#BookReview “Those We Trust” by Marie Jones



5/5 Stars!

Sophia Meadows is a protagonist to get behind!

Betrayed by her husband of ten years, Sophia finds herself divorced and alone. But never count her out. She accepts her friend, Aneella’s, invitation to house-sit… in Scotland, looking for new scenery and a fresh start.

But she gets more than she bargained for with an intrusive visitor claiming her friend’s flat is his and being under surveillance by Scotland’s finest. That includes Marcus Armstrong, the DI in charge of the investigation who could be Sophia’s route to jail or a new romance. What is it about Gaelic that makes us weak-kneed?

Things break wide open with a fraud investigation that includes Aneella, but that I saw coming a mile away. She showed up too conveniently after Sophia’s divorce… after disappearing just as easily after Sophia married Rich.

As Sophia comes to realize some hard truths about her friend, she also realizes some about herself, awakening a new strength within herself that catches her off guard.

Will it be enough to remove suspicion from herself? Save her friend? Face her slimeball ex who claims he wants to reconcile? Accept a second chance at love?

The mystery, suspense, and romance (Scottish men, my word!) are on point in this well-written read as each of these questions is answered and more.

And I’m looking forward to more of Sophia Meadows. What else could happen to her? Stay tuned!



Those We Trust

Publication Date: May 18, 2021

Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Suspense

Broken and humiliated by her husband of ten years leaving her unexpectedly, Sophia Meadows muddles through her daily routine—writing computer programs and rarely leaving the house. That is, until an old friend from university shows up on her door with an offer she can’t refuse: a chance to get away and heal in the Scottish Highlands of Inverness by flat-sitting. Yet once she arrives, she soon discovers the offer is not what she bargained for: A police surveillance team is watching her every move and a mysterious man is after the contents of a safe hidden in a wall. After a break-in at the apartment, her path collides with DI Marcus Armstrong, the man in charge of the apartment surveillance. Sophia is swept into an investigation of fraud involving her university friend and into a sudden attraction with the handsome DI who finds himself drawn to her even though she’s a suspect in his case. With evidence piling up against her and her friend and the attraction between her and Marcus growing stronger, Sophia is forced to confront her broken heart and find a way to clear her name. In a tangled web of secrets and clues, can she and the DI work through their attraction and learn to trust each other in time to stop a criminal and possibly save a life?

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