The Secret Bliss of Calliope Ipswich by Marcia Lynn McClure
“Oh! Do link arms with me, Calliope,” Blanche whispered, her brown eyes widening with apprehension. She took Calliope’s arm, tightly linking it with her own. “The old Mulholland house still gives me the willies every time I walk past it. I hate to think on what might have gone on inside. It’s truly terrifyin’!” “Oh, don’t be silly, Blanche,” Calliope said, feigning calm. “Poor Prudence’s lunacy…it’s sad. And besides, her fiendish acts were not committed inside the house. There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s just…it’s just a sad, empty building.” Calliope Ipswich felt the hypocrite, however, as an uncomfortable shiver of residual dread and unease shuttered down her spine, More than six months had passed since the All Hollow’s Eve when the dangerous state of Prudence Mulholland’s fracturing mind had been revealed to the townsfolk of Meadowlark Lake. And now, each time Calliope thought of poor Prudence and her family, not only did her heart ache for their family’s unhappy lot but a chill of lingering horror rippled through her being. In truth, at times Calliope wondered if it had all been simply a bad dream—a nightmare. But it hadn’t. It really had happened—all of it.
So, this is the second book in a series, but it stands alone perfectly as well. This is Calliope's story and is whimsical, filled with romantic kisses and a few twists along the way. I was getting a little worried towards the end as the pages were dwindling but Marcia worked her magic and crafted a perfect ending for Calliope! This was the perfect escape from life if you are looking for a sweet, fun and romantic read! I look forward to the last book in the series.
FYI- No sexual situations, it does contain a few swear words.
The Secret Bliss of Callipoe Ipswich is everything I've come to expect and love from a Marcia Lynn McClure book. It's fun and sweet, full of wonderful kissing scenes, and a great way to escape from the daily grind. This is the second book in the series, but it is great as a stand-alone also. I love how Calliope is such a fun, tender-hearted young woman who loves to bring joy to those around her, and little Shay is nothing short of adorable! This is an easy read that will be perfect when you want a fun, romantic book to take your mind off the cares of the world.
FYI ~ no intimate scenes other than kissing, some mild language
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Author Marcia Lynn McClure
Marcia Lynn McClure’s intoxicating succession of novels, novellas, and e-books, has established her as one of the most favored and engaging authors of true romance. Her unprecedented forte in weaving captivating stories of western, medieval, regency, and contemporary amour void of brusque intimacy has earned her the title “The Queen of Kissing.” Marcia, who was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has spent her life intrigued with people, history, love, and romance. A wife, mother, grandmother, family historian, poet, and author, Marcia Lynn McClure spins her tales of splendor for the sake of offering respite through the beauty, mirth, and delight of a worthwhile and wonderful story.
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