Book Club: Moment of Truth

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Author: Mandy Magro
ISBN: 9781489241177
RRP: $29.99
Publisher: Harlequin
Copy: Courtesy of the Publisher/NetGalley

Mandy Magro is becoming quite a prolific Australian author and I have read quite a few of her books now, I think over half but there are still gaps in my reading.

Moment of Truth is set in North Queensland with much of the action taking place on Diamond Acres Horse Sanctuary, the place Alexis Brown and her sister Katie grew up. Mr Brown worked at Diamond Acres and the family lived in a cottage on the property until the night Mr and Mrs Brown died in a shooting that was ruled a murder-suicide. Alexis and Katie moved to Townsville with their grandparents and never went back, but that didn’t mean they stopped looking back. Years of therapy and Alexis still hasn’t managed to move on, she still hasn’t faltered in her belief that it was not her father who pulled the trigger and she has still lost all memory of the events of that night.

An anonymous note arrives out of the blue confirming the long held belief that there was someone else there that night and Alexis is determined to track down the sender of the note and find out what they know. But after all these years is she actually ready to return to Blue Ridge?

There is a lot to love about Moment of Truth, the suspense side of the story is well drawn out and there are some pretty interesting twists that I wasn’t expecting. I really enjoyed the suspense side of the story and I was hooked, always with the one more chapter to try and find out what was going on; trying to discover if Alexis ever recovered her memory.

I am struggling to find the right words because the romance was sweet, if a little predictable, but it was also very repetitive. I think I heard how they felt and the reactions to each other more than I was made to see and feel their reactions and it seemed a little repetitive to me. I am sure there will be plenty of readers who swoon all over it but it got a little over the top for me. I found myself skimming some scenes with a ‘yeah, we get it, you’re connected and the crush never went away and the chemistry between you is electric, I’ve heard it all already just get to the action’. The romance was predictable but I thought it was realistic and I thought it played out in a way that I found completely conceivable.

There are hurdles, as there are with any romance, and there are secrets but some secrets are deal-breakers, and that too was written believably. I think my big issue with the romance was the repetition in the lead up and the predictability but having said that it was still quite a sweet romance and it was one that I couldn’t help but cross my fingers for them. Alexis and Ethan have both done it pretty tough in their lives and they deserve their happy ever after, and it’s quite clear that now they’ve found one another again no-one else will ever be enough.

Diamond Acres is a horse sanctuary and this is what really showed the depth of Ethan, early on he rescues a group of brumbies from an abbattoir and the way he treats them, the care he shows, is amazing. Brumbies are a majestic animal and they are one that certainly evokes very varied reactions in people. Ethan is one of their champions and he treats them well, the respect he has for them is palpable. I love the idea of brumbies but have never been close to one so reading their stories is always interesting. I love to read of the connection people have with horses, and horses with people too.

Mandy Magro is a prolific Australian author whose work I have read more than 50% of and have enjoyed all of them. The story has definite promise and played out well, the suspense was intriguing and unfolded at a good pace with some great twists but the romance was a little predictable and repetitive. Definitely a book I would recommend and I think fans will be thrilled.

Moment of Truth is published by Harlequin Mira and available now from Angus & Robertson Bookworld, Booktopia and where all good books are sold.

Mandy Magro can be followed on Facebook and her Website.

Moment of Truth is book #50 for the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 2017.

Thanks to Harlequin 20 of our Beauty and Lace club members will be reading Moment of Truth so please be aware there may be spoilers in the comments below.


19 thoughts on “Book Club: Moment of Truth

  1. Seventeen Years after being separated by a traumatic event , Alexis goes back to Blue Ridge. After receiving a letter, she decided it was time to find some answers which in turns changes many things on ALexis’ journey. ** A moment in Truth is delivered “”

    On a reunited journey Alexis rents a place from a childhood friend and in turn Ethan and Alexis discover feelings and a romance blooms, but will the past destroy what future they may have.

    I enjoyed the way in which the author leaves the suspense till the very end, we don’t find out the truth, until the last pages. The characters are well defined and given definition, she entwines them well within the story line, giving us suspense , romance and many discoveries as the pages unravel. .

    The story shows the readers the consequences of lies and truth being omitted, living rural and the after effects of damage done and memory loss from head injuries. Mandy Magro gives us vivid descriptions and well fleshed out characters with a smooth flowing story line , that is easily read and very much enjoyed.

  2. Hmmm…what can I say that everyone else hasn’t?
    The storyline was ok…yes predictable but I find most romances are these days.
    Now the way the author described the environment that’s a different thing altogether. That was superb. I do love it when you feel like you are there with the characters.
    Overall it was a pretty good read but the storyline didn’t quite pop for me.
    Thank you to Harlequin Publishing and Beauty and Lace for the advance copy of this novel for an honest review.

  3. When Alexis Brown was thirteen years old, her parents were killed in their home. Alexis lost her memory of the night when she hit her head. The deaths were labelled a murder-suicide, however Alexis doesn’t believe her father would have killed her mother.

    Seventeen years later, Alexis receives an anonymous note, telling her that both of her parents were murdered. She decides to return to her childhood home to do her own investigating. When she arrives at the cottage, she comes across her old friend Ethan King.

    I can appreciate the author’s writing style. Her descriptive writing allows the reader to feel that they are in the story, and I was able to clearly see in my own mind what was happening, and where characters were. The language used really helped to set up the story.

    However, the way the story unfolded really threw me. At first, it was coming off as a mystery novel. When Alexis and Ethan came face to face, it seemed to take a huge turn purely into a romance novel. I’m not a big fan of novels that can’t seem to decide which path they want to take. I would probably feel differently if the story started with a mix of mystery and romance, however it just seemed to suddenly change.

    I didn’t really feel a connection with any of the characters. They felt a bit distant, and unrelatable. However, I was able to see them clearly in my mind, which helped me to see the bigger picture, along with the descriptive settings.

    It took me 2 months to get through just over 100 pages. In the end, I just skipped to the end to see what the outcome was. I just couldn’t keep reading past the point where Alexis and Ethan come face-to-face for the first time, when the story completely changed. This was my first novel by Mandy Magro, and it’s unlikely that I will read another of her books.

  4. Absolutly loved this book. From start to finish i read it in the space of 2 days. This was the first of 3 books iv read of mandy mangros and i have to say she is fast becoming my favourite author.

    I loved the characters of ethan and alexis and i loved that the ending had no loose ends. Im suprised some readers wrote they found it predictable because there were quite a few times i was very suprised.

    Without taking u through the plot of the whole story i would highly recommend reading rhis book especially if u like romance or xrime fiction novels. I liked this book because the plot was not like anything iv read before and despite what others have said i found the twists at the end very unpredictable.

    Loved it!!!

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