||Jan. 29, 2008
Widow's Tale - Romance and danger on Maine's rugged coast. On sale for $0.99!
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Serena Murphy was losing her mind.
Every night Serena stood on the deck of O'Flanagans Tavern, searching Maine's rugged coast for a sign of her husband's body. Though he was pronounced lost at sea, Alan Murphy still haunted her as only his malevolent spirit could. In the loft above her tavern, Serena hears footsteps pace across her living room floor, yet when she turns, no one is there.
Alan would not let a little thing like death stop him from tormenting her. If she could just find his body, surely this torture would stop.
It had been ten years since Brett Murphy saw his sister in-law, although the separation was by design, to avoid temptation. Now Brett was in Victory Cove, not to declare his feelings for Serena, but to discover the truth about his brother's death. In doing so, he must battle Serena's ghosts, both real and contrived.
Serena Murphy squinted into the wind, searching cliffs lashed by angry surf. Maine’s late autumn freeze wrapped her in its clutch and whipped tendrils of hair over her somber expression.
Serena was looking for a body.
The maelstrom assaulting the deck of O’Flanagans Tavern did not deter her. She leaned forward and gripped the icy rail, her sigh engulfed by the sea mist.
A month had passed already, and each day before the dinnertime rush Serena came out to search the cliffs for any trace of her husband, Alan, who’d been pronounced lost at sea.
Alan was dead. She was sure of that. Even the sea spoke to her, weaving a tale of his demise in the fishing boat she had urged him to repair. She was certain he was dead because he haunted her. Not as a physical ghost, but there were signs—small, intimate signals that could only be executed by Alan’s malevolent spirit.
"Serena! Get in here before you catch your death of cold!"
Tempted to ignore the intrusion, Serena caught a glimpse of her part-time waitress, Rebecca, with her head stuck out the back door.
What an image she must portray to the young woman. Every night Serena stood out here, perched atop these cliffs, searching for a body. Searching for ghosts.
But that’s not what her waitress and the others saw. No, they saw a distraught widow anguished over the loss of her husband. They did not see her. They did not see the woman who feared Alan even after death.
It took effort, but Serena called across the wind, "I’ll be right there."
Alone with the waves that crashed against the rocks below, Serena waited for pain to envelop her. She waited for heart-wrenching sobs or any raw emotion that might signal despair over the loss of her husband.
Only the bleak whistle of the wind and the somber ring of a buoy answered.
Great book, kept me wanting more!
5.0 out of 5 stars - Great book, kept me wanting more!
I read about this book in a Kindle forum.... now keeping in mind I purchased the Kindle because I love to read, but don't have time.
I have numerous books on my shelves, and I chose this book to read. It took me longer to read than I wanted, but that was NOT because of the story line, but time I had to read. This book kept me stealing moments here and there, I LOVED it!! Yes, the mystery and impending romance kept me coming back. Well written, I could not figure it out too early and I can't say there were any slow parts either, this whole book kept my interest.
I gave it 5 stars because I finished it with a satiated feeling. I will definitely be looking up more titles from Maureen!
4.0 out of 5 stars - Good read
I read the book because I read about it in the Kindle Forums - I am glad I bought it. It was a good read, although not 100% in my preferred genre (thus my inability to go the full 5 stars).
The plot was interesting to follow, I liked following the characters - and indeed, the characters were a wee bit devious and a wee bit convoluted, which made me want to discover what they were up to all the more. I am one of those who tries to figure out who the villain is, and I thought I pretty much had it figured out - but not very early in my reading, which was good (I HATE it when you have it figured out too early in the reading!).
Well done Ms. Miller - I hope many more will pick it up on a whim and read it!
4.0 out of 5 stars - Couldn't Put it Down
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This was a very good book. It is a romantic mystery with great suspense. It takes place in a small coastal town where there are few outsiders.
It kept my interest from beginning to end, never a dull moment. The setting was very well described, you could feel the cold of the nights. I enjoyed the characters and couldn't wait to find out what would happen next.
Now I can't wait to read her next book.
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