Title:Beneath These Fields (World of Love)
Author: Ward Maia
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 25th, 2019
Page Count: 154
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Sometimes true worth is well hidden.
Ellis Campos is a successful divorce lawyer with little to no time for a personal life. His predictable routine is disrupted when he inherits a coffee farm from an estranged aunt. There’s no room in his life for all the complications that come with managing a farm in another state. But his plans to quickly sell it and go back to the big city fall apart when he’s manipulated into spending a week on the estate.
Adding to the unexpected surprises, he meets Rudá, a native Brazilian who works on the farm, and while teaching him about his aunt’s home and family, also tempts Ellis like no one ever has.
He doesn’t expect his life to change in such a short time, but as he finds value and comfort in the farm’s routine, Ellis quickly realizes that, like the land itself, Rudá has secrets that could send him running back to Rio.
While this was a mostly enjoyable read, I was hoping for a little more…well, everything.
Ellis Campos is an attorney in Rio. When he receives notice that his estranged aunt has died and bequeathed him a coffee farm, he’s unsure of how to feel. With no background on his aunt or the farm, he journeys to the farm to meet with an attorney and set up the sale of the property. He soon finds out there is more to the land than just coffee, and more secrets than he expected.
I thought Ellis was a smart guy. He was an attorney and he seemed to be able to read people. I could not understand how he let everyone he met at the farm get away with keeping what was a major secret from him, when he knew there was something going on. This really bothered me. He was being manipulated by the attorney and the staff and by the time the secret came out, I had no idea why it was a secret. EVERYONE knew. I even figured it out before Ellis.
While the writing was well done, the story just kept circling this big secret. Every stretch of dialogue came back to the same place. I wish there was more to the mystery, or more romance between Ellis and Ruda.
I did enjoy how the story ended and was thrilled at what took place between Ellis and Ruda, but I wish I could have felt more of their bond than was portrayed.
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