Feature book: What the Bride Didn’t Know
In this third book in the West Family series, we finally get Lena West and Adrian ‘Trig’ Sinclair’s story. Trig, Lena and her older brother, Jared, are lifelong friends. They are all agents of the Australian intelligence service; part of the same team, they are just about inseparable. We first met Lena and Trig in Flirting with Intent, six months after Lena had been shot on a mission. She has effectively lost her previous life and is dealing with a long and painful rehabilitation. Jared has disappeared overseas to find the person responsible for Lena getting shot.
What the Bride Didn’t Know jumps ahead a year. Trig has taken a desk job so that he is available to deal with a recuperating (and prickly) Lena. Jared has not been heard from. Lena’s rehabilitation has been partially successful and, impatient to find out what has happened to Jared, she heads off to Turkey to try to track him down. Trig, of course, is not about to let her make the trip alone and hunts her down at the airport to go with her.
Trig has been in love with Lena since they were in primary school. On this trip he decides it is finally time to lay his cards on the table, which he does in a very moving scene, leaving Lena unsure how to respond and not a little scared. The next day it is clear that the risk was worth it, as Lena seems cautiously open to the idea, teasing him about ‘courting’. Of course that is when fate decides to intervene, in the form of a mishap in the local markets. I won’t say any more than that, as I don’t want to spoil the unfolding story.
But I will tell you this: Trig is a hero to die for. He is unwaveringly steadfast and loyal to Lena. He finds himself in an unfamiliar situation that he doesn’t know how to deal with and he can’t help but make some mistakes. He knows his lie is going to get him in trouble, but in the meantime he just could have everything he has ever wanted with Lena. Lena is a gutsy heroine who meets life head on, even when her life doesn’t make much sense. In the end it will be the strength of their friendship that will keep them together when it seems like everything is falling apart. This is a truly moving story.
If you get the chance, read The Night Before Christmas before you read this book. It is an enovella that includes a glimpse of Lena and Trig in their early twenties.
Reviewed by Debbie
A review copy of this book was provided by the author. All ARRA members who leave a comment on this review will go in the draw to win a copy of this book. The giveaway closes on 26 March 2014.