Review with Giveaway: Cornerstone Deep Echoes by Charlene A. Wilson

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 Echoes, and be sure to check into my post for Cornerstone Deep  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 Echoes
Series: Chronicles of Shilo Manor, #2
Author: Charlene A. Wilson
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction

Paperback
Pages: 279
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Stars:  3
Book DescriptionMianna’s return heals Cole’s soul and he promises to follow her for the rest of his existence.  But the past isn’t what he believes.  The fight for her has only begun.

Lord Dressen’s obsession grows as unexpected knowledge is revealed.  His search for Mianna has spanned six life times and he won’t give up now.  The courts stand behind him.  Power pulses through his veins.  Determination peaks and not even Cole Shilo can stop him.  He will win his prize.

Struggling to stay ahead, Cole’s anger explodes.  Nothing is sacred when it comes to keeping his love—not even covenants made with gods.  But, through all his efforts, lofty or damned, the truth remains.  Will echoes of another life cause him to fail?

~ * ~

“Every breath you take is a song to my soul.”

Book Review: 

Picking up where the first in the series left off, although I found this installment far less enjoyable, and far more wrought with disturbing moments, mostly down the seemingly static characters and the increasing levels of violence and abuse perpetrated by the villain.  While the story is beautifully written, the prose is lyrical and beautiful, and the underlying essence of love is apparent: it did not feel as if any of the characters learned or grew from their experience.

People who loved the first, however, are certain to have a more positive reaction to the characters and story, although I do feel that many will be frustrated with some of the behaviors and dismissive attitudes toward the women in the series.  I was hoping for a better approach to the encroaching attitude of Anna within Mianna, and it seems as though the story stopped progressing when those difficulties were detailed.    While it was a competent second book in the series, I’d like to move forward more and find some resolution for Cole, and mates for his brothers.  I did enjoy the inclusion of the gods and their twisted sense of loyalty to covenants and promises, and think this will be an enjoyable twist and interest for fans of the series.

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.

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