Lyrical descriptive writing, a compelling blend of history and mythology, and the unmatched beauty of Wales all combine for a richly atmospheric taleLyrical descriptive writing, a compelling blend of history and mythology, and the unmatched beauty of Wales all combine for a richly atmospheric tale in "Lamp Black, Wolf Grey". Author Paula Brackston has a way with words and a definite talent for spinning bewitching romantic stories. Contemporary life blends with elements from ancient days as a young married couple's move to the Welsh mountains unearths many truths, both old and new. Laura Matthews hopes that a life-changing move will bring about a renewal of her creativity as an artist and bring to life her greatest wish--a child of her own. As she and her husband, Dan, begin to acclimate themselves to their surroundings, an unexpected awareness seeps into Laura's consciousness. With Dan working several hours away, and coming home just on weekends, Laura mostly has her new home to herself--or does she? The land she now claims home was once the realm of Merlin, himself, and his presence is inescapable. As Laura becomes more involved with the history of the area, the past becomes her present, and her involvement with her neighbor, Rhys, adds an unsettling excitement to her existence. Will Laura find all that she has longed for, or are there powerful forces at work with a mysterious agenda all their own?
Morphing between the metaphorical and metaphysical, and back again, "The Hunger of the Wolf" may give you food for thought--or make you feel as thoughMorphing between the metaphorical and metaphysical, and back again, "The Hunger of the Wolf" may give you food for thought--or make you feel as though you have bitten off more than you can chew. Either way, author Stephen Marche confidently moves readers out of their comfort zone with an encompassing tale of unimaginable wealth that comes with an unusual and unsettling aspect of inheritance. The opening paragraph is indeed compelling, advising readers that the naked dead man found in a remote area of the frozen Canadian woods was actually the eighth-richest person in the world, billionaire Ben Wylie. A son of the Wylie's housekeepers, Jamie Cabot, a journalist, determines to find the truth surrounding Ben's ignominious demise. Three generations of Wylies have carved out an empire of capitalism entwined with a lupine legacy. Who's to bless, and who's to blame? As always, I enjoy reading outside my fiction box, and I am sure no two readers will come away with the exact same take on this unique tale from author Stephen Marche.
Told in first-person, and made eminently readable by the great appeal of the protagonist's voice as a character, "Far as the Eye Can See" is an entertTold in first-person, and made eminently readable by the great appeal of the protagonist's voice as a character, "Far as the Eye Can See" is an entertaining historical western from author Robert Bausch. As Bobby Hale leaves behind the remains of the Civil War, his intended journey to California will take many an unexpected side route. An encounter with a young woman of mixed White and Indian ancestry will change his life in ways he never imagined. Known as "Ink", the woman first crossed his path on the trail, and thinking she was a man about to attack him, he shot her. While nursing her back to health, he discovers that she speaks English, and they become traveling companions on an eventful, fateful journey. Set in an era of inescapable violence, a time in American History when the land was stained with blood and tears from coast to coast, the story line is enhanced by the simple, evocative, descriptive narrative by Bobby Hale. Recommended for lovers of American History and the Old West.
Author Katy Simpson Smith weaves "The Story of Land and Sea" with involving characters and compelling historical detail. Set in a small coastal town dAuthor Katy Simpson Smith weaves "The Story of Land and Sea" with involving characters and compelling historical detail. Set in a small coastal town dealing with the consequences and aftermath of the Revolutionary War, the story line is told in three parts, with the time frame going back and forth along with the narrative. John, a man of the sea, must remain land-bound after his beloved wife, Helen, dies in childbirth. Focusing his life on their daughter, Tabitha, John must make another life-changing decision when Tabitha contracts yellow fever. Hoping to save his daughter's life, John once again takes to the sea, sailing to Bermuda in hopes the climate will make her well. John's late wife, Helen, had also been raised by a widowed father, who owned a small plantation. As Helen grew up, she became more involved with the running of the plantation, and the slave girl, Moll, a gift from Helen's father, becomes her ally. While Helen flouted her father's wishes by marrying John, Moll is forced into a marriage whose only happiness comes from her son, Davy. "The Story of Land and Sea" takes place during a very turbulent time in American History. It provides an intriguing look at how events shaped the personal lives during this era--an era which changed the world forever and gave birth to a new nation.
The remote Northern Canada locale of "Road Ends" adds much to the emotional bleakness felt by its characters. Author Mary Lawson sets her story line iThe remote Northern Canada locale of "Road Ends" adds much to the emotional bleakness felt by its characters. Author Mary Lawson sets her story line in the fictional small town of Struan in the era of the late 1960's. Meg Cartwright has been a lifelong caregiver to a male-dominated family, with her often dream-state mother the only other female in the bunch. Her father prefers the sanctuary of the study to being involved in his own family's wants and needs. Finally, Meg can bear it no more, and she boldly moves to England to work and live an independent life. London offers many surprises, including an unexpected romance with her coworker Andrew. In her absence, her home and family are going to pieces, broken and scattered, and hopelessly lost without Meg. Eventually, she must return to Struan, and once there she is again sucked into the vortex of endless care-giving. Her family situation has always been one of clearly marked lines for Meg--she either makes the sacrifice to stay, or she chooses to extricate herself once-and-for-all from the clinging tentacles of her parents and siblings. For someone like Meg, there is no in-between. What will be her irrevocable decision? For anyone like me who made the decision to stay, much of this story will ring true.