Review – The Gallows Tree by RJ Scott – 4 stars
The Gallows Tree is an interesting story about a young man trying to keep from losing himself. Cody Garrett comes from a wealthy family and while that wealth caused problems for him in the past it now is keeping him from going crazy. Trying to stay one step ahead of an abusive ex, Cody finds himself in England. Planning to see to the restoration of family property, Garrett hopes the time away from home will give him the strength to go on with his life. He doesn’t expect to meet someone like Sebastian, or become embroiled in a centuries old mystery.
The author evenly distributes the romance between Garrett and Sebastian, and the mystery surrounding the Mill Cottage, throughout the story. The attraction between Garrett and Sebastian is evident from the beginning, yet anyone who has gone through an abusive relationship can understand Garrett’s desire to stay away. I liked that the author has Garrett seem wishy washy about his feelings for Sebastian as it lends an air of authenticity to the story.
The attraction between the two men is not the only thing that draws them together. The men share a long ago connection due to a love that existed between their ancestors. In some ways the mystery of Mills Cottage has a Romeo and Juliet feel to it. It is easy to feel for the long ago young couple and their unborn child. Once Garrett comes clean about the things he has been seeing and hearing, he and Sebastian join forces to settle the mystery of Mill Cottage.
The Gallows Tree is another well written story by author RJ Scott, one that is sure to keep you reading until the final page. I could not wait to see how the author planned on clearing up all the little side stories. I was more than surprised by how Garrett’s ex was handled, but could not have come up with a more fitting ending. If you have not yet read anything by this author, than this is a great story to start with.