Review: Wrecked Palace by Catherine Cowles
Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Social Butterfly PR.
Mia snuggled into my chest. "I'm sorry you lost your family. But you're in our family now. That's what the rainbow bracelet means."
I swallowed hard as I met Caelyn's gaze over Mia's head. Tears gathered in the corners of her eyes, but she smiled. "She's right. I'm afraid you've been claimed."
I didn't mind one bit.
Oh, my heart. I hate playing favorites--okay, not really, but it felt like the right thing to say--but dare I say that Wrecked Palace is currently my favorite in the Wrecked series. Catherine Cowles's third offering in the said series is the story of two people who experienced life-altering events that changed the course of their lives. Caelyn O'Connor put her life on hold when she received word that her three younger siblings needed her. For the past six years, she's prioritized her sisters and brother without hesitation or complaint. Now managing The General Store, Caelyn takes pleasure in whipping up meals for her friends and customers. One of her the regulars, however, stands out more than the others. Griffin Lockwood knows loss all too well, but now he's returned to Anchor Island, trying to rebuild his family's estate. Will being around Caelyn and her siblings help rebuild his shattered heart and can they become their own kind of family?
I love it when a love story has that element of family to it. Yes, Catherine Cowles brings the romance and the suspense that she's known for, but having part of the story line be about coming together as a family unit was probably what tipped this book over into "favorite" territory for me. Griffin and Caelyn were exactly what the other needed at that point in their lives. He had lost the people who mattered most to him at a young age, and she shouldered the responsibility of raising her siblings just when she had become an adult herself. These two were standout supporting characters early on in the series because they piqued my curiosity without necessarily stealing the spotlight or grandstanding. It's always the more quiet ones who catch my attention because it's almost as if I know they have one heck of a story to tell--which is exactly what happened with Griffin and Caelyn. Wrecked Palace is my favorite from Cowles (yet). Five-plus stars.
Read my reviews for the Wrecked series:
Reckless Memories (book one) - five stars - My Review
Perfect Wreckage (book two) - five stars - My Review
Wrecked Palace (book three) - five-plus stars - My Review (posted above)
Date Read: 22 January 2021
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