STORY: For generations, the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege—as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford facade. And never the twain shall meet.
For Lizzie King, Easterly’s head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life. Falling in love with Tulane, the prodigal son of the bourbon dynasty, was nothing that she intended or wanted—and their bitter breakup only served to prove her instincts were right. Now, after two years of staying away, Tulane is finally coming home again, and he is bringing the past with him. No one will be left unmarked: not Tulane’s beautiful and ruthless wife; not his older brother, whose bitterness and bad blood know no bounds; and especially not the ironfisted Bradford patriarch, a man with few morals, fewer scruples, and many, many terrible secrets.
As family tensions—professional and intimately private—ignite, Easterly and all its inhabitants are thrown into the grips of an irrevocable transformation, and only the cunning will survive.
REVIEW: Charlemont, Kentucky – May
Easterly, the Bradford Family Estate is home to the owners of the Bradford Bourbon Company. The Bradford family first settled in the area in 1778. Their annual sales are around $3Billion with No. 15 being their best seller.
William Baldwine married Virginia Bradford, heiress to the Bradford estate and bourbon company. They produced four children, Edward, Maxwell, Tulane (Lane) and Virginia (Gin). William has ruled his children with an iron fist and they hate him. Their mother retreated years ago to her bedroom where she spends her days medicated. Edward was always a rule-minder and looked out for his siblings. Today, he is a broken man both in body and mind. Maxwell lives away from the home. Lane is married to Chantel, a greedy, ruthless woman whom he hates. Lane has been away from Easterly for the better part of two years and has just returned. Gin is unmarried and living at home. She is also the mother of a teenage girl away at school.
The family and staff are preparing for the annual Charlemont Kentucky Derby party that will host hundreds of élite guests from the area. It will be a garden party under a tent complete with the finest foods and top-shelf liquors.
Lizzie King, is the head gardener at Easterly. She is much more than just a gardener. She has an advanced degree in horticulture and has worked there for a several years keeping the grounds and flowers in top notch shape. At one time, she an Lane had a thing going. Even though they have not seen one another since he left, Lizzie and Lane still have a instant spark that has never died. Although Lizzie has told herself that she wants nothing more to do with Lane, can she resist the love they still have for one another?
As the party preparations get underway, we find that things at Easterly are not as perfect as they seem. Hidden secrets are being revealed and the monetary stability of the Company comes into question.
It has been quite some time since I’ve read a book to which I wanted to award six stars. This is one of those books. I have not read any of this author’s novels before, quite frankly because I don’t care for paranormal. However, this new series is so different from her usual books and I cannot wait to read more. I am now on a search to find when she will be publishing the next novel in this series. My appetite has been whetted!
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