Thursday, June 29, 2023

Tremors Through Time by Anastasia Abboud


In the infinite vastness of time—past, present, future, past—love prevails.

 About the Book: She's made mistakes and paid the price, but Deidre Chisolm is no quitter. She'll never again be a fool for a man, not even her gorgeous new neighbor with his haunted eyes and strange accent. She'll be friendly, but nothing more.

Lachlann has to go back to fourteenth-century Scotland. He can't forsake his family, his son. But when a beautiful, kind, funny lady buys the house next door, he's never been so drawn to anyone in his life.

Would she believe his story? After years of struggling through nightmares and flashbacks, headaches and illiteracy, dare he ask her to help him return?

 Our Review:  The author’s ability to switch back and forth from Scotland in the 1300’s to contemporary Houston feels effortless. Surpassing that is her skill at recognizing gut wrenching emotions, good and bad, then infusing her many diverse characters with those same feelings. Lovers of time travel romances will adore this story!

 Based on a scale of 1-5, Tremors Through Time merits a 5.

 Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Friday, June 23, 2023

Island Heat by Debby Grahl


One never knows where one’s enemies will strike . . .

About the Book: When bookstore owner Suzanna Shay and writer Austen Kincade meet on a Who Done It mystery cruise, their instant attraction has them more interested in romance than searching for clues.  But after Austen rejects advances from the wife of his publisher, she vows to have him no matter what it takes. After the ship docks, with plans for a future together, Suzanna and Austen part, unaware vindictive lies will soon test their newfound love and entangle them in a real mystery that proves deadly.

Our Review: it is rare when we find ourselves rooting for someone, anyone, to step up to the plate and commit murder. In a testament to author Debby Grahl’s talent for creating characters, man-eater Haley Henderson deserves to die—in any way possible. As well, each character in this fun romantic-mystery is well drawn and individualized in their layers—from the possessive, needy mother to the loyal gal pal and, finally, to the long-suffering husband of the dead woman. Grahl’s imagination seems to have no end when it comes to motivation.    

On a scale of 1-5, Island Heat merits a 5.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews


Monday, June 19, 2023

The Mortician's Wife by Jody Wenner


When the business of dying leads to murder. 

About the Book:  In 1912, as the new wife of the local mortician, Beatrice is settling in at the funeral parlor, but soon after, the death of a young boy sweeps a cold chill into the warmth of her new home as well as her marriage.

In 2022, fledgling author Maddy Barton isn’t surprised to discover someone was murdered in her 1912 era home. The old mansion has been giving her bad vibes ever since she moved in. But after learning who the victim was, she is determined to figure out what happened so she can put the unsettled spirit at ease. Maddy’s husband isn’t terribly supportive of her efforts, and many of the people in the small town of Pine Grove, Minnesota have ideas—and secrets—of their own, but she’s determined to solve the gothic crime the only way she knows how—to write about it. 

Our Review: Author Jody Wenner ‘sets the scene’ by introducing Maddy, a young, married woman who is juggling several burdens at the same time: renovating an old home single-handedly, reviving a flagging career, and coping with a devastating personal loss. As she works to take things one day at a time, the new home starts giving off weird vibes which not only don’t cease, but ramp up to sometimes dangerous levels. Suspicious of something along a felony line, Maddy does what she does best: research the home’s history.

          Flashing back to 1912, we meet Beatrice, a hero in her own time, who struggles for justice and the rights of the poor and disadvantaged. With jealousy, envy and misogyny as constant barriers, Beatrice refuses to give up—and the reader is treated to a gothic mystery, set in the perfect location: a funeral home. One of Author Wenner’s many skills is the ability to build suspense. We wonder what she has in store next.

On a scale of 1-5 The Mortician’s Wife merits a 7.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews


Friday, June 02, 2023

Fatal Witness by Michele Godard-Richer


No matter how much you want to forget them, some things cannot be unseen.

About The Book: Fatal Witness, a contemporary psychological thriller tells the story of Jessica Miller, widowed pre-school teacher, who witnesses her next door neighbor disposing of his wife’s body. With little evidence for the police to make an arrest, Jessica feels forced to grab her little boy and go on the run to her hometown in rural Montana. There, she reunites with former FBI agent, Jonathan Kent, himself no stranger to violence both professional and personal. After forging a pact to protect what is theirs, these two damaged souls fight back against ever increasing attacks by a relentless killer—and along the way heal from the wounds life has delivered.

Our Review: Author Godard-Richer presents a novel comprised of multiple sub-plots, set against rural northern Montana, and features an intense and detailed psychological diagram of a serial killer. If you like dark, dangerous and non-stop action, this is the book for you.

On a scale of 1-5, Fatal Witness deserves a 4.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews