Turning the Tides by Nell Castle


Turning the Tides by Nell Castle
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (258 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Stargazer

Ever the black sheep of her adoptive family, Lee Cooper has finally buckled down to a responsible job as a social worker in Southwest Florida. Defending her client against charges of child abuse awakens buried memories of her own abandonment in a Korean orphanage. Can she remain objective for the sake of a child?

Bricker Kilbourn, the court-appointed guardian, doubts Lee’s judgments–and his opinion might determine the little boy’s fate. He’s got his own family issues and haunting secrets to keep. Falling for a woman is not part of his plan.

He’s running from his past. She’s searching for answers. Will their resolution to protect a child bind them together or wrench them apart?

Sometimes our past comes back to haunt us in unexpected ways.

Lee Cooper works in Social Services assisting parents and children to build better lives after the concerns are raised by Child Protective Services. When one difficult case arises where Lee is convinced that the foster mother is being manipulative of the system, Lee must act. Yet, when she meets the Guardian Ad Litem for the child, she finds more than she bargained for. When Lee learns some hidden information about Bricker, the plot thickens, and Lee’s past comes bursting forth and impacts her future with the one man she feels truly comfortable with.

Nell Castle does an excellent job, telling the story from various points of view. Although Lee Cooper is the primary point of view, the story goes much more in depth and has a great dynamic that many readers would not have anticipated. Several different sub-plots all converge on Bricker and Lee’s relationship, which also entwines another dynamic completely.

The conversations are engrossing and fit right in with the various plots. The characters are strong and each character has an in-depth background which impacts their current character development. The plots are all relevant and the aspects of work and the legal ethics are well researched and strongly presented. I personally liked the interaction between Lee and her supervisor which led to some interesting dynamic between Lee and Bricker down the road.

If you want a strong romantic story that integrates how our past can come forth to impact our future, you won’t want to miss Turning the Tides!

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