Staying in a haunted Romanian castle is bad. Dying in one is worse.
For quiet accountant Olivia Carter, the fortune she inherits from her late mother's secret first husband is life-changing. Unaware of her mother's ties to Romanian fast-food mogul Andrei Rusu, Olivia is baffled when she discovers the billionaire has left everything to her instead of to his own penniless sister Elena in Romania.
Venturing to Europe to meet with the neglected branch of the Rusu family, kind-hearted Olivia is determined to make things right.
But from the moment Olivia arrives, her time in this romantic country of rolling hills and fairytale castles seems doomed...
Kind-hearted tourist guide Christian has a sick mother and four sisters to feed. But with his van one wheel away from the junkyard, business is not exactly booming. So how could he possibly say no to Elena Rusu when she offers him a nice chunk of money to drive an American heiress around? Even if every soul in town knows not to cross paths with Elena…
But when Christian is ordered to drop Olivia off for a stay at the derelict Magura Castle - the most haunted place in all of Romania - Olivia and Christian start to question every detail of her family trip.
3 Heart Review by Ashley
I am always excited to try a new to me author especially if there is an element of danger or suspense in the story. Case in point, Daughter of Secrets.
I really liked Olivia. She was hard working, kind and lonely. And completely thrown for a loop when she learned of her inheritance from someone she had never met. It sent her comfortable routine of its axis and had her wondering just who she could trust. In her quest for answers, she finds herself in Romania, and in the company of Christian. I adored that sweet man. His dedication to his family. His big dreams and bigger heart. The way he tried to connect with a very uninterested Olivia.
Call it fate or destiny or what you will, but it was through a series of unfortunate events that caused Olivia and Christian to grow closer. Connect. Shed the early misconceptions they had about one another.
I'm not going to lie, I was pretty shocked at the devious turn this took. Yes, I could tell there was something going on with Elena but I didn't expect that. Denise Daye had my heart pounding as those tense moments played out. The one downfall for me was after that big showdown, and the revelation (that wasn't a mystery to anyone but Olivia) the book was just over. Sure there was attraction between Olivia and Christian but the romance wasn't fully developed. That being said, I enjoyed being swept away in the culture and dynamics of a place I had never been before.
About the Author
Denise graduated with a master's in Social Work from an ivy league school and has spent many years of her life supporting families and individuals in need of assistance. She has always had a passion for writing, but it wasn't until her own baby boy was born that Denise turned her passion into her profession. Whenever Denise is not typing away on one of her books, you can find her caring for her son (a.k.a. one of the toughest jobs in the world), binging Netflix with her beloved husband, or chasing after her puppy (who should technically be an adult dog by now).