Black Dahlia by Vivian Winslow – Gilded Flower #5
BLACK DAHLIA IS THE SECOND INSTALLMENT OF THE DAHLIA TRILOGY OF THE GILDED FLOWER SERIES. ALL THREE BOOKS (BLUE DAHLIA, BLACK DAHLIA AND RED DAHLIA) NOW AVAILABLE.
Tragedy hits Dahlia’s life. After such a short time reuniting with the man she left – he is no more. We see a woman in the depths of despair – who can see no real future and no reason to live. The emotional turmoil feels real and the feeling are brought to life on the page.
Forced to go on holiday with her sister Lily and friend Vi, all Dahlia wants to do is wallow in the mire she is in. Only after a snake bites her, she is rescued by a handsome resort manager - Kai and she experiences a different type of spirituality through a local healer. Dahlia enjoys a fling with Kai and begins to come out of her sadness. Both understand where the other is at so they live in the moment. She returns to her life – stronger and – and picks up with an old flame briefly.
Just when we think shehap is on her way to sorting out her life – another shock hits her – right at the end and we are left hanging on wondering what will happen next.
I loved this book – the emotions are raw and heartfelt. Dahlia’s struggle to emerge from her personal darkness is well written and the cliff-hanger was…well…the reason I was glad I had the next book waiting on my eReader.
BLURBHaving discovered her mother’s and Shane’s devastating betrayal, a determined Dahlia seeks to find what was taken from her and to chart a new life for herself. With the help of Vi’s friend, Englishman Thomas Squires, a dashing and enigmatic clandestine operative, Dahlia chases leads across London and Paris. Will Dahlia be able to right the wrong and allow herself to love again?
RED DAHLIA IS THE THIRD AND FINAL INSTALLMENT OF THE DAHLIA TRILOGY OF THE GILDED FLOWER SERIES. ALL THREE BOOKS (BLUE DAHLIA, BLACK DAHLIA AND RED DAHLIA) NOW AVAILABLE.
A mysterious letter from her deceased love Shane sends Dahlia on a chase – for the truth and the daughter she thought had died.
Along this search she discovers a betrayal that is shocking and painful. Dahlia is determined to find her little girl.
In this story we get to learn a little more about her best friend Vi and the past she thought she had left behind. You know there is more to Vi than we see – hints and little clues point to her story not being as straight forward as we might think catches the reader’s attention.
The path to her daughter is not smooth but we are left with the idea that all will be well at the end.
Dahlia indulges in hot sex and finds her own ‘Happy For Now’. For me this was a thoroughly good read.