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Title: Lucy’s Mansion
Author: Deanne Durrett
Rating: 5 stars
About the Book
In this sequel to Rogue Trust, Becca and J.T. try to follow God’s plan for their lives as they begin their relationship anew. But, trouble is on the way. Becca buys Lucy Evan’s home and plans to turn the luxurious mansion into a shelter for battered women. Not only do the residents of the affluent community surrounding Lucy’s Mansion detest Becca’s new money, they do not want those unfortunate women in their neighborhood. Moving the shelter to Lucy’s mansion violates zoning laws and a complaint has been filed. If it’s upheld by the city council, the women and children living in Lucy’s mansion will be forced to vacate and they have no place to go.
As Becca and J.T. join hands to fight City Hall, strong mutual attraction and ample chemistry pull them together, but the path to marital bliss for the widow and confirmed bachelor is bumpy and winds along the edge of a steep cliff.
Haunted by the past and present responsibilities, neither feels free to love again. Becca’s twelve-year-old daughter insists second marriages are bad for kids and Becca can’t ignore her child’s plea, “Mom. Please don’t marry J.T.” Struggling with his fear of rejection and wounded by a past relationship, J.T. can’t face the possibility of a second broken heart. Tension climbs higher when J.T. sees Becca in the arms of another man and Becca hears rumors of another woman.
Is the love drawing them together strong enough to overcome the forces pulling them apart?
Lucy’s Mansion by Deanne Durrett is a great book and continues the story that was begun in Rogue Trust. Becca buys the beautiful Victorian home of Lucy Evans and converts it into a home for battered women and children. The wealthy residents of the community that surrounds Lucy’s Mansion are doing everything they can to get the women thrown out of the house. Unfortunately, the shelter violates zoning laws which are upheld by the City Council. Becca and J.T. join together to fight the City Council and in the process they realize that they have a strong attraction to each other. There is also a problem with Becca’s twelve-year-old daughter for she keeps saying that second marriages are bad for kids. Becca wants a life with J.T. but she feels that her daughter comes first.
Deanne Durrett has done an excellent in the development of this second story about Becca and her huge inherited fortune. All characters were so well developed that I either loved or greatly disliked them. Only the two society ladies come to mind as ones that I really disliked. Dialogue was right on the mark and the descriptions of scenes were so real that I felt I was right there where everything was happening. Becca’s young daughter, Amy, seemed very real and concerned about her mother and in this book she displays more of the traits or a typical preteen. There was a great deal of suspense in this story. Would Becca or the City Council win the fight over the zoning for Lucy’s Mansion and would Becca and J.T. be able to overcome their problems in their love life? I especially liked the way that the author had the characters depending on God for guidance. I hope that there will be more books in this series for this is a group of characters that I really love and want to follow their lives into the future.
I highly recommend this book to everyone that loves a great Christian romance that also has some suspense and tense moments.
Thanks to the author, Deanne Durrett, for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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This review was submitted by: Deanna Gottreu – please visit their website at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog