Monday, October 30, 2023

Love is Silent by Toni V. Sweeney


She is hired to teach him to speak—but there are other things he wants to learn.

 About the Book: Anna Leighton is hired to help David Wood, Lord Mayfield, learn the intricacies of Sign language in order to help him communicate with and adapt to the world outside his rural family estate. A greedy relative has petitioned the courts to have David declared incompetent; Anna’s earlier success with teaching the deaf will hopefully prove the accusation a lie.

           Unfortunately, she is working against a time limit of six weeks to perform what some would consider a miracle. After breaking down the walls David has erected to protect himself from further abuse and injury, Anna is successful and he is soon Signing, then speaking in limited amounts—and even dancing. Suddenly he has a champion—and the two quickly fall in love. But societal norms are rigid and unforgiving. The two deserving people must fight more than a vicious family member in order to establish a future together.

 Our Review: In a departure from the genres Toni V. Sweeney is generally known for, with this historical romance, she offers the same loving care for setting, dialogue, and complex characters—both primary and secondary. The history behind educating the hearing impaired is spot-on as well as the minute attention to societal norms for finding love outside one’s station. Spiced with bright, engaging humor and layered characters, Love is Silent is a treat to read and enjoy.

 Based on a scale of 1-5, Love is Silent merits a 6.

 Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Authors

Monday, October 02, 2023

The Fog Ladies: Date With Death

 Love can be deadly.

 About the Book: The Fog Ladies count on each other like one relies on an early morning San Francisco fog burning off by midday. In their latest caper, Olivia Honeycut joins a senior dating service, meets a man, and promptly stumbles across a body whom one of her fellow romantics has just pitched over a cliff. The ‘fog ladies’ believe the killer is Olivia’s new honey. He’s too smooth; he’s lying about his past and the ‘ladies’ intend to find out why.

 Our Review: What a joy to meet a group of women who genuinely admire and respect each other—even when they agree to disagree—despite a disparity of backgrounds, life experiences, and interests. Of particular joy is Enid Carmichael whom, we’re convinced, would have held her own ‘back in the day’ of the swinging sixties, when women weren’t as liberated as we might have wished, had to tolerate unimaginable misogyny and social taboos, and still succeeded. Enid is a hoot and one of the true stars of this enchanting cozy mystery series. We look forward to book 5. Well done.

 Based on a scale of 1-5, The Fog Ladies: Date With Death merits a 5.

 Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews