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- File Size : 1689 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 241 pages
- Publisher : Bold Strokes Books (September 12, 2017)
- ASIN : B074VBFL32
- Publication Date : September 12, 2017
- Language: : English
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #781,728 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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When they reach a lonely and derelict cabin, they are transported in time to 1837, when a witch hunter is on the prowl. A Native American woman appears in the cabin, and this women, Aquene, has the sight. Will they be able to escape the witch hunter, or will they join forces and find a way to banish him to hell?
Molly is friendly and not used to having to fight for what she holds dear. She’s been told all her life that her strength will come, but she’s never needed it before this. Molly was a light character, whose strength really rested in her joy of baking and her ability to bring together people of good character. It sounds a little old-fashioned, but there were elements of that in the book.
Aquene, the Native American love interest, was a much more interesting character and had more depth than the main character. I would have liked to have heard more from her. Winnie was the entertainment in the book, and she and Angus carried much of the early part of the book. They were a great addition to the story, and helped to ground the book before it descended into peril for the main character.
The antagonist, Matthew, was suitably spooky and creepy. He was well written and the parts with him were an interesting counterpoint to the rest of the book. I don’t always like hearing from the bad guy in these sorts of books, as I find them less interesting, but I think this book needed him for balance
This was a fairly light and enjoyable book about witches, hunters, and time travel.
Advanced reading copy provided by NetGalley for an honest review.
Walking Through Shadows by Sheri Lewis Wohl is a love story that defies time. Molly is a hereditary witch who has put all of her time and energy into her baking business, only to have her shop go up in smoke. When her friends, Angus and Winnie, invite her to go on a hike to take her mind off her loss, Molly reluctantly agrees. Aquene is a Native American woman who leaves her people to journey where the Great Spirit takes her. To save her people, Aqueene must help a strange woman from the future defeat a deadly witch hunter. But the boundaries of time may prove to be insurmountable to Aqueene and Molly’s blossoming love.
Walking Through Shadows had an intriguing storyline that caught my attention and kept me hooked through the story. I love a good time travel story, and the magic and romance enhanced the plot, which made this a fantastic read. The historical Native American setting was lovely, and one I don’t see enough in romance novels. I did wish there had been a bit more emphasis on the romance. However, the love between Aqueene and Molly was still sweet and enjoyable, and the rest of the plot made this story a great read. All of the characters were good, but I found myself loving to hate the witch hunter. He was so well written that I wanted to jump into the book and go after him! Walking Through Shadows is a fantastic read, and I definitely recommend reading it.
However, the politics of the romance insofar as it's about a white woman and a Native woman gave me pause. In a post-Dances with Wolves, Pocahontas, Avatar landscape, any kind of white/Native romance is potentially very dicey and would have to be handled with a great deal of care, and I don't feel that it was. The Native woman literally thinks of the protagonist as a white savior because of a vision, which is the kind of thing that should probably only be used for satirical purposes to critique the trope, but it's used completely seriously. That said, the way the plotline concludes is much better than one would expect given the way it begins, with the Native woman becoming the savior figure herself and the white protagonist as a supportive love interest. It just generally feels awkward and probably could have used a sensitivity reader.
Also, I'm pretty sure the cover illustration depicts a grimoire with a Star of David when it should be a pentagram. That's not the author's fault, but it could indicate that the publisher didn't really care about selling the book in its top form and just wanted a book cranked out. It'd be a shame, as I think a bit more editing could be what this book needed.