I cannot wait to see how Cape Fall changes with the events that take place in "Moving On". Please do not make me wait too long. This is a wonderful novella to be enjoyed by anyone who likes a bit of suspense and the seedier underbelly of a town's grittiness in their romances.
Welcome back to Cape Falls, where very little has changed over the years. At first glance it is a charming old fashion town, then you begin to see the rot beneath the surface. Women have little say in their lives and the children even less. Family lines set your place in society and outsiders remain just that. If you do not follow what the town considers the norm you are not welcomed there and you are hounded until you will give up and leave. If you are lucky to come from one of the accepted leading families and are male you can get away with anything.
Such are the facts of life for Peter Miller. He was disowned by his. Then we have Rose Slater. She is nineteen and under the control of her family to the extent that they goes so far as to control what foods she eats and how much food. They decide how often and when she is allowed to eat. She feels safe when she is with Peter, but Peter remains devoted to a woman he as loved for years, who belongs to another. He also feels Rose is too inexperienced and young for a Dom like himself. Yet he cannot give up the times he spends with Rose at the Library.
One day she fails to show up at work and he learns she has quit. He is hurt. Then he hears how she has been coming to the Sheriff's office without talking to anyone. He decides to go to her home and check on her. What he finds horrifies him. Rose is so deprived of nutrition she is shaking. The cupboards are chained and locked. All items in the refrigerator are marked so her parents will know if she has a glass of juice or milk. Worst of all her parents have been taking money from the family of the man they have chosen to marry Rose to do all this. A man Rose is terrified of and who has told her he owns her and plans to share her with his friends when they marry.
"Moving On" takes place 3 years after "His To Control". And yes it is part of a series, but is easily read as a standalone. You will enjoy Sam Crescent's take on a morally strict town with corrupt morals. You will be both amazed and appalled at what is allowed to take place there. The fact that she is not afraid to show the darker side of life in her stories keeps me returning to her Cape Falls series. You are left with the feeling that there is hope for the town and its residents. You are just not sure if it will come soon enough to save them.
I have watched so many of the characters develop over the course of the series and have my favorites as well. I must say Peter and Rose have joined that list. When she brings the older characters into her stories I get to catch up on what has happened since their own stories were told.
Overall Rating: Very Good
Welcome to Cape Falls, a town with old-fashioned values.
Peter has been in love with the same woman for over a decade, but he could never have her. He has loved her for so long that he can’t imagine loving anyone else in his life. In his troubles, his one piece of heaven is going to the library and seeing Rose.
Rose knows all about Peter and his love for another woman. No matter how hard she tries, she cannot stop her feelings for him. Peter is the first man to make her feel alive, but her family is determined for her to be with someone else.
When Peter discovers the abuse Rose is being put through, he sees red. Taking her away from her family, he is determined to make her his.
It’s time to move on, but Peter is not the only one who needs to look toward the future. Cape Falls itself is about to be hit by an event that will leave them no choice but to move on.
Cape Falls is an old-fashioned town, and the past needs to be put to bed.