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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Finding Fiona: Maine Shore Chronicles by Mary Fremont Schoenecker

Finding Fiona: Maine Shore Chronicles by Mary Fremont Schoenecker
Publisher: Five Star/Gale Group
Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (265 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Finding Fiona is contemporary Romantic Suspense with a turn-of-the-century twist. When Maddy Fontaine lands a teaching job in her own hometown, she strives to teach eighth graders local history, never expecting to experience century-old happenings first hand -- especially not in a mill town filled with ethnic characters who take their heritage seriously. Maddy falls in love with an Irish artisan, Patrick Donovan. Patrick is equally attracted to Maddy, but responsibilities hold him back. His sister, Fiona has disappeared. Maddy moves out of her father’s seaside home into her best friend, Clare’s, apartment. A hurricane strikes, flooding the town and sweeping Maddy back a century in time. Not your typical time travel sequence, but a short pre-destined trip, according to Clare’s psychic surrogate mother, Tant Margaret. Maddy’s trip is predicted to unravel the mystery of Fiona’s disappearance. Mysticism clashes with faith-filled people and inextricably weaves lives together on a suspenseful quest to find Fiona. Unforgettable characters in this heartwarming tale will leave you wanting more.
She’s involved in a caustic relationship and planning to get out. He’s got secrets he’s not sure how to share. Both realize that sometimes love is enough to sort out life’s problems. Add a pinch of psychic ability and a healthy dose of faith and you have Finding Fiona.

Ms. Schoenecker writes a compelling and unique novel of love, forgiveness, and redemption. Her scenes are rich with details, making the reader feel like he or she is truly on the Maine coast. You can easily empathize with the characters as they go through the story. Her use of time travel and the psychic abilities of the secondary characters added a twist of individuality and hooked the reader.

Madelaine’s going through a rough time. She’s at the end of a loveless relationship and her father’s had a stroke. She’s a teacher and very independent. Readers can relate to her desire to go on her own and loyalty to those she loves. Patrick makes a great hero because, although he doesn’t want to admit he wants Maddy, he makes a cautious move on her.

The underlying current of finding the mysterious Fiona adds tension to the love story and keeps the reader engaged. I enjoyed the sprinkling of Gaelic and French. This made the characters unique and added color to the story.

If you want an inspirational read that mixes current events with problems from the past, then Finding Fiona is the novel for you. If you want a sweet read that tugs at your heartstrings, then this is definitely the story for you. I give this novel 4.5 books.