Monday, 14 June 2021

B Book Reviews

Whispers At Willow Lake by Mary Manners


Reviewed by Deborah Piccurelli

Though I have heard of this author, this is the first book she’s written that I’ve read. I must say that I wasn’t disappointed.

Whispers at Willow Lake is the story of Ali MacLaren and Ryder Hawkins, who have known each other practically all of their lives. They were high school sweethearts until tragedy tore them apart for eight years. But now, a woman who saved his life, and who he thinks of as a second mother, has urgently summoned him home. But he arrives too late, and she dies as he spends a night in his hometown’s jail.

Without transportation, Ryder calls Ali to pick him up at the station. Thus, their first reunion since he left town. Both are hurting after the death of her Down syndrome brother, Josh years ago, and are finally looking toward healing. Ryder would like to work at that together with Ali. But Ali is angry at Ryder for abruptly leaving town after the accident without much explanation.

Can Ryder and Ali reconnect? Or will she continue to date Ryder’s former nemesis, John Larder, the same policeman who arrested Ryder as he rode back into town?

Mary Manners’ prose is elegantly descriptive and vivid, so that the reader gets a sense of where the characters are, and feeling a part of the story. The characters are well developed, and it is a pleasure to be in each of their points of view. The story drew me in from the beginning, and held my attention all the way through. I would say a delightful read all around.

If you enjoy contemporary romance, this novella will fit the bill nicely. If you are a regular reader of Mary Manners books, you’ll be glad to add this one to your collection.


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Whispers at Willow Lake
By Mary Manners / White Rose Publishing

With a father known as the town drunk and a mother who fled when he was only six, Ryder learned early on that the world can be a cold, unforgiving place. Only two people in his life ever understood him "Mama" Stallings and sweet Ali Maclaren. But after a tragic accident, guilt chases Ryder from the town that's labeled him trouble, and from Ali.

Seven years later Ryder returns after Mama Stallings's death and finds that Ali is considering marriage to a man with a mean streak he masterfully hides from all but Ryder, a man who'll do whatever's necessary to remove Ryder from Willow Lake, and Ali's life, forever.

Can Ali find a way to forgive Ryder and can Ryder forgive himself before another tragedy occurs?


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