Fiction: Suspense, Mystery
At just over 67,700 words Windward Secrets is a fast paced mystery laced with humor, suspense, and a touch of the paranormal that will make the reader gasp at times, and soften their hearts at other times.
When Claire McPherson booked Windward Cottage, for the annual reunion with three college friends, her biggest concern was whether they would like the weatherbeaten, old Victorian on Cape Cod. Claire, Diane, Jill, and Caroline are in for more than a little Right and R. Windward Cottage has its own special powers of seduction. After 35 years of friendship they thought they knew everything about each other, but the old house draws confessions out of each and leads them unwillingly into a 50yearold mystery.
What was planned to be a vacation filled with fun, food, and reminiscing turns into one that will change their lives forever. Who or what is trying to frighten them? Only one woman’s stubborn determination keeps them at Windward Cottage when common sense tells them to leave. Fear, danger, and unexplained events connect the four women to each other and to Windward Cottage. Three of the women find their futures, and one finds
Readers will recognize someone they know in every character as Windward Secrets heightens their awareness of the heinous crime of human trafficking.
4 out of 5 (very good)
This is the story of four lifelong friends who try to have a girlie time together every few years. They would love to do it more frequently but life has a tendency of getting in the way. They all have secrets that the others don't know about, even after all this time. When Claire chooses a Victorian "Cottage" for their holiday this time, it is a place that she is familiar with as it is where she used to go as a child. However, things get strange, almost from the get-go, and seeing how the different ladies deal with the circumstances and events whilst staying true to their personalities, makes this a definite page-turner.
Well written, with a smooth pace building up to a surprising climax, this book has it all. There were no grammatical errors that I could see. Recommended for all fans of women's fiction, mystery with a tiny hint of supernatural.
* I received this book from Words Turn Me On in return for a fair and honest review. *
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(Emerson’s Attic Series #1) Middlegrade historical fiction/adventure.
Smoke and Mirrors
(Emerson’s Attic #2) Middlegrade historical fiction/adventure.
My name is Kathleen Andrews Davis and I live in the mountains of Central Pennsylvania with my husband and a horde of deer who insist on annihilating any attempts at gardening. We are emptynesters with two grown daughters and two beautiful grandchildren.
During my long and varied working life I did business writing including everything from press releases to policy and procedure manuals. I served as managing editor of an inhouse newspaper where I enjoyed every aspect of production including writing, photography, and even dummy layout. From there, I moved into marketing pieces and business plans.
My favorite venture, however, was fourteen years in the Bed & Breakfast industry. This was my passion. When we left our lovely old Victorian it left a hole in my heart and I found myself with an indistinguishable yearning to be more and do more. The little wheels in my head started turning and it dawned on me, if I liked commercial writing, why won’t I like creative writing? Becoming a grandmother was the fuel that fed the fire, and I decided to leave my grandchildren a legacy of words that would outlast any other inheritance I could give.
My first two books in the Emerson’s Attic series, for middlegrade readers, were so much fun that I decided to give an adult novel a try. I love stories about smart, mature women and the characters of Windward Secrets introduced themselves to me when I least expected it. And so, I have found my new adventure and hope to learn and grow as an author.
The knitting needles have slowed, the flower beds (or what’s left of them) have weeds, my fishing rod leans lonely in a corner of the garage, and I can’t get enough of my grandchildren.