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Friday, April 9, 2010

Whispers in Autumn by M. Jean Pike

Whispers in Autumn by M. Jean Pike
Publisher: Black Lyon Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full (154 pages)
Heat: Sensual
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.