This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance
Released on September 16, 2011
Before I get to the story, I’d like to comment on the cover art. I really liked how it set the ambiance for the story that came after it. This is a darker story that has an urban fantasy feel to it though the time period is historic.
The backdrop of the farming community and village have an Old Salem feel to them where practicing witch craft for everyday life needs seems believable.
In this story, John Tyler a simple farmer is faced with a devastating, fast-working disease that leaves him with two horrific choices for treatment. The tale begins when he learns this and progresses through him agonizing both physically and with his conscious over what he will ultimately chose as his cure.
The plot is strong and I truly enjoyed following John as he struggled to make good and sometimes selfless choices in the face of his own agony, future disfigurement and possible death. The addition of Sarah Sheridan and their budding romance was also a good plot thread.
The pace was sometimes slow particularly in the beginning, but picked up just fine once John was ‘on the clock’ so to speak in figuring out what he was going to do to combat his disease.
A word of caution for the faint of heart (or stomach in this case) with the long details about those icky leeches (still brings a big ‘ew’ out of me just thinking about them) from the doctor or later when the details regarding the progress of the disease in John’s body was described. I readily admit that others might not be bothered about this, but just putting it out there in case it is the sort of thing that’s too much for you.
As to the characters, I was heartily impressed with John. I love it when the hero is ordinary, but his situation is what comes along and shows what his character is really made of. The heroine is introduced later in the book and she is more of a secondary character much of the time, but I enjoyed what I saw of her.
The romance between John and Sarah is barely beyond the attraction phase and something happens near the end of the story that will test what has just begun between them.
Though not a typical fantasy, this story will have appeal for those who enjoy the old gothic-style reads that gave one those delicious shivers up and down the spine.