Title: Searching for Irene
Author: Marlene Bateman
Marlene Bateman Sullivan grew up in Utah, and graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor's degree in English. She is married to Kelly R. Sullivan and they live in North Salt Lake, Utah with their two dogs and four cats. Marlene has been published extensively in magazines and newspapers and wrote the best-selling romance/suspense novel, Light on Fire Island. She has written three other cozy mysteries; Motive for Murder, A Death in the Family, and Crooked House, as well as the romance, For Sale by Owner.
Publisher: Covenant Communications
My rating 5 out of 5.
The novel gripped me from the first page all the way till the surprise ending I never saw coming! I kept turning pages and trying to figure out who was responsible for Irene vanishing. Ana, being the oldest, comes to take her sister’s place without revealing whether she had or didn’t have a connection to Irene. The head of the household, Lawrence, needs help getting his paperwork in order to submit taxes and to have a system set up to make it easier for him to keep track of the household’s financial status.
The brothers, Kent and Tyler, have different areas of interests and ideas for making their father’s estate grow. Ana is well educated and listens to what various household workers share regarding Irene specifically and anyone else in general. Ana is bearing up under a load of guilt she has placed on her heart that in time readers like myself hope she lets go in order to grasp a brighter future.
The ending was just surprising and astonishing as I never would have picked that character to be the one responsible for what occurred in the mansion along with another character that Ana remembers seeing but couldn’t remember where for most of the story. The author has listed in the front of her book other novels she has published and I want to read them as well! I loved the romance, mystery, intrigue and various personalities and quirks of the household members.
Be prepared to sit until you get to the end of the book as it is exceptionally written and engaging!
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Marlene’s website: www.marlenebateman.info
For Sale by Owner: Stressed by a difficult year, McKenzie Forsberg quits her high-powered job to move back to her hometown. Desperate and determined to rebuild her life, Kenzie seeks to buy the home she grew up in. The only problem is that a handsome widower, Jared Rawlins, also wants the house. As a battle of wits ensue, sparks of attraction grow into something more. Then, Kenzie makes a stunning discovery about her past that changes everything. Will the power of love be enough to allow Jared and Kenzie to find their happily ever after?