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I was drawn to the story from the start. I felt for Dove and Dusty, the characters were well developed. They have flaws and I liked the way they help each other to overcome them. Dove is a physic medium and very sensitive to the tortured souls, she helps the police in a case and she ends up with a stalker turning her life into a nightmare.
Whispers in Autumn by M. Jean Pike
Publisher: Black Lyon Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full (154 pages)
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Fennel
Love on the Lake Book 2
To hear love whispering, they had to listen with their hearts.
Paranormal Studies expert Dove Denning came to Shadow Lake to attend her friend Emma’s wedding. After helping the police with a brutal murder investigation, the solitude and tranquility of the lake are just what Dove needs to ease her spirit—but the spirits that whisper to her aren’t so at ease.
Struggling over the death of his daughter, Dusty is a man who has come from dark places in search of peace. As his heart turns toward Dove, the ghosts from his past turn out to be more than just figures of speech. Together, Dusty and Dove find the power of redemption, of safety from a growing danger … of love on the lake.
“His dark blond hair teetered on the edge of brown.” What a fabulous description! And this is just one of several such eye catching phrases that draws you right into the story, from the first page. Dove Denning is no simpering chit of a girl. Indeed she has reached the age when ‘Life begins again’. And when, instead of introducing us to a vindictive ex husband we learn that Dove and Max – and his new wife – the reader discovers they are all good friends. You may be forgiven for wondering where the conflict lies.
Not in the direction you may assume that is for sure! Ms. Pike leads her reader down the path of misconception with a skill that dupes her readers; who, when they discover the deception, shrug, grin, and say, yeah, that’s cool, and read on.
Dusty, is no front-cover-model-of-a-man either. He is more in the style of a ‘rough diamond’ of average height and his first encounter with Dove reveals his caring and concerned nature, his courtesy. It also reveals an aspect of Dove’s personality she is trying to recover from.
Into this old-world setting of charm and good manners and caring she drops her conflicts and sets Dove and Dusty several challenges. I have to say any man called Dusty, has a challenge from the moment of his birth, but then that’s just a personal assumption on my part. Our hero certainly rises above the challenge without any problem at all.
The climax of the story will have you sitting on the edge of your seats, because although you know the genre requires a HEA, there are moments when you seriously wonder how Ms Pike can pull it off. Her writing is fluent and vivid. As mentioned earlier she is a superlative word-smith, and every character in this book pulses with ‘life’.
This is the first of M. Jean Pike’s book I have read, but I will be looking out for more in future.
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March is always such a busy month … I have birthdays to celebrate, appointments to keep, work to be, well, worked at. But my son finally got his own car, so hopefully that will mean less running for me, and more time to write. I’m planning the third book in my Love on the Lake series as we speak. And speaking of Love on the Lake, Whispers in Autumn is now available at Amazon and Black Lyon Publishing. If you like spooky ghost stories with a dash of mystery, this one’s definitely for you!
Great news! The second installment in my Love on the Lake Series, Whispers in Autumn, is due out next month from Black Lyon Publishing, right on schedule!
When her help in solving a brutal child murder case results in a threat against her life, ghost whisperer Dove Denning flees to the safety and tranquility of Shadow Lake. On the brink of emotional collapse, Dove sees the deserted campground as the perfect place to hide out from the world and the faceless stranger who stalks her. Police advise her to trust no one if she wants to stay alive. It’s advice Dove plans to keep. Until she meets the one man who can save her from herself…
Here’s a snippet to tease you…
In the bathroom, she slipped out of her dress and pulled on a nightgown. She washed her face, brushed her hair, and headed back to the living room, yawning. A night of driving and a day of festivity had finally caught up with her. Sleep would come easily this night.
Crossing the room to pull the curtains closed, she froze when she saw a figure standing on the dock; a young girl in a black bathing suit. Her skin was milky white, her hair long and untamed. Dove pulled in a breath. Don’t get involved…
She closed her eyes, exhaled softly. When she opened them again, the girl was still there, regarding her pensively with her dark, shadowy eyes.
Ignoring her inner voice, Dove slid open the door and stepped outside. She stood without speaking, her gaze locked with that of the specter.
You can see me? The girl finally asked.
None of the others can.
What do you want?
I want … I want you to tell him I’m sorry. Please?
She choked on a sob. My dad.
Who are you?
Silence fell like a thick, dark veil. The ghost drew closer. Shivering in her nightgown, Dove braced herself against a blast of frigid air, against the sheer, raw strength of the emotions that swirled like a cyclone inside the girl. Images exploded in her brain, one after another: a small girl splashing in the water, running with a jar of lightning bugs, riding piggyback high on a man’s shoulders. She watched as each impression gave way to the next, as the pretty little girl became a lovely young woman. She saw her competing in a high school swim meet as a crowd of onlookers cheered, dancing in a lavender gown, a string of pearls around her pretty neck, riding a ten speed bike, her hair dancing in the wind. And then came a final, horrible image. A blood curdling scream as she plunged head first into the icy lake, her hands groping blindly in terror and confusion as the water closed in around her.
Dove nearly buckled beneath the force of its fury as the specter fought to gain entry into her being. Summoning her inner strength, she steeled herself against the onslaught until she felt its energy begin to weaken. Its fervor lessened and then disappeared, leaving only a whispered breath of air in its wake.
This has been a rainy week in my world so it seemed the perfect time to settle in with Waiting for the Rain by M. Jean Pike. I wasn’t sure what to expect after reading the description on the back cover. The book had more depth and beauty than I expected. I found it to be a breath of fresh air in the paranormal romance genre. It is skillfully written, full of unique scenes, a few colorful characters, heartache, sacrifice, drama, suspense and of course a sexy leading man. In some ways the story reminded me of a modern, adult version of Tuck Everlasting. This book is a love story that offers hope but . . . is that hope medical, miracle or magic—readers will have to decide. If you like unpredictable books you will enjoy the many twists the author takes you on in this story. The book is categorized as a paranormal romance novel and although it is a romance, it is not light, fluffy or full of silly sexual innuendos. The romance in Waiting for the Rain is believable and tasteful. The paranormal aspect will come upon readers slowly and quickly build into a beautiful tale. This book is easy to read in one sitting, but you better start it early in the day because you may not want to put it down until you get to the end. This is an emotional love story that shows the hope a sacrifice can offer one we love. Readers will go through a swing of emotions while reading of a love that sacrifices and heals but may not be destined to endure forever. Readers will enjoy the way the author gets right to the heart of the story. It only took me a page or two to be hooked. The leading lady, twenty-eight year old Willow (Willy) is diagnosed with cancer. Before telling her husband, Tom, her sad news, he announces that he wants a divorce because he has found someone new. Having no desire for his pity, Willy refrains from telling him her medical news and instead agrees to the divorce and turns to the help of her friends. Realizing her time on earth may be coming to an end she desires to follow one of her dreams. Always an admirer of the majestic eagle, she wants to photograph one before she is too frail to do so. Her journey into the woods proves to be a life-altering trip. After experiencing car trouble and lack of cell phone reception, she meets Darby, a reclusive, gruff but handsome stranger with plenty of tragedy of his own. War veteran Darby lives in Baker’s Gully away from humanity with his faithful dog Lucky as his main companion. The beautiful art work on the book cover gives a brief glimpse into the world that will captivate Willy who is strangely drawn to Baker’s Gully and can’t seem to rest until she finagles a way to stay in the abandoned rose covered cabin not far from Darby’s place. Readers won’t be surprised when Willow and Darby begin to fall in love, but will be surprised by the direction their love takes them. Both have lost a first love, neither is looking for a new love yet they are drawn to each other as in a fairy tale. If you believe in true love, if you believe miracles or magic can get you where you want to go, this book is for you. The book is well written with accurate portrayals of the time period involved. The main characters are fully developed and the scenes are beautifully described. Through clear and vivid descriptions, readers will feel like they have been to Baker’s Gully before. I enjoyed getting to know Willow and I was fascinated by Darby. I appreciated the depth of both characters. Willow’s situation is easier to figure out but readers will have questions as they get to know Darby, his past and his beautiful property. Could Darby have the secret to the fountain of youth? Will he be able to help Willy? Will Willy let him? These are questions that come to mind for the reader. The author introduces to some colorful minor characters with interesting pasts and hearts of gold. Some readers may not approve of the lifestyles and choices of certain characters but will find them believable and true to form throughout the story. Readers will sense a heart of friendship in Sid, the loyalty of hard as nails lawyer Zoe, the jokester in off-color, disgruntled Toots, and the weakness in the loves of Tom and Marilyn. The development of these characters allows the author to insert scenes written with humor, sarcasm, grief, romance, sacrifice, sorrow and love. The ending of the book causes one to stop, think and review the story as a whole. If you are like me, you will reflect upon it for a time. Willow and Darby stayed with me for several days after I left Baker’s Gully. This is a thought-provoking story that reminds us that into every life some rain must fall. Rain is there for all of us. Our lives can be spent remembering the rain, waiting for the rain or embracing the rain. A choice is offered. Jean Pike has given us a fresh, unique love story: A love for all times. Waiting for the Rain is a keeper! I predict that readers will want to return to Baker’s Gully to read this story more than once.