Title – Lies Beneath the Surface
Author – Silla Webb
Release Date – September 3, 2014
Series – Buried Secrets, #2
Carly Jo Simon carries the weight of the world on her shoulders.
When she unearthed her daddy’s secrets, she had no idea the repercussions she would be faced to live with. Now, his secrets are her own to carry, as she fights to protect her sister Savannah from their daddy’s daunting past and their bastard brother Drew.
Savannah wears a mask of perfection, shielding everyone from the reality of her personal imprisonment. When Savannah’s secrets are exposed, Carly stands by her, hand in hand, offering Savannah the comfort and strength she needs to move on.
Despite carrying the weight of other’s secrets on her back, Carly’s own secrets burden her deeply. Although she battled to keep her heart safely guarded from Colton Weston, he owns every inch of her. But when Carly turned her back on Colton and opened her arms to her best friend Luke, she made a mistake that could shatter all three of their lives.
They all have something to hide. But it’s the secrets that lie beneath the surface that could destroy them all.
It’s about time I was able to get my hands on this book! After the dreaded cliffhanger that Covered in Coal finished in, I had been unable to get these characters out of my head. Naturally though, that left a lot of time for me to build the story up in my own head. Luckily, Silla Webb did not disappoint in her delivery with these characters and gave readers a swoonworthy story with just the right amount of drama and angst to go with the happy things that occurred.
“I know the depths that we bury our secrets and the lengths we go to hide that shame that we carry.”
We’re drawn back into the coal mining world of Carly Jo’s in this book, though we see a lot more of their personal lives rather than at Simon Enterprises. I actually appreciated this because I wanted all those details about the lies and secrets – and I don’t think that could have been accomplished as well as it was if there was more time spent at the mines. We got a few scenes there and it felt like the perfect amount. We also got the alpha male Colton that we’ve come to love as well as the best friend Luke who is beyond intuitive and sweet. I felt that Silla put a lot more development into their characters in this book. We got to see much rounder pictures of who they really are, which in turn reflected the author’s growth. These three are a trifecta of perfection and I absolutely adored every moment with each of them. However, I’d be lying if I said that little Miss Heidi Jo didn’t steal the story for me! Her character provided the perfect touch too; her sassiness added a lighter element, while some moments captured your heart and just added that extra punch to the story!
“I don’t want to think about the past anymore. We can’t change anything behind us, we can only pave a perfection for tomorrow.”
The story flowed quite easily, particularly through the other arcs that were occurring – particularly with Carly Jo’s sister, Savannah. Her story was heartbreaking all in its own, but her character is quite the one to be admired. I truly hope we get more of her and her future in a subsequent novel. The only thing that got to me was several grammatical errors (NOT relating to the dialect and language used, but other errors). However, I truly did enjoy this installment, and especially getting the resolution to the cliffhanger. All my lingering questions were answered and I became even more invested in each and every one of these characters. Silla Webb has a way of introducing people to a culture is proud of, one that she loves and making the reader develop an appreciation for it as well. She has made me aware of this world that I never really knew existed and I’m so grateful for that. I really can’t wait to see what else this author delivers for us!
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Don’t Miss the Other Books in the Series!
Covered in Coal (Buried Secrets #1)
Mend the Seams (Buried Secrets #3)
Rock Bottom (Buried Secrets #3.5)
Silla Webb is a Kentucky native, raised in the heart of the Eastern Kentucky coal fields. A coal truck driver’s daughter, and a railroader’s wife, the coal fields own a special place in her heart.
She is a work at home, Super Momma to three rowdy boys, who keep her on her feet from daylight to sunset. As a pass time from her everyday life, Silla started a blog-Momma’s Secret Book Obsession, for reviewing romance novels. From there, she realized that not only did she have a natural love for reading and reviewing, but she found that lost love of writing that she once had as a young girl.
When she isn’t conquering the world as a wife, momma and Super Woman, Silla loves to lay on the front porch swing and read while sipping sweet tea, just passin’ the day away.