Today I have both books of the Chronicles of Shilo Manor Series by Charlene A. Wilson. Here you can read the review for Cornerstone Deep, and be sure to check into my post for Cornerstone Deep Echoes. Don’t forget to check the other tour stops to see what others think. In addition, be sure to go to THIS page to enter the rafflecopter drawing – you can be a winner of a signed paperback copy of the book with a matching bookmark!
Title: Cornerstone Deep
Series: Chronicles of Shilo Manor, #1
Author: Charlene A. Wilson
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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Book Description: They outlive the mortals of this realm by thousands of years, and when it comes to love the cruel fact is reinforced. Reincarnation doesn’t exist on this plane. They lose their wives to death with no hope of reuniting. Yet they continue to accept others for whatever time they have together. Save for Cole. His love for his last wife still burns in his soul four centuries after her death.
When the service they render to the noblemen of Cornerstone Deep brings him face to face with Anna, something unexpected happens. In a realm of silent souls, hers calls to him. He responds with a kiss—one that joined with the spell of servitude she inhaled, binds her soul.
Breaking ancient covenants, angering the lords, and bringing the gods’ wrath upon him, Cole tries desperately to undo his wrong and free his love—despite the determination of the nobleman to keep her.
“My life is a mirage of endless time. But you in this moment engulf me, rivet my mind, encompass my soul.”
Immortals seeking the souls of their loved ones through millennia, women with many lives unknown to them, and a series of roadblocks to prevent the reunion. A cleverly plotted set up for a series of stories, and it is the characters and their battles that bring this story to life for the reader.
While I found several uncomfortable moments in reading this story, when it often felt as if the women were little more than pawns in a great game of chess, Charlene Wilson has managed to craft a story that is redolent with suspense, emotion and fantasy that is interwoven with a romance, one of the things dreams are made of, and all the more poignant and satisfying for the difficulties encountered in fulfilling the promise it holds.
With well-defined characters that have abilities and insights that provide an interesting addition to the story, believable and often quite clever dialogue that highlights the brother’s relationship and a truly nasty authority figure who seems to enjoy creating messes because he can, while not an always comfortable or easy read, this is a good read and will hold your interest. There are some steamy sex scenes, a character that was trapped in situations not of her making, and imagery detailed and defined to give readers a solid sense of place and the worlds in which the characters live. On closing the book, the overwhelming sense I had was of the odd approach to enforce and display the love relationship, against all odds.
I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review for Full Moon Bites tours. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author:
Charlene is an author of paranormal suspenseful tales that sweep you away to other dimensions. She weaves magic, lasting love, and intrigue into multi-layered story lines to immerse you into the lives of her characters.
She began writing in her early teens when her vivid dreams stayed with her long after she had them. The characters and worlds were so amazing, she brought them to life through her books. You can meet them now in her series, Chronicles of Shilo Manor, and soon in her series, Aumelan.
She resides in a small community in Arkansas, USA, with her two beautiful daughters, a gray cat, Chester, and a fluffy black dog, KooJo.
Her first novel, Cornerstone Deep, was published in November 2010 by Class Act Books. Her second, Cornerstone Deep Echoes, was released February 2012, also by Class Act Books.