Recent Reviews for Eleanor Sullo
The Emerald Eye (Book) - 3/3/2002 11:44:48 AM|
Moonrakers (Book) - 3/3/2002 11:44:01 AM
Moonrakers (Book) - 3/3/2002 11:39:03 AM
Moonrakers (Book) - 2/18/2002 3:44:39 PM
Wings ePress, Inc., March 2002
Olivia deBaine needs help. Her father, Sir William, has been suffering through recent "accidents", and she fears that the resident ghostly specter is out for his blood. Calling upon the services of well-known detective Dr. Harrison Pell, of the Society for Psychical Research and an affiliate of Scotland Yard, Olivia hopes to rid Chambercombe Manor of the spirit, and save her father's life. For despite her knowledge of and skill with herbal remedies, she cannot solve the mysteries surrounding the Manor herself.
Harrison is a man of science, through and through. He has little time for tales of ghosts and otherworldly phenomenon, and is determined to prove that a flesh-and-blood person is behind the attacks upon Sir William. Casting everyone he meets into the role of suspect, even the delectable Miss Olivia, Harrison has quite a task before him. Sir William has his share of enemies, as he is considered a harsh landowner who will not allow his tenants to have any but the merest of human comforts. Olivia is the deBaine who comforts the tenant farmers, with her herbal medicines.
However, it is due to one such instance, where Olivia mistakenly gives a patient too much foxglove -- or digitalis -- that Harrison begins to believe she is the prime suspect for her father's attacker. Added to Harrison's suspicions is Sir William's insistence that his attacker is a woman, due to the lavender scent he smells and the swishing of skirts he hears before he is pushed down the stairs.
Harrison isn't sure what to do with his suspicions. He has always taken the logical path through life, and has never had much contact with those outside of the laboratory. The feelings he has for Olivia are certainly dulling his concentration and thought processes. He is torn between his emotions and his vow to bring the guilty to justice. Olivia isn't having an easy time of it, either. Nearly betrothed to the Honorable Albert Reynolds, the Viscount Torrington's son, she wasn't prepared to have these deep feelings for Harrison, especially not so soon after meeting him. The sexual tension between the pair is genuine, and is perfectly paced with the suspense and action of the novel.
While Olivia and Harrison are battling against their mutual attraction, the strange events at the Manor continue, as Sir William is poisoned, is thrown from his horse and is shoved into an empty grave. Our intrepid leading characters slowly discover the secrets the Manor hides, from hidden rooms to secret passageways. With the help of the local sheriff, Ned Hingle, Harrison uncovers evidence of smuggling and murder along the coastline.
Who is leading the local band of moonrakers -- those "land pirates" who cause ships to crash and reap the bounty for themselves? Will Harrison and Olivia be able to discover the menacing presence at the Manor before times runs out for Sir William? Should Harrison trust his heart, and believe that Olivia could not be behind the attacks, or will he follow logic and lose his love?
The budding friendship between Ned and Harrison is a joy to read, as the reader can see Harrison coming out of his shell in order to form solid bonds with other people. The glimpses into Harrison's past make these relationships more important, and the author does a wonderful job of conveying Harrison's emotional responses to both his current and previous relationships.
By no means an alpha male, Harrison still manages to get the job done. He solves the mysteries and crimes, saves his lady and maintains his own personality throughout the novel. Ms. Sullo has produced a unique hero in Harrison Pell -- he is truly the epitome of a romantic hero, with some added dashes of uncertainty and shyness -- making him that much more realistic.
Olivia is another great character who comes alive through Sullo's words. She is a very strong woman, with a tender and maternal side. A folk healer who is impassioned about her craft and her people, she will stop at nothing to discover the identity of her father's attacker, be it man, woman or ghost.
If you enjoy reading books that skillfully combine suspense, romance, laughter, passion and paranormal elements, THE MOONRAKERS is the book for you! Eleanor Sullo has crafted memorable characters, indeed, she has shown that everyday men and women have the strength to act morally and responsibly, and have the inner strength to confront, and best, evil. THE MOONRAKERS is a touching love story that has this reader craving more books from Ms. Sullo.
-- Julie Shininger
I Came Upon You Dreaming (Poetry) - 3/9/2002 3:43:08 PM
second poem today on a dead father. seems he's telling me something from up above. Thanks for reminding me of him.
I Came Upon You Dreaming (Poetry) - 3/9/2002 12:43:36 AM
poignaant memories and fitting tribute...well done...