Book Review: Captured Secrets

Captured Secrets JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Captured Secrets by Carmen Peone, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book

Title: Captured Secrets 
: Seven Tine Ranch Romance #1
: Carmen Peone
Publisher: Iron Stream Media
Release Date: March 7, 2023
: Christian Contemporary Western Romance

“Brimming with suspense and adventure, Captured Secrets, is a love story I’ll not soon forget. An engrossing tale with all the twists and turns that make a contemporary Western so hard to put down.” Debra Whiting Alexander, award-winning author of Zetty

After her parents die in a horrific car accident, Sydney Moomaw is thrust into running their guest ranch in eastern Washington. She soon discovers that her parents were keeping secrets. Why is the ranch in serious debt? Why did her parents allow the insurance to lapse? Why didn’t they tell her about it? And where are their wills? Sydney needs to figure out a way to save the ranch she loves before her sister sells it.

Photographer Trey Hardy arrives at the ranch the same day Sydney’s parents are killed. His working-vacation plans change when he decides to help Sydney save her ranch. But, his offers to help are met with resistance. Her stubbornness and independence are both maddening and alluring.

Amid the tangle of finances, tensions with her sister, and her own grief and anger, Sydney begins receiving threatening notes. They must be from her abusive ex-husband, but he’s in jail. Isn’t he? When a teenager appears at the ranch insisting she is Sydney’s daughter, Sydney finally realizes she’s going to have to start trusting people to help her. Will Trey’s plan work? Can they save her beloved ranch? Can she really have the life she’s dreamed of?

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My Review of Captured Secrets

By now I hope you all know that I am kind of a sucker for any book that has the words ranch or horses in it. So, when I saw this book by Carmen Peone, I was immediately intrigued. quite honestly the synopsis is what pulled me in with this one there was so much packed into it I just had to see what else was inside the book itself. 

I thought Carmen Peone did a great job with her character, Sydney and Trey specifically. She covered a lot of ground with them, a lot of messiness, a lot of secrets, and family dynamics that can be hard to deal with. One of my favorite parts was that she didn’t shy away from dealing with those tough subjects, but she faced them head on and she showed grace and faith throughout them.  

The setting was very well described, and it made me feel like I was right there. It made me wish I was still getting to ride horses every day. 

I liked how overall the theme was about trusting God through it all like even if it was hard to know that God had it all. I felt that the story was pretty well developed, and I am looking forward to seeing where she takes the other characters in this series. 

*I volunteered to read this book in return for my honest feedback. 

About the Author

Carmen Peone is an award-winning author of Young Adult Adventure and Contemporary Western Romance and lives in northeast Washington state and on the Colville Confederated Indian Reservation with her husband. She had worked with a Tribal Elder, Marguerite Ensminger, for three years learning the Arrow Lakes Language and various cultural traditions, which led to her writing career. With a degree in abnormal psychology, the thought of writing never entered her mind, until she married her husband and they moved to the reservation after college. With the love of history and the western woman’s lifestyle, she weaves threads of hope, family, relationships, love, and faith into her stories. Sign up for her newsletter and receive her novella, Gentling the Cowboy for Free.

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Tour Giveaway

(3) winners will each receive a signed (or Amazon ebook) copy of Captured Secrets (winner’s choice), a $15 Amazon gift card, and a photo greeting card related to the book and taken by the author!

  Captured Secrets JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight March 7, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on March 14, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. thanks for your review. the author sounds like a truly interesting person. this sounds like an enjoyable story

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