Beneath the Shine is the third book in A Prairie Tale Series by Lisa Sorbe. This book comes in as number three in this series of standalones. The other two books ‘One Fluttering Heartbeat” book #1, and “Found in Silence” book #2, are both wonderful stories too, so if you haven’t read them yet, you will most probably decide that you really want to get your hands on them, especially after reading this one.
Betsy has what most would consider to be a great life, but her reality is far from perfect. She is really just going through the motions of life, putting on a ‘shine’ for the world to see- when she has actually been quite lost for a long time. She keeps a secret that she has never revealed to anyone- the memory of which plagues her days and haunts her nights- never letting her fully embrace life. I was very quickly emotionally invested in the outcome of Betsy’s story and rooting for her the whole way through. Adair is her good friend, and there is a lot more to him than my first impression. I really grew to love him as a character as well. I really didn’t like Clint at all, the whole way through till the last few chapters when he redeemed himself in my eyes. Her family are just awful, I wanted to abduct her and adopt her into my family. Such horrible people. But I guess the fact that I felt so strongly about fictional characters is just another testament to Ms. Sorbe’s supreme writing skills.
I found this story to be a little heavier in content and more emotional than the first two. Maybe because I could personally relate to what Betsy had been through. As the story unfolded, transitioning from past to present to help fill in the backstory, my heart broke for what Betsy had been forced to endure. I really wanted to hug her so badly. But there was so much more to this superb friends to lovers romance story- and I really enjoyed watching the characters growth and development over the course of the story. It was a little slow to get going, but once the pace picked up the story really took off.
I really can’t wait to see what the author does next!
Thank you, Ms. Sorbe!
Reviewed by @angelahayes