Monday, June 15, 2015

Sandra Orchard's "Desperate Measures": the final book of the Port Aster Secrets trilogy

Desperate MeasuresIn the final installment of Sandra Orchard's Port Aster Secrets trilogy, Kate will finally find out what is so special about the secret Amendoso plant that people will kill over it . . . Kate has been secretly growing the plant in her cellar and running tests on its properties, hoping that she can discover what makes it a miracle plant, and therefore find out why her father was almost killed. Unfortunately, she's willing to risk just about anything to find the truth . . .

I'm glad to finally understand the conspiracy behind all of Kate's troubles. All the pieces from the first two books came together in this one to finally complete the puzzle, making for a solid, complex trilogy. The plot is suitably twisty that it's hard to guess who is good and who is not, and there were definitely some turns I was not expecting. 

Kate is still mule-headed about running straight toward trouble. She doesn't trust the people she should (Tom, especially), yet she's perfectly willing to run off alone with people she shouldn't trust. Which she does. More than once. I had wished by this book she'd be more sensible about such things, but if anything, she's worse than ever.

Like in the other two books of the trilogy, I highly enjoyed the botanical aspects of the story, though this time I was not surprised by any of the unique medicinal qualities of plants mentioned in the story. I am pleased to note that the connections between jewelweed and poison ivy are quite accurate! I really appreciate it when an author does her research, and Orchard consistently has.

Thank you Revell for providing a free book in exchange for a review. I was not required to make it positive, and all opinions are my own.

Port Aster Secrets
1. Deadly Devotion
2. Blind Trust
3. Desperate Measures

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