Authors Showcase: Exploring Love
January 26, 2013
The Book: The Unraveling of Wentwater
The Author: C. S. Lakin
The Story: When the simple, backward village of Wentwater begins disappearing one word at a time, no one can figure out how to stop it. Not the learned men living up in the Heights nor the superstitious leaders of the village. But those who had attended the baby naming ceremony seventeen years earlier remember the words of the marsh witch, and her pronouncement that the babe would one day cause the unraveling of Wentwater. In their fear, the villagers banish the parents and set their cottage on fire, and the babe was thought to have perished in the flames. But . . . did she?
Teralyn lives in the Heights and wants nothing more than to create beautiful music on her lap harp. When she comes down to the village for a festival, she falls in love with a villager named Fromer, much to the fury of Fromer’s brother, Justyn. Justyn’s jealousy moves him to make a deal with the witch, and when Wentwater vanishes due to a backfiring spell, it leaves Teralyn, the only person left in the kingdom, with a terrible choice. She must leave her life and forget Wentwater, or she can spend seven long years restoring everything back to the way it was, by spinning nettle into thread and stitching the world back . . . one word at a time.
The Unraveling of Wentwater explores love, jealousy, mercy, and judgment. It spins a tale about the power and magic of words, and as the marsh witch, who keeps words in a jar, warns, “Be careful with your words, they have consequences!” Secrets and superstitions abound in the kingdom, but only a water creature who lives at the bottom of the lake and guards the sacred site knows the truth and can help Teralyn restore all.
In this fourth installment of The Gates of Heaven fantasy series, readers will learn of the fourth of seven sacred sites heaven set up on earth to prevent evil from gaining a stronghold over the hearts of men. Inspired by the traditional fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, readers will be taken on a journey that will leave them, in a word . . . speechless.
Review by Holly M. Magnuson: Once again C.S. Lakin takes us on a magical journey with talking owls and witches from the marsh in the fourth installment of The Gates of Heaven Series. This time the journey takes us to Wentwater, where tradition and superstition rule the every day life. In the mountains above known as The Heights knowledge and wisdom is power.
Justyn the boy from Wentwater who always questioned the superstitions grows into a young man to be educated at the university in The Heights. Determined to turn his back on the foolishness of his family and the others in Wentwater. Teralyn has always lived in The Heights but never felt like she fit in, for deep in her heart is a passion for music.
When Justyn’s mentor asked him to take Teralyn to Wentwater for the annual festival he sees an opportunity to endear himself to his mentor. But he is soon consumed with much more than that when Teralyn seems to fall in love with his brother, Fromer. What follows is a classic story of love and the dangers of jealously and bitterness.
The author weaves several life lessons in this tale. I honestly don’t think I’ve figured them all out. Having worked in higher education for over 25 years I see many Justyns. As well, I’ve seen many Teralyns who have captured the passion of music and life. I think it’s safe to say we need to land somewhere in between.
Like the other books in the series it is appropriate for any age. If you enjoy escaping into another world that is beautifully painted with allegories this is an excellent choice.
The Book: Three Days with Molly
The Author: Jan Romes
The Story: Finn Riley is a hard-working country-rock star whose less-than-meager upbringing turned him into a guarded, self-proclaimed heartless bastard. He’s about to embark on a summer concert tour and is in need of a personal assistant.
Molly Williams is a stressed-out, over-worked aide to a divorce lawyer. She’s dealt with people suffering from heartache and irreconcilable differences for so long that she thinks all relationships are doomed. When her boss takes a sudden leave of absence, she’s gifted with three-months to do whatever she wants. A friend talks her into stumping as Finn’s assistant.
Can two work-aholics with trust issues lighten up long enough to follow their hearts? Or will they kill each other before the tour is over?
Review by Deanna S: Molly Williams is on a three-month leave from her stressful job as an aide to a divorce lawyer. Needless to say, after working for years around couples who are tearing each other apart, Molly no longer believes in everlasting love.
After deciding she can’t stand taking time off, she takes up a friend’s offer to be the personal assistant for the gorgeous, talented country singer Finn Riley. Unfortunately, Finn has a few issues of his own and the two perfectionist-workaholics clash from the moment they meet. Yet, there is chemistry between them that they cannot ignore.
Author Jan Romes has hit it out of the park again with her latest romance novel Three Days with Molly.
She manages to make you love her characters instantly despite their flaws and you definitely are cheering for them to fall in love. This delightful romance novel will entertain and charm you with its quick wit and loveable characters. Reading a Jan Romes romance novel is like eating chocolate after a long stint of dieting – yummy and satisfying!
Review by K. Mettner: Three Days With Molly is a fast moving, fun, flirtatious story about a strung out divorce lawyer and a heartless bastard country rock singer thrown together on his bus. She signs on to be Finn’s assistant for his summer tour only to quickly discover he’s not what he’s made out to be in the press.
The fast pace of the book introduces you to the characters quickly and accurately and by the second chapter you are already rooting for the two of them as a couple. Just when you think Finn is going to succumb to Molly’s charms everything falls apart and Finn searches within himself for the answer.
Ms. Romes once again was 100% true with her characters and her storyline and I will continue to recommend her stories to my friends.