Welcome to the second of the week’s updates with reviews for authors on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore.
The first author with a recent review is Colleen M. Chesebro for The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy
About the book
Fourteen-year-old Abigale Forester, recently orphaned and a ward of the State of Illinois moves from Chicago to Florida to live with her aunt, her last living relative. Magnolia Forester becomes her legal guardian, and together they claim an ancient inheritance; land that belonged to Abby’s mother’s family for generations.
Holding onto the only piece of her mother Abby has left, a calcite pendant and her mother’s most sacred possession, she discovers the truth of her legacy. The pendant is more significant than she could possibly imagine. Forged from a giant mystical heart-shaped stone found on the very swamp land Abby now owns, it holds the power of her ancestors.
But with that power comes greater responsibility, one that pits her against Rafe Cobb, a greedy land developer, who will stop at nothing to own Abby’s swamp land.
As Abby learns to be part of a family again and explores her love of horses with friends, Savanna, Blake, and Cash, the swamp slowly gives up some of its secrets. She is summoned by a primeval nymph, who teaches Abby that her true destiny is to protect the nymphs from evil in an ever-changing modern world.
Can Abby save the swamp and the Naiad Nymph Clan from certain destruction before it is too late?
One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads
The Heart Stone Chronicles by Colleen M. Chesebro begins with a novel titled The Swamp Fairy. After reading another book by the author–about myths, magic, and fairies–I wanted to read a full-length story. It looks like this might be a new series, which is exciting because I really enjoyed this debut, even though I’m not a regular reader in the fantasy genre.
Abigale grew up in Chicago and always knew she had a connection to animals. As she grows up, she learns she can speak to them in her mind, and often, she has other new talents developing. Unfortunately, her mother passes away before they can have a legitimate conversation about the magic in their family. Abigale’s father, who is addicted to alcohol and drugs, has disappeared. He is unable to take care of his daughter, so a neighbor and close family friend steps in. Luckily, Abigale’s mother left behind a detailed estate plan: Abigale will move to Florida to live with her father’s sister, and she must never sell the land that her family has owned for centuries. Once Abigale moves, she bonds with her aunt, develops new friends, and makes a few enemies because she won’t approve the sale of the land to a neighbor. What’s going on in this small town?
Chesebro has a fluid and easily readable style and tone to her writing. Though fantasy, it’s not extensive. We know there is a world of fairies and magic. We witness moments of inexplicable situations. We love when the evil characters get their comeuppance with the assistance of a bit o’ magic. But the core of the story is a young girl coming into her own after her parents die/disappear, learning to make new friends, and figuring out how to stop someone from hurting her. Young adults would definitely enjoy this book, but as an adult guy, I also found it pretty solid. It offers a lot of the same vibes I enjoy in a cozy mystery but adds an element of magic and hope for the future. Abigale is a lovely heroine, and she behaves very well for a teenager… then again, not all are wild and rambunctious as we often see in YA stories. I like the variation in this tale.
I do hope this becomes a series, as I’d love to explore what happens with Abigale’s potential new love interest, her relationship with the fairies on her land, and the potential re-appearance of her father. I suspect there is a story there too… kudos for developing a new fan, Ms. Chesebro. Thanks for this excellent story.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MU69MXT
Also by Colleen M. Chesebro
Read all the reviews and by the books: https://www.amazon.com/Colleen-M-Chesebro/e/B01N9MV2RX
And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Colleen-M-Chesebro/e/B01N9MV2RX
Read more reviews and follow Colleen on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16254415.Colleen_M_Chesebro
Connect to Colleen via her blog: https://colleenchesebro.com/
The second author is Sally Harris who has received recent reviews for her debut novel Haverscroft.
About the Book
Kate Keeling leaves all she knows and moves to Haverscroft House in an attempt to salvage her marriage. Little does she realise, Haverscroft’s dark secrets will drive her to question her sanity, her husband and fatally engulf her family unless she can stop the past repeating itself. Can Kate keep her children safe and escape Haverscroft in time, even if it will end her marriage?
Haverscroft is a gripping and chilling dark tale, a modern ghost story that will keep you turning its pages late into the night.
One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads
This was my first spooky book of 2019 spooky book month and I loved it! It’s short, scary, well paced, great characters, and lots of suspense. A creepy old house, strange sounds, odd smells, neighbors who know more than they’re saying, scared kids, scared house cleaner, distracted husband, wife/mother questioning her own sanity, this book has it all and handles it all very well.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/S.-A.-Harris/e/B07MYMTNWN
and on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/S.-A.-Harris/e/B07MYMTNWN
Follow S.A. Harris on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1375010.S_A_Harris
Connect to Sally Harris via her website:https://www.saharrisauthor.com
And the next author with recent reviews is Sandra J. Jackson… for The Escape Series Book 2 – Catching Butterflies: Search for Home
About the book
April and Beth have escaped, and their captor is dead. Freedom is in their grasp – if only they knew where they were.
With some memories returning, April and Beth struggle to find answers to their questions. What they know is that they’ve been vaccinated against a strange virus. But what happened to their family, and to the rest of the world?
As they head out, they stumble onto the compound where their nightmare began, but the empty building only brings more mystery into their lives. Soon, they encounter others wandering on the numerous trails throughout the woods. For April, finding her family is priority one; for Beth, it’s sticking to the trails.
How can April ever convince her to leave the forest… and why are they being hunted?
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07R9NBC2B
Also by Sandra J. Jackson
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Sandra-J.-Jackson/e/B00UZJO5DY
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sandra-J.-Jackson/e/B00UZJO5DY
Read other reviews and follow Sandra on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13681910.Sandra_J_Jackson
Connect to Sandra via her blog: https://sandrajjackson.wordpress.com/
Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you will be leaving with a book under your arm.. thanks Sally.