- File Size: 3184 KB
- Print Length: 180 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Bone Diggers Press (February 3, 2017)
- Publication Date: February 3, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N4NZS9A
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,055 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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But, it doesn't stay like that. She mourns for her baby boy. She's an investigator like none you've ever heard of before. She knows all about the deep woods, and she's as country as it gets. She's got a rough family and she's not particularly proud of them, but she loves them anyway. Then there is a mystery, there is something in the lake. Her uncle, an illegal moonshiner, tells her that something is messing with the water in the stream .
Sunshine starts to investigate. I won't run the story by telling you any more. I like the character she plays. I like the situation. The writer doesn't follow in anyone else's footsteps. I read so much, that to me, that is a tremendous advantage. Despite her countrified speech, it is obvious that she has a large and discerning vocabulary. I truly enjoyed the book, but I also enjoy Shakespeare and Mark Twain.
Sunny, the Sunshine Walkingstick of the title, has a sad history - her mother killed her father and is now in jail, and her young son was taken by pooka (see below for explanation). She seems to have moved on from this awful past and is now a frequent member of her uncle's household and making a new life for herself - will it be with Riley Treadwell?
I liked that the investigation revolved around the topical issue of pollution of the nearby lake by persons unknown and I enjoyed the Appalachian accent (very broad American south) from the narrator, Rebecca Winder. As the book itself is written in this accent, I think I would have struggled to read it myself, given my own Queen's English!
It was also refreshing to read a novel where the female lead didn't jump straight into bed with the sexy male.
It's a short novel, just 178 pages in paperback, and I would have been happy for it to have been longer, but I didn't feel the characters suffered from the lack of length and I'd certainly listen to (if not read) subsequent books in the series.
Pooka: A mythical creature of Irish folklore. There are numerous variations of it in various cultures and traditions. It can be "good" or "bad," depending on the myth. According to various myths, a pooka can be a shape-shifter. Some of the shapes include appearing as a horse, goat, or rabbit.
"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request, and have voluntarily left this review."
I generally liked this. I liked the characters, the mystery and the romance. But I struggled at times feeling like the romance overpowered everything else and, well, this really doesn't feel like a first book. The characters have a lot of history and a certain amount of background is left unexplained. I kept feeling like there must be a prequel out there somewhere. (There isn't as far as I know.) Some of this feeling probably would have been ameliorated by fleshing some of the plot points out a bit and bringing her whole paranormal investigation into the open earlier. As it was, I wasn't even sure she'd had paranormal cases, outside of her lost son, before the events of the book, until it was finally mentioned toward the end. It felt like yet one more thing readers were just supposed to know already.
All the same, it was a fun read. There was a certain amount of humor and I'd be open to continuing the series.
Note: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request, and have voluntarily left this review.
Once you get used to the dialect used in this story it is an interesting tale I wish there was more character development, most is surface and I like in depth characters. Rebecca Winder did a Phenomenal job as narrator. Her voice flowed and her inflections spot on. I would definitely purchase more narrated by her. I would also like to read book 2 in this series to see where the story leads and hopefully get answers to some unanswered questions in Book 1
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