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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite
Oak Creek, Kentucky was portrayed as a sleepy, tranquil town, but it held a dirty secret. When Ryan Collins and Emily Carmichael decided to stake out Joseph Maynard’s barn, as a result of information found in her aunt’s home, a drug operation was unveiled. It was a shock to the community that Tom Henley, the respected CPA, was also involved in the scheme. Emily suffered both physical and emotional effects from that night. As Emily recovered from the frightening experience, a strong attraction developed between Ryan and her. The relationship was complicated – she was committed to staying in Oak Creek and renovating the historic home she had inherited from her Aunt Millie. Ryan traveled a great deal in his work as a photographer. More importantly, Ryan had unresolved demons always preventing him from building long-term relationships.
Beneath the Surface: Book 2 in the Oak Creek Series, written by B. K. Stubblefield, chronicles the loving and excruciating moments of the relationship between Ryan and Emily. The author presents many interesting characters in this novel, and each one is described well. How she portrays the troubling aspects of Ryan’s childhood, and how these affect him in adult love relationships, is authentic and heartrending. The motivation underneath Emily’s commitment to her aunt’s home renovation also has authenticity within it. Although Beneath the Surface is part of a series, it stands alone well. The plot is intriguing, engaging the reader from the first page to the last. A wonderful read for a quiet day at home, or on the beach!