||July 20, 2012
Janie had high hopes of getting her life on the right path and freedom from the Petrilo Crime Family, but more tragedies and startling revelations send her plans right out the window. Janie's past trouble and sadness lurk back from the shadows. The beautiful life Janie has come to love takes a turn leading her right back to where she started in the clutches of the Petrilos. Will Janie survive another go around with the organized crime family?
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Just when Janie had high hopes of getting her life on the right path and being happy and free from the Petrilo Crime Family; more tragedies and startling revelations sends her in a direction she never imagined. Janie thought all the trauma and heartbreak the Petrilos brought her were in the past and she could move on with a new life in Cherokee, NC. However, as many times in Janie's past trouble and sadness lurk in the shadows. The beautiful life Janie has come to love takes a turn leading her right back to where she started; right back into the clutches of the Petrilo Crime Family. Will Janie survive another go around with the Petrilo Crime Family?
“Just be careful ok. You’re very vulnerable right now and I don’t want some jerk taken advantage of that. Understand?... Does he know how much money you got?” Daniel asked raising an eyebrow in suspicion.
“God no! We don’t talk about that crap… he has no clue about any amount of money I may or may not have” Janie lied. She knew better than to mention Malachi was aware that at one time she was able to get her hands on $10,000 cash.
“What do you two talk about?”
“I don’t know… things… Daniella… how I’m doing that day… he don’t much talk about himself. And well I don’t ask.” Janie was so wrapped up in her grief she’d never really taken the time to learn more about him. At that moment she realized just how little she knew about this man.
“Jesus Janie, really?” Daniel couldn’t believe what he was hearing.
“Ok, well I’m gonna run a check on him like I should of in the beginning. I wanna know who my sister and baby niece are living with. Damn… really?... I thought you were smarter than that.” Daniel could only shake his head in disagreement. Janie could be exposing herself and her daughter to a serial killer or child molester.
Great second book of the series
By William D. Curnutt TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE™ VOICE
In Book two of her trilogy we join Janie, her brother Daniel, and her new best friend, Malachi Wolfe and Janie tries to get her life under control. Janie has given birth to Daniella and is trying to start her new life living under Malachi's roof.
Malachi does his best to bring comfort and care to Janie, without asking for anything in return. He loves Daniella as though she were his own daughter. He provides, protects and brings a sense of healing and safety to the lives of mother and daughter.
But brother Daniel is not to sure that he wants Janie living with Malachi. They have a falling out because of this, but Daniel upon further investigation decides that Malachi is OK and actually finds himself liking this man.
Malachi's family comes more into play in this 2nd novel. They come around he and Janie and Daniella and really start to bond with them. Janie is finding healing. But she doesn't want her daughter to forget her father, so each evening she shows her a picture of Rico and tells her that he is her daddy.
Things are going well and we start to learn more about Malachi. It turns out that he has a special gift, much like Janie does. He is a gifted `holy man' of the Cherokee people. He brings insights and healing to others, and when she is ready he will bring healing to Janie from her emotional pain.
Eventually Janie settles into a good life, a safe life, a protected life. The FBI wants her to testify against the Petrilo mob family, but she doesn't have to. Anthony gets sentenced to 25 years in prison and it appears that things are going to be good for Janie and her baby and they don't need to worry.
But then tragedy hits again, someone kidnaps her daughter, neither she nor Malachi saw this coming and they are distraught. Months go by and the FBI is unable to find Daniella. They don't believe the Mob has taken her, so who has?
Janie and Malachi come to terms with the loss, they come to terms with their relationship and they get married. Janie gets pregnant and even though her daughter is missing she and Malachi are moving on.
Then an accident happens, Malachi falls off the roof and is injured. He is rushed to the hospital. While there Janie's water breaks and she gives birth to their child . . . . . or she at least is in the process of giving birth. Everything goes black and then . . . . .
Well, let's just say the story takes a very interesting turn at this point. The last third of the book focuses on how our minds can play tricks on us, or at least it appears that is happening.
Reyna Hawk brings a twist to the story that you won't see coming. She brings a surprise that you might not like, or you just might think is cool. I know I was caught off guard and wasn't sure I liked this new twist. But the more I read the more I was caught up in what was happening.
Janie's mind is playing tricks and you won't know where it is going to head and how it is going to end.
The best part, in true Trilogy fashion you are left hanging, wanting to know how things are going to turn out. I haven't been this interested in the next volume of a series since reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Reyna's writing continues to be refreshing, well balanced, engaging and well frankly, just so down to earth that I feel like these folks have become some of my best friends and I just want the best for them. I am so drawn to these characters that I am left speechless wanting to know what is going to happen.
If you haven't read the first book, "Looking Through Blind Eyes" you definitely need to read it first before reading this one. You can catch my review of that book either here on Amazon or at my blog site, <...> also out on my blog you will find an interview with Reyna Hawk.
Reflection of Secrets (Valentine/Petrilo)
by Reyna Hawk
This is the 2nd book in the set by Reyna.
This book was wow great wonderful. Kept me on the edge of my seat wanting more.
It has mystery adventure and more.
I will be telling my friends about this book and tell them they need to read it.
I give it 5 stars. I can not wait for book 3..
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