The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge
A savage rape years ago is buried by the towns most influential people. Ourania is working at the Fagan mansion where long buried secrets just may come back to haunt when major construction is started at the mansion. Ourania is the only female on the job site and the men don't want her there. The construction boss, non other then Troy Fagan doesn't want her there either. Memories buried long ago are sure to surface with her working there. It is easier to hound her, just like when they were kids, then give in to that which is forbidden.
Ourania has taken on two foster children who she does not want. Her mother has played the guilt card, just like always, and Ourania has no choice but to comply. A nasty, brutal man working on the job turns out to be her foster children's father. Despite Ourania's attempts at remaining aloof, she finds herself falling for the children and ends up protecting them from their father, no matter the cost.
This is a wonderful story of love and forgiveness. Numerous secrets are buried in this tale of mystery and intrigue. Ourania and Fagan continue their struggles that they had as teenagers. Both are carrying guilt that has only festered over the years. Eventually they have to come to an understanding in order to work together in some kind of harmony. Both of them are hard edged and have trouble showing their true feelings. Both are from the same type of stalk and both are carrying baggage. I do have a bit of an issue with Ourania when she discovers some information concerning Troy. I feel she takes too much upon herself when she tells him what she has found. I truly felt it was not her place to open this Pandora's box.
This story is a prime example of the over-worked and over- stressed family services. Despite the systems best intention, the law does not consider the children as it should. Being with biological parents is not always in a child's best interest. There were a couple of instances where their was not a smooth transition between chapters and they felt at loose ends. All in all, this was a wonderful story that is sure to please. I highly recommend it.
I wish to thank the author for giving me a copy for reading and reviewing purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. I was not compensated in anyway except for receiving the book to review.
I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars
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