Monday, October 26, 2015


A Wicked Truth
by Joyce Proell



The wedding date is set, and life is magical for Doyle Flanagan and Cady Delafield. Honor-bound to repay an old debt, Doyle agrees to help a friend find her sister. As he searches for the girl, painful memories surface, stunning Cady when she discovers facts about his past. Now mired in tragedy, can Cady and Doyle overcome the turmoil with a fateful decision that changes their future forever?



Cady set the book on her nightstand and went to the armoire. From the top shelf, she withdrew an old cigar box where she kept her cherished notes. After reclaiming her seat, she opened the lid, pleased to see the ribbons, lace and a doll carved from a clothespin left over from childhood. She extracted a stack of notes, a dozen in all from Doyle. Thinking there was enough time, she read through each one, her heart lifting with each written endearment. She frowned and flipped through the stack. Something was wrong. She’d missed one.

She glanced around the room, thinking to see it on the dresser or on the floor, where it might have fallen. She raked her brain, wondering where she had put it. Nothing came to mind.

“Wouldn’t you know,” she mumbled, annoyed. “It had to be one of my favorites.” It was the note where Doyle had written of their first kiss, when he’d held her in his arms and felt her ‘tremble at his touch’. His words. How accurate they had been. Then he’d cupped her breast, and… Blushing, she recalled his hands as they’d roamed over her body. Thank goodness he hadn’t gone into the details in the note. What if another person were to see it?

An obligatory peek under the chair and bed revealed only dust bunnies and a hatbox. Where was it? It wasn’t like her to misplace items. First she’d lost the scarf and now this.

A sick feeling pinged in her stomach. Maybe she’d never lost the scarf or the note. Maybe they’d been stolen. As she wondered who would do such a thing, the hair at the back of her neck rose.


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Set in 1800's Chicago, A Wicked Truth is a romantic mystery full of twists and turns.
The story grabs you and keeps you turning page after page until you realize that it is over.
Cady is an intriguing character, at first I didn't like her, I felt her too weak and condoning with Doyle, until she starts developing her own voice and it's a pretty one. Doyle is a complex character, full of secrets and a troubled past. Both have great chemistry, they are a handsome couple.
Regarding the plot, the storyline space fluctuates, some chapters goes fast and others are a bit slow, it haves some great dialogues, twists and turns and amazing scenes that would leave you asking what's going to happen?
The time period and descriptions of the 1800's are impeccable, you can see that the Author has done a great amount of research.
Highly Recommended to all type of readers.
*I received a Free copy in exchange for an Honest Review*


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Joyce grew up in Minnesota and attended college and grad school in Chicago. After working in mental health, she retired at a young age to write full-time. Her first book, Eliza, was published in 2012. A Wicked Truth is the third book in the Cady Delafield series. When she isn’t writing mysteries or historical romances, she loves to swim, walk and is a crossword puzzle fanatic. She and her husband live in Florida and Minnesota, in her very own little house on the prairie.


Joyce Proell will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner


  1. Would love to win this. Thanks for the chance.

  2. Julia, thank you for hosting and the review. I'm delighted you liked the book.

    1. Hi Joyce! Thank you so much for letting me be part of your Blog Tour! I really enjoyed reading A Wicked Truth.

  3. If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?