September Book Reviews @stacitroilo @maeclair1 @brendawhitesid2 @Sandra_Cox @maurabeth2014

I normally wait until the end of the month to share my book reviews, but these wouldn’t wait! Enjoy!

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Hang onto your hat with this one, folks!
This story, written in dual timelines is hands-down one of the best books of the year so far!
I struggled at the beginning to keep all the characters from each timeline straight, but as the authors so effectively established each one, it became easy.
I love all the characters. Even the tertiary characters are bigger than life.
The relationship between Aiden and his Gran (Julia) is so special, not just because she raised him. They share something deeper than just family blood. They share gifts passed down through their lineage. But their banter is endearing. I almost laughed out loud when she drugged him with her special herbal tea.
The strong female characters in this story are unique and capable. Greer may be my favorite. Not only is she a talented writer and editor, but she’s also got flaws that make her believable. And that could be said about each character in this story.
Aiden is a non-believer in anything related to the spirit realm. So it was fun watching things unfold to challenge him at every turn.
From seances in the late 1800s to modern-day seances, this story encompasses it all. Some so-called spiritualists were no more than good magicians, while others truly possessed the gift of mediumship. Since I am a true believer in supernatural gifts, I found all of this believable.
I cannot fail to mention Aiden’s faithful dog, Levi. He is as much a character in the story as the humans and is entirely devoted to his master. So, I loved it when he saved the day.
If you love deeply intertwined family stories mixed with paranormal occurrences and a tantalizing mystery, you are going to enjoy this story from these two authors. I’ve been a fan of both of their writings for many years, but the two of them co-authoring this book have taken storytelling to an entirely new level. This is the must-read book of 2022!




I enjoyed this book so much. The author speaks my language. Elidor is an empath. She’s struggled throughout her entire life with how to manage that gift and not let it overwhelm her. She’s also an archaeologist and a good one. She’s traveled the world participating in digs. But this one, in New Mexico, changes her life. Bordering the Mescalero Indian Reservation, she and her partner, Cam make a discovery that will affect the future of the Mescalero Indians and their way of life. What to do? She’s developed a close kinship with a Mescalero elder, Juanita, who is teaching her how to manage her gift as an empath. Then Cam falls off the mountain and dies. Now Elidor is the only one who knows the location of the burial site and the massive accumulation of wealth it holds. She makes a choice that puts her life in danger. Greed can cause men to do unspeakable things. I cheered for Elidor when she made the decision to return home to Joshua, which is a fictitious town patterned after Jerome, Arizona. If you’ve never visited this place, put it on your bucket list, and don’t miss the kaleidoscope store. The author did a fabulous job of describing it. But I digress. I loved Elidor’s family and the hippie community that is bonded together in this quaint town. And while she knew it was always a possibility, she’d not prepared to cross paths with her one true love, Julien, whom she hasn’t seen in twenty years. He is an accomplished journalist turned author and has also traveled the world. Will they be able to renew their relationship? Will Elidor give up her secret? So many questions! You’ll have to read the book to find the answers. While this is book 3 in a series, is it a complete standalone You do not have to read the others before this one. If you are a fan of complex characters and a compelling storyline, you are going to love this book. I highly recommend it!



The cover for this story is the first thing that drew me. It’s gorgeous! I’ll Be Right Back is a short read that portrays a weak man’s obsession with a woman and the ultimate betrayal. Maura Beth Brennan has a distinctive writing style that pulls the reader into the story. She sets the scene, then follows through with the psychological aspects of both characters. Money isn’t everything, and love is truly blind. A short but good read!



A sheriff with amber eyes and lean hard muscles, a spunky southern girl, and a small Montana town makes the perfect combination for an intriguing story. Oh, but wait! Let’s add in the fact that the hunky sheriff is a shapeshifter who is determined to keep his inner wolf a secret. But when the people he loves are threatened by a powerful evil force, he has no choice. This story kept me involved from the beginning to the end. While I felt it was predictable as far as the romance part, it is a super entertaining read, and a great way to escape into another world for a while. This author does a great job of creating the characters. I could visualize them all and had a few favorites I immediately related to. Rose, Quinn, Jesse, and Adam, although tertiary characters, all play a big part in the unfolding of the story. If you are looking for a different kind of small-town romance story, there is no doubt you will enjoy this one. It’s a great escape!

47 thoughts on “September Book Reviews @stacitroilo @maeclair1 @brendawhitesid2 @Sandra_Cox @maurabeth2014

  1. I’ve got, The Haunting of Chatham Hollow, nestled on the Kindle. I never had a doubt about the quality of the story, considering the authors, but your review just bumped it up the list. Congratulations to all of the authors listed here! The TBR keeps growing. Thanks for sharing, Jan.


  2. Thanks so much for the wonderful reviews, Jan. I thought Mae and Staci’s collaboration was great – those two know how to write! Mateo’s Law was the first book I read from Sandra, and I haven’t stopped since. Thanks for introducing me to Brenda and Maura Beth and their books. They both sound wonderful. Happy Reading!

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    1. Thanks for leaving a comment, Diana! And thanks for adding your recommendation for The Haunting of Chatham Hollow! I am a fan of Sandra’s writing, and Mateo’s Law was so different for her. She did a great job with it. I’m glad you found some new books to take a look at. ๐Ÿ™‚ We can never have too many.

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    1. Yahoo! I know you are enjoying Chatham Hollow. It’s such a good story. And I’m happy to showcase Mateo here. I enjoyed it so much. Great story. Great characters! Thank you for visiting. I’m happy to share my review!

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    1. I am thrilled to include the review for Curse of Wolf Falls this month, Brenda. It’s such a great story! And I’m happy you found some new reads. Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment! I hope you picked up some new readers here!

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    1. Thanks for adding your recommendation for The Haunting of Chatham Hollow, Joan. It is a great story! Yes, Maura Beth’s story is only 24 pages long. She can pack a lot in a few pages! And the New Mexico/Arizona story from Brenda is rich with setting descriptions. I could see it all! If you’ve ever been to Jerome, Arizona, you’ll immediately recognize it.

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  3. Fantastic reviews. Congrats to Brenda, Sandra, Maura, Staci, and Mae! I loved The Haunting of Chatham Hollow and will have to take a look at the other books. I have Sandraโ€™s Gellerโ€™s Find waiting on my ereader for me. Thanks for sharing, Jan ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you for adding your recommendation for The Haunting of Chatham Hollow, Harmony. Sandra is such a prolific writer. I have no idea how she puts out so many books in a year. But I really enjoyed this one. I appreciate you taking the time to visit!

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  4. Jan, your enthusiasm The Haunting of Chatham Hollow has me breaking out into a Snoopy Dance. I’m elated you enjoyed it so much! Thanks for sharing your review with your readers. And congrats to all the authors featured here. An excellent collection of books!

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  5. Some interesting reads here, Jan. I’ve already bought Staci’s and Mae’s book but haven’t had time to open it. I will soon. I’m very intrigued by the story and your review made me anxious to get to it. Both are such good writers so I know it’ll be fantastic. I’m also drawn to Wolf of Curse Falls. That sounds like good reading. Have a wonderful day, Sister.

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