„Retreat“ by Liv James is a contemporary fast-paced adventure – almost a thriller – with a business background and a romance as well as family troubles thrown in for good measure.
Clara is engaged to marry a man she thinks she knows well – until one day, completely out of the blue, her ex-lover turns up with information about her future husband that makes her break off the engagement – a step she had no idea would have such wide and dangerous implications.
Only gradually does Clara find out how and why it is all related to her father’s business, the company her fiancé runs, and her own work before she was fired and kicked out by her ex-lover a few years ago. Much more disturbing is what she learns nearly too late: her own family is involved in all this in a way she would have never thought possible. Clara’s life is in serious danger, but you bet her knight in shining armour turns up just in time to save the day.
When everything finally comes to light, Clara feels ready to start over with the man she never truly stopped loving.
A lot of the action happens during a company retreat in the mountains. Places and people are described well and (mostly) credible. I liked the parts that described work and business aspects, something I find always interesting to know about.
Seemingly mundane details are mentioned, but they don’t unnecessarily blow up the story nor distract from what’s going on; instead, they add to the atmosphere for me, enabling me better to set the inner cinema in motion.
While I did not entirely warm to any of the major players, I did care enough about them to want to know what was going to happen next. Had I not been reading this free ebook on my kindle, it would have been a real page-turner. Instead, I found the culminating events so gripping that one morning I almost missed my stop and would have stayed on the train instead of getting off for work. And that, surely, is a sign of a good read.
I’d not heard of the author before, but if I should happen to come across another free ebook by her, I will download and read it.I could not learn much about the author; this is what Amazon says about her: "Liv James is a Pennsylvania native who enjoys hiking, biking, traveling on an expense account, and, of course, writing fiction." The author's homepage, livjamesbooks.com, seems to be deactivated. So maybe she has given up writing, or is taking a break from it.