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A Keeper's Truth Hardcover – March 1, 2016
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- D.J. McIntosh, Award Winning Author of The Witch of Babylon
"When BDP first received the manuscript for A Keeper's Truth from Dee Willson, we read the first page and knew that this was the kind of book we started this business for. Dee has a wonderful storytelling voice, and her dedication to fine tuning a manuscript to be the best that it can be showed.... It's so wonderful to work with someone who values taking time to publish a book we hope readers will pick up again and again and become a favorite in their libraries."
- Bottom Drawer Publications
"Dee Willson is a born story-teller. Her worlds are freshly invented, meticulously considered, and richly told. A KEEPER'S TRUTH dazzles us with an entirely human protagonist and a love interest who is anything but. In all her work she manages to offer what we all want: surprise and delight and laughter, a remarkable achievement."
- Catherine Luttinger, Agent, Darhansoff & Verrill, New York
"From her masterful openings to her gut-wrenching finales, Dee Willson writes lush, imaginative stories. Her skill as a craftsman, whose perfect word choices are complimented by her talent for spellbinding plots and memorable characters. I've carved out a special place on my bookshelf for her current novels and plenty of of space for those yet to come."
- Tanis Mallow, Author
"Dee Willson's characters cast shadows sharp enough to make even the most jaded reader uneasy. She juxtaposes comfort with peril and the beautiful with the grotesque until the simplest gestures are disquieting and the only way out is forward."
- Rob Brunet, Author of Stinking Rich
About the Author
Dee Willson felt the writer’s call at fifteen, when she penned her first novel and received her first rejection letter to go with it. Over twenty years later, with two successful businesses under her belt (both with Canada’s largest book retailer, Indigo Books), Dee Willson rekindled her passion for novels. She joined a hard-core book club, published short stories and interviews, contributed to blogs, and wrote the novel A Keeper’s Truth, followed by GOT (Gift of Travel). Dee is presently working on the second instalment in the Keeper’s series, and Meant 2 B, a crazy ghost story riddled with fate. Dee and her husband currently reside in Burlington, Ontario. They are building their dream home on the shore of Lake Ontario, where they expect to watch their daughters frolic in the lake, and possibly grow four heads. Visit her online at www.deewillson.com or on Twitter @denisewillson --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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I highly suggest you read this book. Like me, you will be begging the author for more. I can't wait for book number two!
The lore was by far my favourite part of the book. Willson must have done some heavy research to come up with some of these elements and they are really, really cool. There were mentions of theoretical places (or not, depending who you ask) and almost magical stories about the existence of mankind that I had never come across before. It added a much deeper level to the story and I am so interested in where Willson found the inspiration for all of this.
The core of the story itself is a formula we are familiar with; a newly widowed woman, Tess, starts seeing strange visions, meets a dark and handsome stranger and starts to question her otherwise normal life and the truths she always thought she knew. While the base is familiar, the story is layered with the aforementioned lore and the reader is kept on the outskirts of what is actually happening for a good portion of the book. It moves quickly, but isn’t easy to piece everything together, and we learn more and more about the characters and their histories as the book goes on.
I was a little torn on how I felt about Tess; she was a great mother and a grieving widow, but she was a mess. I don’t hold that against her; its understandable being in the position she was, having just lost her husband and not knowing how to go on without him. But her back and forth between Bryce (the mysterious stranger) and Thomas (her longtime confidant) or whether she even was ready to be with anyone kind of drove me crazy at times. This behaviour secured a love triangle which often rubs me the wrong way, but at least in this case it was a lot deeper than it appeared and was intertwined again with more lore that set it apart from what you would typically expect from the situation.
That said, I really liked the relationship between Bryce and Thomas. At first I thought it might be annoying, but there were good grounds for the actions and reactions and it wasn’t just simple jealousy or something that existed just to add a sense of drama to the story. They created an interesting dynamic and while there was a bit of back and forth between guys, this didn’t totally dominate the whole story and that I can appreciate. It all ends up making sense as the story goes on.
I liked how this all came together in the end. The supernatural elements weren’t super shocking or off the wall to throw the story off kilter and they blended quite well with an otherwise normal-ish modern story. There is a lot more to who all these people are and this first book only just touches on it. I can’t wait to see where Willson takes us with this. Like I said, the lore and the story is so well crafted; I can’t wait to read more of it.
Originally posted on citygirlscapes.com
I thought this was going to be a fairly standard second chance romance, but it was so much more. The friendship with Thomas, the rivalry with Bryce, the Keepers and lost souls, just an amazing menagerie.
Luckily this is the first in a series, unfortunately I have no idea when book 2 is released, but I will be thrilled to continue this journey.
Reviewed by Jo
There is no way I am giving anything away with this story line, you will have to devour this story yourself, just remember that this is book 1, not sure when book 2 will be out. Let the stalking begin!!!! Would I recommend this amazing story to my friends, I sure would, it's amazing. Reviewed for HeadTripping Books by Carolyn.