A Shadow on The Ground by Rebecca Lee Smith


A Shadow on The Ground by Rebecca Lee Smith
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full Length (222 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Poppy

Morgan Maguire is afraid to believe in second chances. The family orchard is failing, her twin brother is being framed for murder, and the sharks are circling. The tough exterior she’s spent years hiding behind is beginning to crumble, just as the man who shattered her heart is back in her life. Gage Kirkland is as compelling and magnetic as ever, and he’s offering the kind of help she may not be able to refuse. But can she trust him?

To finance his troubled son’s therapy, Gage, a former investigator, takes one last job–recovering a stolen Civil War artifact. Unfortunately, it’s in the possession of the woman he left behind, the woman who’s haunted his dreams ever since. The electricity between them still crackles, but unless he helps exonerate her brother and finds a way to confess his true reason for returning, how will he ever recover Morgan’s heart?

Looking for a romantic suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat and also make your heart sigh?  A Shadow on the Ground fits the bill.

Morgan was a bit hard for me to like at first.  If I hadn’t seen hints of her soft heart in the way she dealt with Gabe’s son or the worry she had for her brother, I might have given up on her.  She made herself quite difficult in the beginning, mostly due to how much she complained about being stuck in the small town she grew up in instead of off living the big city life she wanted.  She didn’t want to stay and was trapped by her twin brother’s need.

Then she finds a body and things really start getting crazy.  Every time I thought I had it worked out who was good and who wasn’t, I was wrong (though I have to admit I had the murderer figured out about half through the book, which is the only reason this wasn’t rated a five — but I didn’t have all the reasons why this person did it until the end, so it was still a great mystery).

I really liked Gage, though I didn’t always agree with the things he did. I could understand why he did them, so that went a long way to keeping me on his side.  And I just loved Morgan’s brother (will he get his own story?) and while few of the other secondary characters were folks I enjoyed, they were definitely unique and well created. The author’s voice and skill were really very good and I’m definitely going to be looking for more of her work.

The romance was sweet and touching and full of potholes.  These two have quite a bumpy backstory and even though we know early on they’re still crazy about each other, they have a lot of issues to work through.  It made their relationship real and interesting to follow.  I was glad it wasn’t all rosy and fine.

Overall, A Shadow on the Ground was one of my favorite books this year.   I have a soft spot for romantic suspense, but also have pretty high standards.  This book hit all the right notes and I can easily recommend it to anyone looking for a little excitement with their romance.


  1. It sounds like an interesting read. There seem to be a lot going on. 🙂

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