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Woman of the Mists. Lynn Sholes



Woman of the Mists (Edge of the New World)


Woman of the Mists. Lynn Sholes
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews.

I’m quite eclectic in my reading, and liked the sound of this. I love books that take history and tell it from the standpoint of people living in it. Especially I love the Native American world with its spirits and legends. How much stock they put in reading and interpreting signs from the spirit world and how it commanded how they act in their day to day life. I love reading too about the minutiae of their daily chores, fishing, hunting, building shelter, cooking, gathering plants and preparing medicines, and how they interact with each other. This book gives so much of all that, and wrapped in a slow building romance and the heartbreak of not being able to marry the person Teeka loved, but having to go to another stronger tribe, as demanded by their chief. (caique?) for the good of her people.
I felt for Teeka and her childhood sweetheart Auro when she was taken away. How he reacted was interesting and heartbreaking, she gave up hope for the good of the People but he just couldn’t let the idea of them go. Knowing rescuing her was out he retreated deep inside. Poor Auro – one half of me felt so sad for him and then the other was horrified at some of the things he did in his despair. Then there’s teeka, seemed to accept her fate and yet was all the while trying to find a way of getting back to Auro but without shaming anyone or causing trouble for the tribes. I loved being in her mind and seeing what she was planning, and yes, I’m a sap but I was so glad it all worked out the way it did for her.
Its a lovely read, not great drama and sex scenes but a slow building romance, and a glimpse of just what life was like for Teeka and the others. It felt very realistic and I was thoroughly entertained right to the end. I loved the way the Spirit world and spirits were brought in, the way the Shaman was shown as so I important to the tribes and how things could go wrong if he wasn’t as he should be. Its a great read for anyone wanting to live a slice of history mentally for a few hours. Its priced at £2.54 for 249 pages.
Stars: five.
ARC supplied via Netgalley

The Ever After of Ella and Micha. Jessica Sorensen

The Ever After of Ella and Micha

The Ever After of Ella and Micha. Jessica Sorensen

Review from Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews.

Sometimes its a case of so many books, so little time. I’d read about the Ella and Micha phenomenon in several blogs, but at the time had so many books to read, and several in this genre. I like to mix and match my reading so passed on these – then began to regret that as it seemed such a hit series, so jumped at the chance to review this latest book.
Well, its action that takes place mainly over a couple of weeks, with flashbacks to incidents in both Micha and Ella’s past that explain some of the events that have occurred, and the way they think about issues. Ella is still struggling with confidence and commitment it seems to me. She’s clear in her love for Micha but I feel she thinks he deserves better, that she’ll hold him back, and much of this book is the lovely, lovely Micha building her trust and confidence so they can have their day and a brilliant happy ever after.
They’re a great duo, and along with friends Lila and Ethan (who have their own book,) make an interesting and readable cast. I love lots of drama though and reading reviews it seems books one and two had that – this didn’t really have enough to suit me. Its was a great book in that it finished off nicely a series, and tied up those loose ends where reader is thinking “why did he/she do that? What about xyz..” etc so it worked well in that respect but as a romance on its own it didn’t really cut it for me. Its was Good – but just not Great, as I’ve come to expect from this very popular genre, and Jessica’s other books. Its not the first for which I’ve felt this way – there’s a couple of other series where author has written a ties it all up book and I felt the same about those. Satisfying in the way everything finally answered and yet I miss the dram of budding romance and the tension when things go wrong. Its all “nice” and “good” stuff, and I suppose what I want is some bad bits *shrug* what can I say? I’ve become a drama addict….
Beautifully written as always from Jessica and priced at £3.99 for 272 pages.
Stars: four.
ARC supplied via Netgalley

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