- Series: Seasons (Book 2)
- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 13, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1979736103
- ISBN-13: 978-1979736107
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,091,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
“I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!” Ms. Mason has been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on her debut novel, Tessa, in 2013. Meanwhile, she cranked out a few dozen poems, made countless notes for story ideas, and earned her BFA in Interior Design. Ms. Mason lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; she didn’t want to be who she was and struggled with her own identity for many years. Her characters face many of these same demons. Ms. Mason writes stories of identity conflict. Her characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, her stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. “I know, I write from experience.”
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"You have many questions and many dark secrets. But you have much fear also. The fear, it rules over you and steals from you any hope for the future."
Scarlett Fontaine Sheehan could have been elated that she has escaped the horrors of her childhood; she is married to the love of her life whose rising career is on the brink of releasing them both from the cruel bondage of their pasts. Instead she remains chained to the terror, the dreams, the shadows; expecting any minute that her father will descend upon them; dragging her back to him and his vile treatment of her, to his unmentionable use of her body as his personal bargaining chip.
Scarlett's three childhood friends and loving husband determine to pull Scarlett back from the brink of an inky abyss into reality; persuading her to reconcile the bright threads of her future with the dark seams of her past; reminding her that she is loved, that she can follow her dreams; which up until this point have been hidden away in a sketchbook. As the twirling days of autumn leaves wane into the cold, dark winter nights, will Scarlett allow herself to hear the clear voice of truth, as unpleasant memories continue to suffocate all sensibility and distinguishing the truth from fiction appears to be nearly impossible.
Once again this author has impressed; using her unique voice with its concentric circles of plot twists, to broaden the scope of what is in her own words, "one long story, told by four different main characters".
I received a digital copy of this book from the author, but purchased a print copy for the purpose of easier review. The opinions stated are entirely my own
Seasons Book Tour
Just Read Publicity Tours
Four women; childhood friends. Growing pains; personal growth. Deep love; romance. Husbands; children. Heritage; New beginnings.
These things and more in Robin Mason’s Seasons series, set in the late 19th/early 20th century. Four women who have been friends since the youngest childhood must solve the mystery of not only what happened, but why it happened. Children often see events in a vastly different way than those same events actually occurred. Given their limited life experience, life is strained through childlike eyes, often leading to skewed perceptions of reality. Add a bit of mystery to the equation and one soon finds themselves deep in the lives of Mercedes; Scarlett; Pearl, and Simone.
The Long Shadows of Summer
Seasons Book One
Mercedes is the detective of the circle of friends. With a methodical approach to life, Mercedes is known to enjoy a good mystery, both within books and in life. She is the Sherlock Holmes, her friends Watson. The biggest mystery she must solve for herself is who she truly is…
Then there is Simone who tragically drowned in the nearby river when the circle were still school aged children. Yet, one day while shopping in town Mercedes sees a woman who looks remarkable like Simone, but it can’t be her, can it?
The Tilting Leaves of Autumn
Seasons Book Two
Scarlett is the quiet timid one of the group; she always has been. Scarlett is a scullery maid in her father’s house. Wait, what? She’s a scullery maid in her father’s house? How can this be?
Following the death of her mother, and a sibling, Scarlett’s father is overcome with grief becoming a very bitter and abusive man. While he remanded Scarlett to belowstairs as a scullery main, under the watchful eye of Tierney, Scarlett’s father becomes involved in gambling soon losing much of the family’s monies.
Subjected to horrible, unspeakable abuse at the hands of her father, Scarlett remembers the man he used to be…kind, gentle and loving. And she is convinced that her father needs her to help him find himself again. Mercedes, aware of the abuse but not the full extent, is determined to get her friend out of her father’s house, yet when she succeeds the mystery that surrounds Simone deepens and becomes much more tangled.
The Silent Song of Winter
Seasons Book Three
Ah, Pearl. Growing up under the demanding perfectionism of her mother, while her father adores her is just as confused about who she is as a young woman as the rest of her friends in the circle. She dresses just right; acts just right, and speaks with perfect diction. She is a welcomed and beloved friend of the group, who have no compunctions of setting her straight when she gets a bit too high faluting.
In all her focus on being perfect and following al, the societal rules to the letter, Pearl is probably the most insecure friend of the group.
Mercedes discovers in her investigating that it was not Simone that should have disappeared all those years ago, but Pearl. By her own mother, Lissette. Why? Then Pearl herself disappears.
The Whispering Winds of Summer
Seasons Book Four
Simone. Or is it Lara. Dreams, dreams of different people and of places she is sure she has never been. Living a squalid life with her mother, Lissette, Lara suffers abuse and the quiet knowledge that the men her mama brings home for the night, are there to use and hurt her mother. As Lara grows older, she begins to realize that the things that go on beyond her mother’s backdoor would be considered shameful were her friends to find out; that, and her mother’s drunkenness. Lara is her mother’s caretaker and her mother’s target.
As a young woman Simone experiences something that she realizes she must find out about, but her memory is so unclear. Knowing she must return to the place of her dreams, Simone secretly seeks out Mercedes to help her untangle her dreams, her life. Secretly because Simone instinctively knows she is in danger.
Family secrets unravel further, disentangling all the strands of the web the parents of the circle of friends created, unwittingly individually.
The friends have married or are getting married. Babies are born. Simone herself is married with a young child and is currently pregnant. She keeps her family hidden for fear they might get hurt by the person who has followed her for a very long time.
Mystery is finally out in the open. Long lost family is found. Each young woman has gone through her own and often painful personal growth during the past year. Personal growth that is based on learning they can trust God even in the midst of their fears.
I enjoyed this series, the first I’ve read of author Robin Mason. The unfolding mystery, carefully folded and then unfolded, kept me reading to find out what happened to this circle of friends. The dynamics among the friends were at times simple and at other times, complicated. I have given the series overall a 4 star rating simply because of the presence of the French language, some of which I was able to interpret from contextual clues, and some I am still wondering about the French to English translation. At times, I also got a bit lost in who was related to who and so forth; some kind of family tree or diagram would have been good. Overall, I found the story to be intriguing and I had to finish it to find out what the final puzzle looked like.
I was provided an ebook copy of all four books in this series via Just Read Publicity Tours and am under no obligation to provide a positive review.
In The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, we get to hear from Scarlett – another of the friends whose situation has dramatically changed from childhood to adulthood… and then again. Scarlett’s story is truly horrifying and heartbreaking, yet she maintains an inner dignity that is inspiring. At the same time, she struggles with fear as well as duty-based guilt, and these act as shadows over her heart that keep her from resting in the peace now available to her.
My favorite scene in the novel is the discussion between Mrs. Willowby and Scarlett over the ‘ruined’ snow white gown. The way that Mason weaves the conversation naturally into the gospel message a la Isaiah 1:18 is very meaningful and well-written. The tone stays light yet the reader also gets the sense that this is life-changing for Scarlett and perhaps even themselves.
Bottom Line: The Tilting Leaves of Autumn is gripping and emotional, a study in friendship, family and transition as well as mercy. Compelling characters and a warm writing voice help the story come alive as the town of Saisons bustles around us. As in the first book, sometimes the pacing slows but it’s much improved in this 2nd novel! A tough subject matter to the plot but one handled with grace and dignity, sure to tug on your emotions and linger in your heart.
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)