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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Bird and the Busy Beez by Lea Winter

The Bird and the Busy Beez by Lea Winter
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Romance historical, Paranormal
Length: Short (101 pages)
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Abigail Warner takes a trip to the English countryside where she meets a reclusive but sexy Welshman, Bram Fenton. Secrets lurk behind his silent green eyes and he pulls Abby into his strange world when he presents her with a letter written by his grandfather in the 1960s. No ordinary letter, the parchment propels her back to 1962 were she embarks on a quest to find the letter's author, Gareth Fenton. He alone holds the key that unlocks her ability to return to the present. She’s befriended by a young rock-and-roll quintet who call themselves the Busy Beez, and together they experience London in the Swingin’ Sixties.

Can love cross the boundary of time and right a wrong that happened over forty-five years in the past? A letter, a rose, a puppy and a pledge tie two lovers together for all time.

‘The Bird and the Busy’ is a fun and unpredictable read, from its first moments with the bouncy corgi!

Lovely American, Abby, is temporarily transplanted to Great Britain. With the help of this four-footed matchmaker, she apparently accidentally meets a gentleman who, but for the ponytail, seems a rather stern sort. Even so, he issues a rather odd invitation. Abby, like the reader, is a bit nonplussed. He’s plainly something special, this man, something different. And, we note he’s introduced the dog, but not himself…

But Bram Fenton has a history behind him that has kept tongues wagging for ages. Lea Winter has completely engaged our curiosity at this point. ‘The Bird and the Busy Beez’ is a must-read before you make it halfway into chapter two. The faintly Brit aura the permeates the work makes you feel you should be sipping tea at the table while you read it.. with a nice cozy snack, too, like a scone. You’ll be glued to the old gossip, Mrs. Morrissey’s, every word.

Surprisingly, while Fenton and certain others come into focus pretty quickly, it takes a long time to develop a picture of our Abby, (apart from her curiosity.) Elements of magic and mystery risk plausibility at points, but also, build intrigue as the story continues. We discover that our Abby, is indeed, something of a mystery to herself. The many subtle surprises carry this tale along, and to say more would risk a spoiler. Do approach with your sense of fun readily at hand.

This is an intriguing combination of history and contemporary. The writing style I find exceptionally appealing: there is enough description to give a strong sense of place, and an exceptional feeling of depth.