Author: Marie Higgins
Publisher: Walnut Springs Press
Release Date: January 2012
4 Stars: I Really Liked It
When a hooded, deep-voiced man visits Hannah’s bedroom late at night, warning her to leave the manor for her own safety, she realizes he must be Morgan Thornton. But why does he hide in the East Wing, and why does his family insist he is but a ghost? As Hannah falls in love with the handsome older brother, she must continue to court Jonathan in order to remain at the estate. Can she convince Morgan where her true loyalties lie? And will she uncover the Thorntons’ secrets quickly enough to solve her father’s murder before she loses her own life?
I didn’t realize this was a retelling of Beauty and The Beast until I started reading it. A beautiful girl in a mysterious Manor with a man in hiding who changes into beast form. There are so many additional characters with twists and turns in this story though. So at the same time it wasn’t like a retelling at all.
Hannah was brave and smart, and Morgan was mysterious and heroic. The ending bothered me slightly. I like happy endings, but it was a bit too perfect for me. That’s out of character for me to say, but I had come to grips with how I thought things would turn out in the end.
I really enjoyed this book. It had suspense, mystery, and of course romance. It was a beautiful love story of overcoming obstacles to be with the person you love.
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Sexual Content: mild ( lots of kissing )
Violence: mild ( fighting, blood, death )
Reviewed by Kathryn Cooper
Creator of Clean Adult Fiction
1 thought on “Book Review: Secrets After Dark by Marie Higgins”
I'm glad you enjoyed this one! It sounds like something I would really like. I love retellings, and Beauty & the Beast is my favorite.