Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Haunting of Meredith Review

~ I wanted to post this wonderful review of my novelette, The Haunting of Meredith, by Robin Goodfellow. She is also a poet and writer and reviews novels of a darker nature:

"The Haunting of Meredith, by Sandy Hiss, is a beautifully tragic story about remembering your loved ones.

Meredith is a young woman who, in order to stave off her loneliness, watches people from afar. One day, she meets a strange old woman named Helen. At first, Meredith refuses to have anything to do with her. But as time passes, she slowly begins to realize that Helen is more than who she seems and finally realizes just how important Helen is to her. However, there is something more sinister lurking in the shadows, a monster that was born from the depths of abandonment. 

I fell in love with Meredith the moment Hiss first introduced her. Initially, she seemed pitiful, as if she was nothing more than shadow, watching people go by on their business. Then she sees Helen, and suddenly she becomes human. I was wary of Helen, as well as the strange occurrences around her. I was also more than a little cautious of Helen whenever the two met. Still, I enjoyed the relationship between the two, the bittersweet tone carefully interwoven with the plot. 

The concept of remembering loved ones was also well done. The woman who had a stroller with only a baby doll inside; Helen’s granddaughter forgetting her, and even Meredith’s loneliness; each aspect of the book contributes to the importance of caring for your friends and family, even when they’re far away. Granted, scaring them into submission may not be the best way to go about it, but it’s necessary nonetheless. 

Overall, I enjoyed this story. Hiss effectively conveyed the dark elegance of the memories of the dead, as well as the bittersweet reminder of the thoughts of the forgotten. The dead, after all, have nothing left to lose. As such, I would give this book a rating of a 4.3 out of 5 stars, and would recommend it to fans of The Rosegiver, by Sandy Hiss, Autumn Chills, and Love, Death, and Other Lies, by Jerome Sparks." 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!

~ Have you experienced a strange Halloween?  Here are mine, just from this morning:  As I rode through the main street downtown, I noticed a red balloon tied to the bars of a sidewalk gutter.  I looked around, wondering if Pennywise was nearby.  He was nowhere to be seen (phew!).

As me and my hubby stopped at an intersection, an ambulance screeched by on the cross street. We didn't think too much of it, ambulances are unfortunately a common occurrence here.  When we neared another intersection that was closer to home, we thought we heard the siren of an ambulance again.  I looked to my right and sure enough, saw the ambulance speeding our way though it was still somewhat distant. Hubby turned left and sped off and as he made a right turn into our neighborhood, I joked and said that the ambulance was following us.  A few minutes later, the ambulance appeared behind us! We made another left turn but the ambulance continued going straight. Needless to say, that was a strange experience.



Thursday, October 19, 2017

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton

When settler Clare Inglesby is widowed on a mountain crossing and her young son, Jacob, captured by Shawnees, she'll do everything in her power to get him back, including cross the Ohio River and march straight into the presence of her enemies deep in Indian country. Frontiersman and adopted Shawnee, Jeremiah Ring, promises to guide Clare through the wilderness and help her recover Jacob.

Once they reach the Shawnees and discover Jeremiah's own Shawnee sister, Rain Crow, has taken custody of Jacob--renaming him Many Sparrows--keeping his promise becomes far more complicated, the consequences more wrenching, than Jeremiah could have foreseen.

REVIEW:  To start off, I don't tend to read a lot of historical fiction, but when I read the summary for this novel, it peaked my interest.  I've always had an interest in early America, the brave settlers who  headed west in search of new lands to build homes and better lives.  I like that this book doesn't just revolve around the settlers but also the lives of native Americans and how they lived amongst themselves and what they went through as their land was encroached upon.  For me, the real message was that we are all human beings, regardless of race or background and we basically all want the same things; love, peace, happiness, etc.

This was a very well written novel and you could tell that the author did a lot of research for historical accuracy.  As I was reading, I could feel myself transported to the 18th century, taking in the scenes of the forest and mountains in a wagon and also walking around the native American villages, harvesting corn and squash, or cooking meals inside huts enclosed by doors made of hide.  

I liked most of the characters; they seemed real and you could feel what they were feeling.  I could picture this novel as a historical drama, filled with romance, adventure, and action. 

I received this book for free from blogging for books in exchange for an honest review.  I would recommend this book to readers of historical fiction, romance, and adventure.