Missing Pieces, A Chandler County Novel by Stephany Tullis

As Chandlerville prepares for a series of local celebrations in honor of the annual Kentucky Derby in nearby Louisville, Kentucky, chaos ensues threatening to cancel the town's festivities.
Rachel Blakely's (editor of the Chandler County Chronicles), partnership with ex-NYC socialite, AJ Manning crumbles in the midst of their planning for the town's Derby-related activities. AJ is the mayor's wife and Rachel discovers that Fitzgerald Manning, the mayor's father, has close ties to an unidentified conglomerate of farm investors who may be coercing local farmers to sell their land.

Jairo Aquino, aka Blue, a handsomely, mysterious newcomer is trusted by no one and appears to have an investment scheme of his own. Arriving in Chandler County from Miami, Florida, Aquino has decided to put Chandler County on the map. “His plan was air tight. He just had to find a few missing pieces.”

Rachel and Blue continue to cross paths until they reach a point of no return where they accept they can no longer ignore the sizzle of their interactions and their constricted heart strings that cause them to question the true nature of their relationship.

Can she trust him? Can he trust her? Can they together find the missing pieces?

“Another compelling read which this time features a cast of characters in Chandlervillle, Kentucky. Rachel and Blue are center-stage once again. Being from a rural area in Vermont, the conglomerate of farm investors was of particular interest to me. Farmers don't like the premise of coercion in any sense.

The characters were well developed and the plot moved along smoothly. I also thought that the issues of trust in a relationship were delved into deeply. Trust is the foundation for love and commitment and I believe they are all intertwined.

All in all, another outstanding read for me. So glad that I stumbled across this author quite by accident a year or so ago.”

Most highly recommended. ~~Amazon Reviewer