Monday, July 31, 2023

Whispers Through Time by Rosetta Diane Hoessli


If you listen, time will speak.

 About the Book:  The only man Sierra Masters has ever loved appears with a proposition that could alter her future. She turns him down, but then after experiencing a foretelling dream, decides to take a risk in order to uncover the truth.

          Hunter Davenport realizes the evidence he’s shared with Sierra could indeed destroy her – but it could free her as well. The decision is yanked from her hands when the past and present collide through a historical portal on sacred Native American land. Will she take the jgift that is offered? And will Hunter do what he didn’t do twelve years earlier – stand by her?

In the end, Sierra launches a journey that will change her life forever.

 Our Review: Whispers Through Time takes the reader on a whirlwind adventure, traveling from present day, to the late 1800’s and the massacre at Wounded Knee, then to the mid-1970’s and the infamous standoff at the Oglala Sioux reservation. It is powerful, thought provoking, and unfailingly realistic. As an added treat, the author’s talent for description whether it be the location[s], foods, people, or speech patterns feels effortless. The characters—and the South Dakota badlands must be considered a character—literally jump off the pages. Well done!

 Based on a scale of 1-5, Whispers Through Time earns a 7.

 Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Bewept by Colleen Coyne


Her memories are dying to kill her.

 About the Book: Anna is finally happy—newly married to a wonderful, supportive man and living in her dream home. Just as her husband begins to announce a big surprise, his heart ceases, her future dissolves, and she plunges into grief.

From past experience, Anna knows how easy it is to get lost in a grief that causes odd behaviors, lost chunks of time, and forgetfulness. This time, is it a sign she is in the throes of early dementia?

When past horrors resurface and collide with Anna’s uncertain present, she wonders if something sinister is at play. Discovering the truth sends her on a harrowing odyssey where each step forward unlocks another terrible memory. Successfully confronting the ghosts from her past will be key to her survival.

 Our Review: What starts out as the standard woman recovering from intolerable grief evolves into a thriller that has the reader asking, “Could it be? Is Anna imagining all this—or is it something utterly unspeakable. And then it gets worse. Bewept is an incredible story written by a talented author. We can’t wait for the next creation by Colleen Coyne.

 Based on a scale of 1-5, Bewept merits an 8.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Monday, July 24, 2023

A Peculiar Enchantment by Kathleen Buckley


Love is the most peculiar enchantment.  

 About The Book: What can you look forward to when your only relatives call you ugly, unbalanced and a scandal? What would you do if your only friend was threatened? Dependent on her half-brother, the Earl of Lamburne, Adelaide Setbury knows—and wants to escape.

Gervase Ducane needs to marry well—but not to Lamburne’s spiteful chit of a daughter. As the younger brother to a marquess, he has noble connections to offer an heiress, but why is he only now meeting the earl’s delightful half-sister?

Ordered to stay away from the house party, Adelaide rebels. She will make her unwelcome and embarrassing presence known if only to avenge herself and her pet. There, she and Ducane meet and—when you least expect it—magic happens.  

 Our Review: Author Buckley puts a fresh face on the usual staid rules- driven Regency romance by introducing two unique and out of the ordinary characters Gervase Ducane and Adelaide Setbury. If barriers are suddenly erected to their careful plans, they each employ unique and inventive ways to overcome them. Subterfuge abounds in this story—as do multiple layers to their personalities as these two tackle each new threat to their happy ever after ending. Well done!    

On a scale of 1-5, A Peculiar Enchantment deserves a 5.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews





Sunday, July 23, 2023

A Wylder Homecoming by Evelyn Timidaiski


Stetsons, Mustangs, and Romance.

About the Book:  A destroyed career, a rundown ranch, and a beautiful horse whisperer, jumpstart Hayden Wilcoyt’s dream of capturing wild mustangs to create a new breed of horses. His job is doubly dangerous as someone uses gunfire to stop work on the ranch. His relationship with Ginny Hampton, the woman he inherited along with the ranch, is complicated. Can they work out their differences and build a dream together?

Native American, Ginny Hampton has secrets. A runaway at fourteen, she was befriended by Hayden’s great-grandfather who in his last years gave her full run of the ranch. But the tragedy of her past shadows how she deals with people now. Before she can pursue this attraction to Hayden, she must overcome her fears.

Our Review:  In one of the last stories for the Wylder West series,  author Evelyn Timidaiski showcases her strength for ‘writing men’. Everything about them is easy and natural, drawing the reader in the minute a male character, be it lead or secondary, jumps onto the page. Combine that with the intriguing Ginny Hampton who has trouble etched across her forehead and you have two characters every reader is sure to root for.  

Based on a scale of 1-5, A Wylder Homecoming merits a 6.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Friday, July 14, 2023

Landing on Her Feet by Kim Janine Ligon


About the Book: Six years ago, Kat Russell narrowly escaped death at Dirk Crowe’s hands but he’s out of prison now. To protect her family, she must flee Philadelphia—the only home she’s ever known—with her five-year-old son. Is Wisconsin far enough away to escape evil?

Chase Merrick, the father of Timmy’s new best friend, wants to help. What is Kat hiding? Why does she insist she must face whatever it is alone? When can Kat stop constantly looking back over her shoulder? Will secrets and shame stop her from accepting Chase’s protection? Or unite them in the face of danger to keep their sons safe?

Our Review: Cleverly presented cover art shows the timbre of this edge-of-your- seat novel. The opening “teaser” page instantly draws the reader in by describing Kat’s fear. By the end of page one, we know her goals, motivation and conflict with few words—and sets the pace brilliantly. Lovers of romantic suspense, especially with a well-drawn ‘bad guy’ who operates on only one cylinder—himself and his needs—will dive into this book and not let go to the very end.

 On a scale of 1-5, Landing on Her Feet merits a 7.

 Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews


Friday, July 07, 2023

Deadly Betrayal by Sheila Kell


When trusting the wrong person can be deadly.

 About the Book: Tired of being passed over as a field agent, Cassie McKay quits her job as an FBI analyst, moves back home with her mother, and takes a job as a PI. Only she doesn’t expect her partner will be the one man who left her years before.

Jack “JD” Walker has done a lot wrong in his life, but he didn’t kill the mother of his child as the police believe, nor does he expect the only woman he ever loved to come to his rescue. The two work diligently to prove his innocence while someone else is determined to make him pay.

 Our Review: Author Sheila Kell shines when it comes to building suspense and peril while weaving in a number of different possible suspects as the true ‘bad guy’. Infusing humor as well as local colloquialisms is a nice touch. Well done.    

 On a scale of 1-5, Deadly Betrayal merits a 4.5.

 Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews