Land of the Noonday Sun (Southern Suspense, #2)by Published 16 Sep 2019
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When two strangers have nothing left but their dreams, they must forge a relationship in Nantahala, North Carolina, a small town known as Land of the Noonday Sun.
Cassandra is the beautiful, yet analytical daughter of a wealthy attorney. Destined to follow in her father’s footsteps, her life of privilege suddenly shatters, and she finds herself with no home, career, or money. A glimmer of hope arrives in a letter from the grave promising a happier existence. Cassandra stands to inherit over half a million dollars if she can live in the sleepy little town of Nantahala for six months. Falling in love, however, was not part of the deal, and without warning, she finds herself fighting for two lives.
A man with a traumatic past is able to turn his life around and is happy with his chosen career as a whitewater guide. Everything changes though when fate hurls a woman into his path. His carefree life is in turmoil, and his former weaknesses threaten to overtake him. Will he be strong enough when tragedy strikes and is once again in danger of losing everything he loves?
Land of the Noonday Sun (Southern Suspense, #2) Reviews
When I first started reading Land of the Noonday Sun I was a little confused, but intrigued. I knew it would be a romance novel, but it started with two broken families and I couldn't figure out which parent the story would be about. Turns out I was a little off the mark. I turned the page and realized it wasn't about the adults of the broken homes, it was about the children, now grown. Skipping forward quite a few years, we are introduced to Cassandra, a law graduate. When her life is turned upside down, providential care seems to intervene and a new door is opened for her.
Land of the Noonday Sun pulled me in with the improbable and whirlwind romance that had me uttering all kinds of awes and laughs as Chad wooed Cassandra. It also had me groaning, muttering under my breath, and feeling the character's frustration when Chad's past comes back to haunt him (and I mean that in the best way). Chad is a protective, charming, sweep you off your feet kind of guy that isn't afraid to follow his feelings, especially when it comes to Cassandra. As the reader it's hard not to fall in love with him right along with Cassie.
Carmen DeSousa brought the suspense in and just the right point in the book. Just when I was feeling a happily ever after, BAM, it hit me. And it took off at lightning speed. I was hurting for Chad, after having gone through so much in life he deserved a happy ending, and he was being faced with more trials.
I won't give away the conclusion, but it was fit the modern-day fairy tale that it is.
Occasionally, the dialogue comes off as a bit unnatural and overly formal. At first, I brushed it off as in character with Cassandra's dad, and that it had rubbed off on her. However, sometimes Chad's dialogue was too formal for his character and it didn't ring true. But, since it only pops up occasionally, I feel it's more an oversight than an issue with the story, and it certainly didn't ruin the experience for me.
The christian theme in this book is a lot stronger than it was in Carmen's debut novel. We see characters bringing up Christianity in discussion of moral dilemmas and they often turn to prayer when they are faced with problems. However, Carmen does not claim to have written a christian novel. Her characters do hold to christian beliefs, but there is no underlying message or preaching of the gospel, faith is just a part of their life.
And the ending... well let's just say that the twist is gonna leave you sitting in your chair, jaw on the floor, wondering if a semi truck just hit you. Okay, maybe not that painful, but definitely that surprising and juicy.
I'm giving Land of the Noonday Sun four out of five stars. I enjoyed the story, the plot was well timed and kept me hooked, the beginning was a nice little twist to bring me some backdrop, and the ending was fantastic, not to mention the characters are very real with real life flaws. However, the overly formal dialogue that makes its way in from time to time did bring it down a star. But, no book is perfect and I highly recommend this read.
I loved this one. I think it has a lot to do with the characters. Carmen DeSousa may be incapable of writing a hero that doesn't make me melt. Chad is so sweet. He is not without flaws, but who is? He and Cassie have both had a rough time in the past, but find one another under rather unusual circumstances. And then, just when everything is going great...well, I don't want to ruin it. But there is suspense as well and it will have you turning pages to find out what will happen next.
There is a fun little surprise tucked inside the story for those who have read She Belongs to Me, but if you haven't, you won't be missing anything. I recommend this book for all fans of sweet romance and page-turning suspense.
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars, but we're going to round up because I loved this book :)
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Carmen DeSousa has officially been added to my list of authors I will read anything by If her name's on it, I want to read it. Land of the Noonday Sun was that great.
Right of the bat, this book begins with a very intriguing scenario, and then continues into more events that just suck you in. Then, we start getting attached to the characters and drawn into the mystery until we have no choice but to read read read to get to the ending. Needless to say, in this book, there was rarely a dull moment.
Cassandra: Cassie is a nice protag. She's serious, yet passionate, and a very real character that can most definitely be related to by a reader. I liked her. She made the best of what she had, though she was cautious, for good reasons.
Chad: I liked Cassie, but I LOVED Chad. I enjoyed reading from his point of view the most. Carmen DeSousa gave us yet another southern gentleman that I couldn't help but love. While Chad was a super amazing southern gentleman, he ws by no means perfect. He said not-the-best things. He did not-the-best things. But he made up for all of it a hundred times over. This guy is seriously amazing.
Other Characters: Tom--I like Tom. A lot. That guy...he's a good guy. Michelle--that girl is all kinds of crazy. Sorry, but it's true. Brandy--there's more to her than meets the eye, and that was ocol to find out.
The plot. The plot was fast-paced and utterly captivating. Not something I got bored while reading, that's for sure.
The sweetness. I already mentioned that Chad is a southern gentleman. Which means that there was of course an abundence of sweet, tummy-tingling moments. Cassie and Chad's relationship may not have been perfect, but it was beautiful.
The ending. These characters got the wonderful ending they deserve. Plus, it wasn't an ending that made me want to slap people! Yay!
Overall, if you thought She Belongs to Me was good, you'll be blown away by Land of the Noonday Sun. And if you haven't read either of them...do it.
Good book...I will be reading more of hers.
Land of the Noonday Sun is not the type of book I normally read, but I decided to give it a try after meeting the author on Twitter. And, I’m glad I did. It was a well-written, lovely Christian based/romance/suspense YA novel with interesting characters and a storyline that comes to a feel-good, dramatic conclusion. Good for you, Carmen DeSousa! Five stars!