In the small town of Carolville, Louisiana, no one knows that Adira Collins inherited mystic powers from her great grandmother. All they know is that she’s beautiful, poised, graceful, and ruthless—especially when it comes to love. And no one knows that more than Leena Williams, who was all set to marry the man of her dreams until Adira swooped into town and stole the man’s heart.
Being left at the altar is bad enough, but Leena and her ex share custody of their son, so she has to see the new Mrs. Collins on a regular basis.
And it burns every time she does.
But soon, Leena starts to suspect that there is more to Adira Collins than meets the eye. And it’s not because she owns some kinky lingerie shop or allegedly insulted the pastor’s wife—it’s the strange way she can make a door close without touching it, or take one look at something and make it drop dead at her feet.
Leena starts digging for answers and soon discovers that, unlike her public persona, Adira’s true nature is somewhere on the other side of grace. She also learns, a little too late, that some secrets are better left buried.
I love a good mystery, and found the level of intrigue in The New Mrs. Collins, one of its best features. There is strong humour, and some exceptional descriptions on the lives of those in Carolville.
The novel starts with a bang. One minute I was entertained by the chaos surrounding Leena’s impending wedding, and the next she was trailing through the mud in her wedding dress, having been left at the alter.
I particularly enjoyed the varied reactions to this traumatic event, in fact, the cast of characters in general are highly entertaining.
The real mystery begins with the introduction of Adira, the woman who, not only sets up shop in the local town, but shows no remorse about the fact she ruined Leena’s big day. Everything about her screams danger; her strange abilities, the perfect facade. As Leena goes digging into Adira’s life, the revelations only add to the eerie mystique of the woman.
By the end of the novel I was terrified of Adira, rooting for Leena, and fearful I may never sleep again!
I thoroughly enjoyed The New Mrs. Collins, and highly recommend it.