neared the end, starting with Grant, and then they were too swiftly resolved. The death of her friend, the fire at the house, the secret her mother was keeping, the problems with Grant, the fire, it all just either resolved by more of a swift telling as opposed to showing or will be resolved at some point, which was very disappointing because I had spent so much time invested in this story and the endless disasters.

But aside from the ending, which has made me a bit sour, this was a great read. I think the fact this is my second O’Neal book in a month speaks volumes to how much of a new fan I am, and I plan to start my new year off with another book of hers to fall in love with. Well done.

You can read my review on Amazon, Goodreads, and Bookbub, give it a like while you’re there. The Art of Inheriting Secrets is available on Amazon for $1.99, it’s enrolled in KU.

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