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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
A Song for Ladybug by Susan Haught is Book 3 of the Whisper of the Pines series. Five years ago, Rachel lost her husband. Fifteen years ago, she was sexually assaulted but has locked the memories away. Now living with her daughter and her grandpa, Rachel is desperately trying to hang on to some sense of normalcy. Then a letter arrives. Her attacker has requested early release and the past has threatened to come rushing back. Miles Malone is a veterinarian and a SAR volunteer, present on the day Rachel’s husband went missing and, over the years, their feelings for one another have grown. Miles is also hopelessly devoted to Ladybug, Rachel’s daughter. Rachel builds up the courage to confront her attacker with Miles protecting her, but with all the memories of the past unleashed, can their new relationship survive?
A Song for Ladybug: Whisper of the Pines Book 3 by Susan Haught is a bit of tearjerker, a deeply emotional story of one woman’s survival against all the odds. This is an incredibly well-written story, clearly a great deal of thought has gone into getting the plot just right. It has a bit of everything in it – romance, despair, a touch of the supernatural, terror and fear. It’s a heartwarming story with plenty of suspense and lots of heart-stopping, edge-of-the-seat moments. I found myself holding my breath at times in the book, waiting to see what would happen, and breathing huge sighs of relief in other parts. The characters are well-developed, each having their own personality that comes out through the story, little by little. This is a long read, but it couldn’t have been done any other way; the detail was needed to make this story so real and I guarantee anyone who reads it will not want to put it down. A box of tissues is a requirement!